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57 Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4QL

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PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

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Nominated for Audience Award for Most Popular Show at this year's Olivier Awards!

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What are you waiting for?!

Her Majesty's Theatre London, is where it all began.  October 1986 and the curtain went up on the biggest gamble of Lloyd Webber's life. 

Graduating from Joseph and Jesus to a grand opera style of musical was a massive leap.  Written for his then wife, Sarah Brightman, but without writing  partner Tim Rice, he changed lyricists half-way through using first Richard Stilgoe and then Charles Hart.  The nation was held in suspense when it came to choosing the leade role.  The choice of a TV slap stick comic as the Phantom (in reality a pretty safe bet if you'd seen Michael Crawford in Hello Dolly) suprirsed everyone. 

Hydraulics, dry ice, magical stage effects, you name it, Hal Prince put it into the production.  Lloyd Webber had everything to lose and the critics sharpened their knives.

But what transpired was the dawn of the blockbuster musical franchise.  Followed by only a small few, Phantom today leaves a Titanic sized wake behind it in which the rest wallow for nearly 30 years.

How long will it last?  Is it old fashioned and out of date?  Has time worn away its shine?  Find out for yourself is my response.  If you've seen it before, take someone along who hasn't, and see how they react to what is still a masterpiece.

Audience
Phantom is suitable for audiences aged 12 and upwards, not because of anything that may disturb younger audiences, but this is a two and a half hour piece of grand musical, and will easily lose the attention of younger children.

Theatre
Her Majesty's Theatre is a beautiful theatre (owned by the Lord as well by the way) and is beautifully ornate and a perfect setting for this musical.  Sitting in the middle section of the stalls will be exciting, but the front of the dress cricle affords you a better view of all the action which takes place around the theatre.  If you're driving you may be surprised to know that a good portion of the left hand side of The Haymarket is single yellow line parking (as at Oct 2008) so if you arrive around 6:30pm you can often park right outside.

 

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WHAT WE SAY

What are you waiting for?!

Her Majesty's Theatre London, is where it all began. October 1986 and the curtain went up on the biggest gamble of Lloyd Webber's life. more »

What You Say

38 reviews, average rating: (4.6 Stars)

Kristi: “Kristi”

We saw Phantom Oct 31 and thought it was fantastic, even after all these ye... more

Tracey Turner: “John Addison”

My first ever visit to a Theatre was brilliant! Although not mentioned in t... more

Bianca: “Fantastic!!”

I went to see the Phantom of the Opera in March 08, and I though it was bri... more

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