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Did You Know…? Cool The Phantom of the Opera Facts

Thursday, 13th Aug 2015  

The Phantom of the Opera

It’s hard to believe it’s nearly 30 years since The Phantom of the Opera first opened at Her Majesty's Theatre in the West End. But do you know your Phantom facts? 

Did you know that on 11th August 2015, the West End production reached a milestone of its 12,000th performance, later playing its 12,500th performance in October 2016.  That’s some longevity! Not only that, but it’s made it into the Guinness World Records for the longest running Broadway show, where it's still playing today.

The musical has been reproduced in 30 countries around the world – that’s a truly universal audience!

Steve Harley was originally asked to play the Phantom in London but it was decided soon after that Michael Crawford would be a better casting. Crawford went on to originate the role of the Phantom, opposite Sarah Brightman as Christine Daae.

When the show first opened in 1986, Andrew Lloyd Webber was so nervous about it that he didn’t attend the performance. 

The Phantom’s makeup used to take 4 hours to apply, but now it takes roughly 30 minutes for the Phantom to get into his outfit.

Andrew Lloyd Webber was inspired to write the musical after picking up a used copy of Gaston Leroux's novel of the same name. We bet he couldn’t have imagined just how much it would transform theatre musicals!

In each performance of The Phantom of the Opera, there are 130 cast, crew and orchestra members. 

Sarah Brightman – who played the original Christine Daae- was married to Andrew Lloyd Webber. 

If you haven’t seen it before then what are you waiting for? The Phantom of the Opera is still running in the West End at Her Majesty’s Theatre.

Updated: 20th May 2020


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