The Phantom Of the Opera


Possibly one of the greatest entertainments every conceived, The Phantom Of the Opera is one of the highest grossing musicals of all time and has been seen by millions of people across the globe.

The timeless staging of The Phantom Of The Opera has made it a firm favourite over the last 26 years in the West-End. The Phantom Of The Opera is still being performed in its original London venue Her Majesty’s Theatre. The show was designed to use many of the theatres original Victorian stage mechanisms.

Based on the novel by Gaston Leroux, The Phantom Of The Opera tells the tale of a hideously deformed composer, forced to hide in the depths of the Paris Opera House. When young dancer Christine Daae arrives at the opera, he begins to tutor her under the guise of the ghost of her dead father convinced that she has the makings of a great star. All does not go to plan though, when childhood sweetheart Raoul appears as patron of the opera’s new owners.

Mayhem ensues as this timeless love triangle plays out. But does love triumph in the end?

The Phantom Of The Opera was composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber whose other shows include Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, Song & Dance, Starlight Express, The Beautiful Game, Aspects Of Love, Stephen Ward and Love Never Dies – a sequel to The Phantom Of The Opera.

The lyrics for the show were written by Charles Hart and Richard Stilgoe.

It is estimated that Phantom has been seen by more than 140 million people, and the total worldwide gross is now in excess of $6 billion.

The London production of The Phantom of the Opera celebrated its 25th Anniversary in October 2011 with a series of 3 performances at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

The Phantom of the Opera has been produced in 151 cities, in 30 countries around the world, including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, England, Germany, Holland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand and The United States.

The dazzling replica of the Paris Opera House chandelier is made up of 6,000 beads consisting of 35 beads to each string. It is three metres wide and weighs one ton. The touring version falls at two an a half metres per second. The original version was built by five people in four weeks.

The Phantom’s make-up takes two hours to put on and 30 minutes to take off. The face is moisturized, closely shaved and the prosthetics are fitted, setting immediately, before two wigs, two radio mics and two contact lenses (one white and one clouded) are placed.

Each performance has 230 costumes, 14 dressers, 120 automated cues, 22 scene changes, 281 candles and uses 250 kg of dry ice and 10 fog and smoke machines.


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The Phantom – Ben Forster
Christine Daae – Celinde Schoenmaker
Raoul – Nadim Naaman
Carlotta – Lara Martins
Monsieur Firmin – Andy Hockley
Monsieur Andre – Martin Ball
Meg Giry – Alicia Beck
Madame Giry – Jacinta Mulcahy

Director – Harold Prince
Composer, Book, Co-Orchestrator – Andrew Lloyd Webber
Musical Staging and Choreography – Gillian Lynne
Lyrics – Charles Hart
Book and Additional Lyrics – Richard Stilgoe
Production Designer – Maria Bjornson
Lighting Design – Andrew Bridge
Sound Design – Mick Potter
Original Sound Designer – Martin Levan

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical The Phantom of The Opera is a gorgeous operatic extravaganza that is a thrill to the blood and a sensual feast for the eye.
Richard Barkley, Sunday Express

…this is as spectacular a piece of true theatre as London has seen in years.
John Barber, Daily Telegraph

Four words sum up the unstoppable success of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s triumphant re-working of this vintage spine-tingling melodrama. Stars, spectacle, score and story.
Jack Tinker, Daily Mail

1986 LONDON – Olivier Awards

Outstanding Performance in a Musical – Michael Crawford

Musical of the Year

1986 LONDON  – Evening Standard Theatre Awards

Best Musical

1988  BROADWAY Tony Awards

Best Musical

Leading Actor in a Musical – Michael Crawford

Featured Actress in a Musical – Judy Kaye (Carlotta)

Director (Musical) – Hal Prince

Set Designer – Maria Bjornson

Costume Designer – Maria Bjornson

Lighting Designer – Andrew Bridge

1988 NEW YORK – Drama Desk Awards

Outstanding Director of a Musical – Hal Prince

Outstanding Actor in a Musical  – Michael Crawford

Outstanding Music – Andrew Lloyd Webber

Outstanding Orchestration – David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber

Outstanding Set Design – Maria Bjornson

Outstanding Costume Design – Maria Bjornson

Outstanding Lighting Design – Andrew Bridge

1988 NEW YORK – Outer Critics Circle Awards

Best Broadway Musical

Best Actor (Musical) – Michael Crawford

Best Set Design – Maria Bjornson

Best Costume Design – Maria Bjornson

Best Lighting Design – Andrew Bridge

1989/90 LOS ANGELES – Drama Critics Awards

Leading Performance – Michael Crawford

Best Set Design – Maria Bjornson

Best Costume Design – Maria Bjornson

Best Lighting Design – Andrew Bridge

1989/90 TORONTO – Dora Mavor Moore Awards

Outstanding Production

Outstanding Male Performance – Colm Wilkinson

Outstanding Direction – Hal Prince

Outstanding Set Design – Maria Bjornson

Outstanding Costume Design – Maria Bjornson

Outstanding Lighting Design – Andrew Bridge

1989/90 STOCKHOLM – Guldmasken Awards

Best Scenography/Set Decoration – Maria Bjornson

Best Leading Actor – Mikael Samuelson (Phantom)

Best Supporting Actor – Bert-Ake Varg (Firmin)

Jury’s Special Prize: Producer – Goran Lindgren

1989/90 SWEDEN – Svenska Dagbladets Operapris

Mikael Samuelson (Phantom)

1990 AUSTRALIA – Mo Awards

Musical Theatre Performer of the Year – Anthony Warlow

Supporting Female Musical Theatre Performer – Christa Leahmann

Male Musical Theatre Performer – Anthony Warlow

Female Musical Theatre Performer – Marina Prior

Musical Theatre Production – The Phantom of the Opera

1991 AUSTRALIA – Victorian Tourism and Australian Hotels Association Awards

Best Tourist Attraction – The Phantom of the Opera / Melbourne

1991 AUSTRALIA – Womens Weekly Golden Gavel Awards

Miscellaneous – The Phantom of the Opera / Melbourne

1991 AUSTRALIA – Australian Tourism Awards

Award of Distinction in Festivals and Special Events – The Phantom of the Opera/Melbourne

1991 AUSTRALIA – Victorian Green Room Awards

Production – Cameron Mackintosh

Direction – Harold Prince

Set Design – Maria Bjornson

Costume Design – Maria Bjornson

Male Performer in a Leading Role – Anthony Warlow

Female Performer in a Leading Role – Marina Prior

1999/2001 UK – Group Leisure Industry Award

Best Theatre Production

2002 LONDON – Olivier Awards

Audience Award for Most Popular Show

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