The Phantom Of The Opera, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s unstoppable worldwide mega-hit is heading towards its 30th birthday in London’s West End and a few new faces are joining the cast. Continuing in their current roles are Ben Forster as The Phantom, Celinde Schoenmaker as Christine Daae, Nadim Naaman as Raoul, Megan Llewellyn as Carlotta and Jacinta Mulcahy as Madame Giry. From Monday 5 September 2016, new cast members will include Siôn Lloyd (Titanic, The Bodyguard) as Monsieur Firmin; Mark Oxtoby ( Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Oh What A Lovely War!) as Monsieur Andre; Paul Ettore Tabone (Love Never Dies) as Piangi and Daisy Hulbert (National Moravian-Silesian Ballet) as Meg. The Phantom Of The Opera has won over 70 major theatre swards including seven Tony awards on Broadway and three Olivier Awards in the West End. It is the first stage production to reach world-wide grosses of USD$6 billion, surpassing … Read more
This week, we headed down to the West End to check out The Phantom of the Opera, which is still pulling in huge crowds 30 years since it opened. Here’s our top five reasons to join the millions who have seen it. 1. Set and staging The show is a visual feast, with Maria Björnson’s set design still inspiring awe after all these years. Whether it’s the smoke filled gondolas or majestic staircases, it makes for a spectacular and surprising experience. Combined with Harold Prince’s direction and Gillian Lynne’s choreography, Phantom still wows 30 years later. 2. Costumes The show is also resplendent with some wonderful costumes, particularly during the Masquerade sequence at the start of the second half. Set in 1881, Phantom takes advantage of the colour and elaborateness of the period’s outfits. You may leave lamenting that we do not still wear gowns and top hats! 3. Music … Read more
West End Heroes wisely avoided making the concert a remembrance festival; instead it was a celebration of the brilliant talent within both the military and the UK theatre scene. Director Tim Marshall said he wanted to offer a ‘great night out’; by that standard the production passed with flying (military) colours.
Major cast changes are afoot at The Phantom Of The Opera with the announcement today that John Owen-Jones will return to the role of The Phantom from 7 September 2015, with Ben Forster taking on the role from 1 February 2016. John Owen-Jones has now played the role of The Phantom more than any other actor in the West End production’s history. John’s last performance will be on Saturday 30 January 2016 when Ben Forster will take over fresh from the season of Elf at London’s Dominion Theatre where he will play Buddy. Joining both Owen-Jones and Forster will be Celinde Schoenmaker as Christine Daaé; Nadim Naaman as Raoul, Michael Matus as Monsieur Firmin and Christopher Dickins as Monsieur André. It is estimated that The Phantom Of The Opera has been seen by more than 140 million people worldwide and the total gross is now in excess of $6 billion. … Read more