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Ben Lewis is the New Phantom at Her Majesty’s Theatre

Friday, 4th Aug 2017  

The Phantom of the Opera - Her Majesty's Theatre

The long-running The Phantom of the Opera needs little in the way of publicity – it being one of the most famous shows running in the capital – but it lands back in the spotlight this week thanks to its latest casting announcements, which reveals the names of an array of performers replacing the likes of Ben Forster and Celinde Schoenmaker this September.

Ben Lews is amongst them as he replaces Forster as the Phantom himself, whilst Kelly Mathieson takes on the role of Christine Daaé.

They become the latest in a long line of performers to inhabit the roles of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s popular musical, following in the footsteps not only of Ben Forster and Celinde Schoenmaker but Ramin Karimloo, Michael Crawford, Sarah Brightman and Sierra Boggess, amongst others.

The story takes us back in time as we witness events at the Paris Opera House, where a mysterious phantom – a disfigured composer – causes havoc when things don’t go his way. Matters take a different turn when the beautiful singer Christine Daaé enters the scene when a new opera premieres.

Based on Gaston Leroux’s 1909 novel, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical is the second-longest running in the capital (behind Les Misérables) and has entertained countless numbers of people at Her Majesty’s Theatre and in other locations worldwide.

It also spawned a sequel, Love Never Dies, in 2010 and that production was also seen around the world, including Down Under where Ben Lewis played the Phantom. That means this is the second time he has played the part when he inhabits the role in the original production in London. His other credits include Australian versions of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Urinetown, A Little Night Music and Anny Get Your Gun, in addition to Forbidden Broadway at the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre.

As well as Lewis and Mathieson, the new cast members also include Jeremy Taylor, Amy Manford, Matt Bateman, Jade Davies, Hannah Grace, Andrei Teodor Iliescu, Jordan Simon Pollard, Una Reynolds, Emily Smith, Rachel Spurrell and John Stacey.

Chris Packer
Chris Packer Chris Packer has been writing about the West End for many years and wishes this knowledge would help him win some pub quizzes. When he’s not writing about the newest shows he’s probably watching films or anticipating the latest releases.

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