Actress Lucy St Louis

Lucy St Louis to headline ‘Phantom’ in London’s West End

Lucy St Louis will play ‘Christine Daaé’ when the London production of The Phantom of the Opera resumes performances at Her Majesty’s Theatre this July. St Louis will become the first black actress to play the role which has now been running for over 35 years in London.

Lucy St Louis starred as ‘Diana Ross’ in the West End production of Motown The Musical at the Shaftesbury Theatre. Her other West End credits include Beautiful The Carole King Musical, The Book of Mormon and Man of La Mancha which starred Kelsey Grammar. She has also appeared in Ragtime at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.

Rhys Whitfield and double Olivier Award nominee Killian Donnelly will play ‘Raoul’ and ‘The Phantom’ respectively. Both actors having previously played the roles in the UK tour. Killian Donnelly is best known for playing ‘Charlie Price’ in Kinky Boots The Musical (West End and Broadway), ‘Huey’ in the original London cast of Memphis and Deco in The Commitments. He has also played Jean Valjean, Enjolras and Courfeyrac in West End and touring productions of Les Miserables.

Whitfield most recently played the role of ‘Raoul’ in the National Tour of Phantom. He has also appeared in Summer and Smoke at the Duke of York’s Theatre in the West End and as ‘Peter’ in Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. His other credits include Close to You at the Criterion Theatre and the UK tour of The Commitments.

Rhys Whitfield, Lucy St Louis and Killian Donnelly. Photo Tim Bret-Day

Andrew Lloyd Webber said today “I am thrilled to announce our first entirely new cast for The Phantom of the Opera in London in over 35 years. This cast includes some wonderful performers with whom I have worked in the past, such as Killian and Rhys as well as the hugely exciting Lucy St Louis in the role of Christine Daaé. Lucy first sang for me in between lockdowns one and two and I was utterly bewitched.

Cameron Mackintosh said “Putting the new version of the original Phantom production back into its perfect home Her Majesty’s Theatre, 35 years after its premiere, is an unexpected thrill. None of us had any idea The Phantom would be haunting the stage for so long. Although many of our brilliant original creative colleagues including, Hal Prince, Maria Björnson and Gillian Lynne are sadly no longer with us, their work lives on inspiring our new creative team to stage the Phantom afresh, as if it was a brand new production.” He added “This time around Her Majesty’s Theatre will take even more of a starring role alongside our brilliant new cast.”

The cast also includes Saori Oda as ‘Carlotta Giudicelli’, Matt Harrop as ‘Monsieur Firmin’, Adam Linstead as ‘Monsieur André’, Greg Castiglioni as ‘Ubaldo Piangi’, Francesca Ellis as ‘Madame Giry’ and Ellie Young as Meg Giry. At certain performances the role of ‘Christine Daaé’ will be played by Holly-Anne Hull.

Produced by Cameron Mackintosh and Andrew Lloyd Webber, The Phantom of the Opera is written by Richard Stilgoe with lyrics by Charles Hart, it is composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber with co-orchestration by Lloyd Webber and David Cullen.

The Phantom of the Opera is booking from 27 July 2021 until 13 February 2022 at Her Majesty’s Theatre, London.

📷 Main photo: Actress Lucy St Louis

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