The Phantom of the Opera
The Phantom of the Opera first played to audiences in 1986 at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London, where it still continues to entertain spectators to this day. With a score written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, and based on the French novel Le Fantôme de l’Opéra by Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera has become one of the most successful entertainment projects of all time. The show opened on Broadway in 1988 and is the longest-running show in history there, and is second only to Les Misérables in the West End for longevity. Winning all of the main theatre awards and having performed to more than 100 million people worldwide, Phantom is a musical theatre phenomenon. The Phantom of the Opera is currently playing at Her Majesty’s Theatre.
With breath-taking set designs and beautiful costumes, the haunting story of The Phantom of the Opera is the emotional tale of Christine Daaé, a beautiful soprano who becomes the obsession of a disfigured musical genius who keeps his identity hidden behind a mask as he lives out his life beneath the Paris Opera House.
The role of the mysterious Phantom is played by Marcus Lovett whose Broadway credits include Les Miserables and Aspects of Love. Christine Daaé is performed by Sofia Escobar, an actress originally from Portugal who was the Portuguese voiceover of Jasmine in Disney’s DVD trilogy of Aladdin. Christine’s husband, Raoul, is performed by Simon Thomas whose West End appearances include Legally Blonde and Into the Woods.
Show Length and Times
The Phantom of the Opera lasts for 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one intermission. Evening performances for the show begin at 7.30pm from Monday to Saturday, with matinees at 2.30pm on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
“It’s a haunting and strangely touching story, with Lloyd Webber’s phantom coming across as a sort of Elephant Man who, despite his oftimes evil intent, evokes only pity.”
Lizzie Guilfoyle at indieLONDON
“A team of supreme theatre craftsmen have seized avidly on its lush romantic agony to produce a musical as sumptuous and unashamedly stagey as a Victorian pantomime – a blessedly trad antidote to the current craze for shows chockablock with laser beams, video streams and fake holographs.”
Charles Spencer at the Daily Telegraph
Here are highlights from the show:
Here’s an interview with London’s longest running cast member: