Last night, The Phantom Of The Opera London celebrated its 30th Anniversary at Her Majesty’s Theatre, London. At the end of the performance held in aid of The Music In Secondary Schools Trust, a special finale took place that included the current Phantom Ben Forster, Celinde Schoenmaker (Christine Daae and Raoul (Nadim Naaman). Joining them on stage were producer Cameron Mackintosh, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, … Read more
Although there are a few moments when the old girl creaks slightly, for the most part the staging feels contemporary and interest is snapped to attention right from the very start, when the slightly menacing words of the auctioneer herald the commencement of proceedings. The sequences in the Phantom’s lair, complete with boat, candles and ornate organ are almost hypnotic; tendrils of smoke wrap around the imagination, infusing the action and music with intrigue. Harriet Jones is beautiful, petite and alluring, exactly as Christine Daaé should be. Vocally, as the Phantom, Kieran Brown’s fine, high-baritone is silky, seductive, and powerful.