John Owen-Jones in The Phantom Of The Opera at Her Majesty's Theatre
New Phantoms Announced for the Long-Running Musical
The Phantom of the Opera remains one of the most popular and well known musicals on offer in the West End even though it has been running at Her Majesty’s Theatre since 1986. But whilst the story of the masked ‘phantom’ lurking beneath the Paris Opera House has remained during its long run, its cast is forever changing.
With that in mind, some new names have been announced for the production, including two new performers taking over the role of the Phantom in coming months. John Owen-Jones is set to take on the part from September and he joins the cast alongside Celinde Schoenmaker as Christine, plus Michael Matus, Nadim Naaman and Christopher Dickens.
Taking us back in time to the end of the 19th century, we find ourselves at the Paris Opera House, where an ominous figure casts an unwelcome presence. The Phantom is a legend, a disfigured young composer who causes great trouble when things don’t go his way. So when he falls in love with the young chorus singer Christine Daaé, it is clear that it would spell great trouble if she didn’t land a big part in the brand new opera.
It is based on the novel by Gaston Leroux, which was published in the early years of the 20th century, and is popular all over the world and remains the second longest-running musical in the capital after Les Misérables.
That show is one of the previous credits held by John Owen-Jones, who portrayed Jean Valjean at the Queen’s Theatre in 2005. The talented performer has a range of credits, including The Phantom Of The Opera in the West End back in 2001, as well as other productions of the show, including the 25th anniversary production at the Royal Albert Hall in 2011. He has also appeared in The Pirates Of Penzance at the Open Air Theatre Regent’s Park and Uprooted at the Tricycle Theatre.
Owen-Jones is set to play the Phantom from 7th September 2015 until 30th January 2016. After that, Ben Forster is set to take on the role.
The Phantom Of The Opera is running at Her Majesty’s Theatre and is currently booking to Saturday 26th March 2016.