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The Phantom of the Opera extends to March 2017
The musical will celebrate twenty years in the West End this year, after opening on 9 October 1986, following previews from 27 September 1986.
The current cast includes Ben Forster as 'The Phantom', Celinde Schoenmaker as 'Christine Daaé', Nadim Naaman as 'Raoul', Michael Matus as 'Monsieur Firmin', Christopher Dickins as 'Monsieur André', Megan Llewellyn as 'Carlotta', Jacinta Mulcahy as 'Madame Giry', John Ellis as 'Piangi' and Alicia Beck as 'Meg'.
The Phantom of the Opera has been seen in 124 cities in 25 countries and played to over 100 million people. It is directed by Harold Prince and features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Charles Hart. Based on the novel by Gaston Leroux this haunting musical traces the tragic love story of a beautiful opera singer and a young composer shamed by his physical appearance into a shadowy existence beneath the majestic Opera Paris House.
The show has won 70 major theatre awards, including seven Tony’s on Broadway and three Olivier Awards in the West End. It won the ‘Most Popular Musical Audience Award’, voted by the public, in the 2002 Laurence Olivier Awards.
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