Andrew Lloyd Webber's sensational long-running musical The Phantom of the Opera continues to run in its original form at the West End's Her Majesty's Theatre. Since opening in 1986 where it won the Olivier Award for Best Musical, the show features some of Lloyd Webber's most memorable music alongside the original stunning set design, costumes and special effects.
The haunting story of The Phantom of the Opera is adapted from Gaston Leroux's novel of the same name and is set in the heart of the Paris Opera House. As young ballet dancer Christine Daae becomes the object of The Phantom's secret affections, he manipulates her career at the expense and horror of the Opera House staff and stars. A truly romantic tragedy, this beautiful story is set against one of the West End's most memorable scores that includes hit songs such as “The Music of the Night”, “All I Ask of You”, “Think of Me”, and of course, “The Phantom of the Opera”.
The Phantom of the Opera began previews in London on 27th September 1986, with an original opening night on 9th October 1986.
The musical is one of the most successful pieces of entertainment in history with combined worldwide grosses of over $5.6 billion. It has been seen by over 130 million people in 145 cities across 27 countries, and continues to play in its original form in both the West End, where it is the second longest running musical in history, and Broadway, where it boasts the title of the longest-running show.
In a report from The Stage, the show's orchestra will be cut in half when the production returns to the West End this summer.
Having spawned a sequel musical Love Never Dies and a successful film adaptation starring Gerard Butler, the glorious original production in London's West End continues to draw audiences from all over the world. Boasting an incredible cast of performers, audiences find themselves consistently drawn to the show time and time again, with a new generation of theatre lovers discovering the musical for the very first time.
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