Key cast changes been announced for The Phantom Of The Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London.
Ben Lewis will don the mask when he takes over from Ben Forster as The Phantom.
Ben’s theatre credits include originating the role of The Phantom in the Australian production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ill-fated sequel Love Never Dies. He’s most recently been in Annie Get Your Gun (Sheffield Crucible), Love Me Tender, Forbidden Broadway and Candide (Menier Chocolate Factory).
Kelly Mathieson will replace Celinde Schoenmaker as Christine Daaé. The role will mark Mathieson’s West End debut. Her previous opera credits include “Le Nozze de Figaro”, “Agrippina”, “Orpheus and the Underworld”, “Die Zauberflöte” and “Carmen”.
Jeremy Taylor replaces Nadim Naaman as Raoul. Jeremy’s West End credits include Wicked, We Will Rock You and The Sound of Music.
Lewis, Mathieson and Taylor join Lara Martins as ‘Carlotta Giudicelli’, Siôn Lloyd as ‘Monsieur Firmin’, Mark Oxtoby as ‘Monsieur Andre’, Jacinta Mulcahy as ‘Madame Giry’, Paul Ettore Tabone as ‘Ubaldo Piangi’ and Georgia Ware as ‘Meg Giry’.
Scott Davies will continue as the standby ‘Phantom’ and Amy Manford joins as the alternate Christine Daaé.
Now in its 32 year, The Phantom of the Opera is the 2nd longest running musical and 3rd longest running production in London’s West End history.
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The new cast will begin performances on 4 September 2017 at Her Majesty’s Theatre, London.