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‘The Phantom of the Opera’ celebrates 35 years in London

The London production of The Phantom of the Opera celebrated 35 years on stage last night with a special gala performance at Her Majesty’s Theatre in the West End.

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and producer Cameron Mackintosh were in attendance alongside guests including Boy George, Max Whitlock, Dr. Ranj, The Vivienne, Melanie Blatt, Chris Moyles, Amy Hart, Jeremy Vine and Matt Richardson.

Since premiering in 1986, The Phantom of the Opera tickets have been one of the must see shows of anyone coming to London. The production has just undergone a makeover with Andrew Lloyd Webber spending millions to refurbish Her Majesty’s Theatre.

Cameron Mackintosh and Lucy St Louis (Christine Daaé)
Cameron Mackintosh and Lucy St Louis (Christine Daaé) following the gala performance of Phantom.

Whilst the production is still closely associated with its original cast, Michael Crawford, Sarah Brightman and Steve Barton, who originated the roles of The Phantom, Christine Daeé and Raoul in London and on Broadway, there have been many memorable actors and actresses performing the roles over the last 35 years.

The Phantom has been played by John Owen-Jones, Ramin Karimloo, Peter Polycarpou, Ben Forster andDavid Thaxton. Claire Moore, Gina Beck, Anna O’Byrne have all given memorable performances of Christine Daeé. And who could forget the performances of Michael Ball, John Barrowman, Killian Donnelly, Ramin Karimloo, Michael Xavier in the role of Raoul.

The London production of The Phantom of the Opera currently stars double Olivier Award nominee Killian Donnelly as ‘The Phantom’, Lucy St Louis as ‘Christine Daaé’ and Rhys Whitfield as ‘Raoul’

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

Boy George, Kay Burley and Pete Waterman snapped attending the gala performance of Phantom.
Boy George, journalist Kay Burley and record producer Pete Waterman snapped attending the gala performance of Phantom. Photo: Craig Sugden.

The show features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Charles Hart, and additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe. It has a book by Richard Stilgoe and Andrew Lloyd Webber which is based on the novel ‘LeFantôme de l’Opera’ by Gaston Leroux. Orchestrations are by David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Nick Ferrari, Jeremy Vine, Chris Moyles and Tiffany Austin snapped at The Phantom of the Opera 35th anniversary performance
Nick Ferrari, Jeremy Vine, Chris Moyles and Tiffany Austin snapped at The Phantom of the Opera 35th anniversary performance. Photo:Craig Sugden.

The Phantom of the Opera tickets London are available to book through 13 February 2022.

The Phantom of the Opera is booking until 13 February 2022 at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London.


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