Opened: 27th September 1986
Booking period: 4th April 2020
Show Times: Monday-Saturday 19:30, Thursday & Saturday 14:30
Running Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Venue: Her Majesty’s Theatre
Phantom of the Opera is a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Richard Stilgoe, with lyrics by Charles Hart, and it is based on the French book ‘La Fantôme de l’Opéra’ by Gaston Leroux.
The show opened in the West End in 1986 and on Broadway in 1988. Phantom of the Opera is Broadway’s longest running musical and the West End’s second longest running musical (second to Les Misérables).
The story begins with new managers visiting their opera house for the first time. There is immediately an accident which causes the opera’s leading soprano singer, prima donna, Carlotta, to leave. Wishing to avoid cancelling that night’s sold-out performance, a young dancer in the company, Christine Daaé, who has been taking singing lessons, is put on as a replacement.
After the show, Christine’s teacher calls to her and praises her performance. The Phantom appears before her and takes her down to his realm in the catacombs under the theatre. It becomes apparent that the teacher is very much in love with his student.
The opera’s new patron, Raoul, is an old childhood friend of Christine’s and is also in love with her. Initially, the Phantom’s hold on Christine is strong; however, his ruthlessness and power over her grows to scare her and she looks to Raoul for comfort and stability. The story ends in heartbreak and tragedy.
David Thaxton as The Phantom
Kelly Mathieson as Christine Daaé
Jeremy Taylor as Raoul
Amy Manford as Christine Daaé at certain performances
Scott Davies as Standby Phantom
Kimberly Blake as Carlotta Giudicelli
Ross Dawes as Monsieur Firmin
Mark Oxtoby as Monsieur André
Jacinta Mulcahy as Madame Giry
Georgia Ware as Meg Giry
Ensemble and Swing
Matthew Barrow, Matt Bateman, James Bisp, James Butcher, Bridget Costello, Sophie Cottrill, Hadrian Delacey, Morven Douglas, Paul Erbs, Lori Gilchrist, Hannah Grace, Philip Griffiths, Katy Hanna, Hettie Hobbs, Emily Hodge, Grace Horne, Lily Howes, Andrei Teodor Iliescu, Ellen Jackson, Adam Robert Lewis, Kris Manuel, Tim Morgan, Rebecca Ridout, Rachel Squrrell, John Stacey, Danielle Stephens, Paul Ettore Tabone, Claire Tilling, Victoria Ward, and Danny Whitehead
The Phantom of the Opera is showing at Her Majesty’s Theatre and is currently booking until 4th April 2020. Her Majesty’s Theatre opened in 1703. It has a long and troubled history and the theatre we see today is the fourth built on the site, which opened in 1897.
Her Majesty’s Theatre is owned by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Theatre Group and therefore the best place to buy tickets for The Phantom of the Opera is through their website. For more information regarding your visit to the Her Majesty’s Theatre, read our guide.
Our reviewers were enchanted by The Phantom of the Opera, giving it ★★★★★ and describing it as “…tragic, beautiful love story with a twist of ghostly chill”. To read the full review, click here.
Watch our video of the cast of Phantom of the Opera performing at West End Live 2015, click here.