Phantom of the Opera Marks 29 Years at Her Majesty’s Theatre
The Second Longest Running West End Show
After 29 magical years and 8 live shows a week, Phantom of the Opera is still one of the most famous (and dare we say favourite) destination’s for London theatregoers. Whilst many popular West End shows have celebrated significant anniversaries this year, including Les Misérables which recently turned 30, Phantom is the only one to have never moved from its home at Her Majesty’s Theatre.
Based on the 1910 French novel ‘Le Fantome de l’Opera’ written by Gaston Leroux, the stage musical was first performed at Her Majesty’s Theatre in 1986 with Michael Crawford as the Phantom and Sarah Brightman as Christine Daae. Both actors went on to reprise their leading roles when the production opened on Broadway at the Majestic Theatre in 1988 where it remains to this day.
5 Fascinating Phantom Facts
1. Seen by more than 140 million people worldwide in 30 countries and 151 cities.
2. Winner of more than 70 theatre awards including 3 Olivier Awards and 7 Tony Awards.
3. The West End production played its 10,000th performance in October 2010.
4. Turned into a hit film in 2004 directed by Joel Schumacher and starring Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossum in the leading roles.
5. The song ‘Learn To Be Lonely’ was written for the movie and received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song in 2005. Beyoncé performed the song at the ceremony, accompanied by Andrew Lloyd Webber on the piano.
Love Never Dies
Love Never Dies is the sequel to The Phantom of the Opera and first opened at the Adelphi Theatre back in March 2010. The story is set 10 years later and reunites Christine and the Phantom after she receives a mysterious invitation to perform at Phantasma in New York. After receiving mixed reviews the show closed in London after an 18 month run, however has gone on to play successfully in a number of countries around the world.
New London Cast
Earlier in September the London production announced a number of cast changes. Currently starring in the musical are John Owen-Jones as the Phantom with Celinde Schoenmaker as Christine. Also new to the line-up are Nadim Naaman as Raoul, Jacinta Mulcahy as Madame Giry, Alicia Beck as Meg Giry and Megan Llewellyn as Carlotta. Michael Matus and Christopher Dickens are the new Monsieur’s Firmin and Andre with John Ellis as Ubaldo Piangi.
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