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
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.