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David Thaxton is the new Phantom Of The Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre

Saturday, 24th Nov 2018  

The Phantom of the Opera - Her Majesty's Theatre

It’s time once again to revisit one of the longest running musicals in the capital – The Phantom of the Opera – as it reveals the latest actor set to portray its iconic lead role.

David Thaxton will join the show in early December and in doing so he will be swapping one French-set musical for another as he recently appeared in Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre (a show in which he also appeared during the 2014/2015 season).

It means that Thaxton will play the masked figure lurking beneath the Paris Opera House. Known to all those at the venue, he appears when things don’t go his way and causes havoc in his wake. The story takes a dramatic turn when the beautiful young Christine Daaé emerges onto the scene, with the Phantom becoming obsessed with her and reacting poorly when she fails to get the part in the latest show.

Based on the classic novel by Gaston Leroux, The Phantom Of The Opera is arguably one of the most famous musicals in the world and the second-longest running in the West End (after Les Misérables). It celebrated its 30th birthday in 2016 and continues to draw in the audiences.

The presence of David Thaxton as the new Phantom will only keep it fresh in the minds of theatregoers, of course. He replaces Tim Howar, who takes a temporarily leave between December 2018 and May 2019, and in doing so follows up a wealth of credits, which includes Love Never Dies (the Phantom sequel) at the Adelphi Theatre, Passion at the Donmar Warehouse and Sweeney Todd at the Norwich Playhouse. He has appeared in Les Misérables on numerous occasions, Beginning in the ensemble, before moving up to the role of Enjolras and eventually Javert.

So his presence in The Phantom Of The Opera is a major coup for the production, which continues to go from strength to strength. He begins performances on Monday 10th December 2018. Meanwhile, the show is booking at Her Majesty’s Theatre to Saturday 5th October 2019.

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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