West End long runner ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ has announced that it will freshen up with a brand new cast that begins performances from Monday September 3rd 2012. The hit musical that has worldwide grosses in excess of £3.2billion continues to play at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London’s West End, where it is currently London’s second longest running musical, after ‘Les Miserables’.

All New The Phantom of the Opera Cast

Joining the cast will be Marcus Lovett as the eponymous Phantom, along with Simon Thomas as love interest Raoul. Lara Martins will take over as opera Diva Carlotta, and Anna O’Byrne will feature as Christine at certain performances. Some members of the cast will remain the same, including Cheryl McAvoy as Madame Giry, Jeremy Secomb as Piangi, Barry James as Monsieur Firmin, Gareth Snook as Monsieur Andre and Anna Forbes as Meg Giry. Sofia Escobar will continue in the leading role of Christine, after making headlines earlier this year for aiming abusive ‘tweets’ at an audience member who did not enjoy her performance. After searching for her own name on Twitter, the star joined in on a conversation with a fan of the show who had not enjoyed her take on the haunted soprano, getting her boyfriend and fans to attack the poster for her views.

The new cast bring a great deal of experience to the show, with the two new leads having performed the roles around the world. Marcus Lovett has previously starred as The Phantom on Broadway, along with Les Miserables and the Lincoln Centre’s production of Nicholas Hytner’s ‘Carousel’. He originated the role of ‘The Man’ in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Whistle Down the Wind’ which originally opened at the Aldwych Theatre in London.

Anna O’Bryne made her debut as Christine in the Australian production of the show, and was more recently in the original Australian production of ‘Love Never Dies’, playing Christine. Her performance was recorded for commercial release on DVD. Simon Thomas brings experience of a different kind, having recently starred as Warner in the West End production of ‘Legally Blonde’. He also played Rapunzel’s Prince in the acclaimed 2010 production of Into The Woods at the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park.

This new cast is set for a phenomenal year, as the musical enters its 27th year in London’s West End.