Phantom Of The Opera
The Phantom of the Opera London premiered at Her Majesty’s Theatre over 27 years ago on 9th October 1986 following previews from 27th September. Today, it is the second longest-running musical in West End history after Les Miserables, having celebrated an incredible 10,000 performances at Her Majesty’s Theatre on 23rd October 2010. The Phantom of the Opera is now one of the most successful stage shows in history. It has played to over 100 million people worldwide in 149 cities in 25 countries, grossing an incredible £3 billion – more than any other entertainment event in history and more than top films Titanic and Avatar combined.
Based on the gothic novel, Le Fantôme de l’Opéra by Gaston Leroux, written in 1910 and published a year later, The Phantom of the Opera transports us to 19th Century Paris, beneath the stage of the Opera House where a man resides, hidden from the outside world. The man is the Phantom, a disfigured, mysterious musical genius who fixates on Christine Daaé, a beautiful soprano singer from the chorus of the opera. With the help of the Phantom, she is made the star of the show, but soon breaks his heart, turning the masked creature from friend to fiend.
The Phantom of the Opera was adapted onto the stage by Andrew Lloyd Webber who was interested in writing a romantic tale. He proposed the idea to producer Cameron Mackintosh, using Gaston Leroux’s novel as the basis for an idea. In 1984 they decided to adapt the classic story instead of writing their own, with production beginning, opening in October 1986 with Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman as the leading roles of the Phantom and Christine. The musical was an instant success, winning the Olivier Award for Best Musical that year, with Crawford also receiving an award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Musical. The score was written by Lloyd Webber and includes songs Masquerade, All I Ask of You and The Music of the Night.
The Phantom of the Opera shows six evenings a week at 7.30pm, Monday to Saturday, with matinees twice a week on Thursdays and Saturdays at 2.30pm. The running time is 2 hours and 20 minutes, including a short interval.