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I'm not sure any show 'deserves' to be the most successful entertainment event of all time, but I'll hand this to the current holder of that title, "The Phantom of the Opera" - it still works hard for its audience.

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Why See Phantom of the Opera?

In sleep he sang to me, in dreams he came...

Nominated for Best West End Show at the What's On Stage Awards, 2017

In 1986, Andrew Lloyd Webber's masterpiece, a wild and major romantic fantasy based on the 1910 novel by Gaston Leroux, opened in the West End. Audiences immediately took to the epic rock opera, and The tortured Phantom, played by Michael Crawford, captivated theatre-goers for the first time in this timeless tale of an ostracised misfit falling for a chorus girl.

31 years later, Phantom is still running at Her Majesty's Theatre. An era-defining classic, with a beloved campy electric hair-metal synth vibe, it has evolved into one of the West End's most successful shows. Due to a continually high production values supporting breath-taking theatrical effects, it has stayed the distance, enthralling an estimated 130 million visitors. Nearly twice the size of the British population!

As well as garnering 11 Olivier Awards throughout the years, Phantom has also received international accolades including seven Tony Awards on Broadway, and five Mo Awards in Australia. Whether you're a returning visitor already aware of the thrilling events to come, or a Phantom innocent like Christine, there is always something for everyone in the opera-meets-fairy tale-spectacular!

The Paris Opera 1881.

Hidden in tunnels deep below the Paris Opera, there lies a mysterious deformed musical genius who stalks the halls and terrorises the company. Grotesquely deformed, his face half covered by his famous mask, his only happiness comes from his tutoring of the beautiful, orphaned chorus girl Christine Daae, with whom he has an enduring obsession. Unseen, he teaches the young soprano to sing 'The Music of the Night.' Under the tutelage of this invisible 'Angel of Music', Christine blossoms, and steps out of the chorus and onto centre stage.

When Christine becomes engaged to another man, the Phantom is driven mad with jealousy and will stop at nothing to possess her. Even murder. And so begins a tantalizing tale of forbidden love and supernatural adventure that will keep you in its clutches long after the last bar.

Did you know?

Could the Phantom more than just a myth? Gaston Leroux's book is based on popular theories about the eerie Palais Garnier (The Paris Opera), some of which include a fatal, but unexplained accident with a lavish chandelier in 1896, and the story of a grand and well stocked lake said to be deep in its foundations.

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Performance date: 9 October 1986


The Phantom of the Opera is recommended for children aged 10 and older. Children under 4 years of age will not be admitted to Her Majesty's Theatre.

Run time

2 hours 30 minutes with one 15-minute intermission.

Cast and Creative


Ben Lewis as The Phantom
Kelly Matheison as Christine Daae
Amy Manford as Christine Daae alternate
Jeremy Taylor as Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny
Lara Martins as Carlotta Giudicelli
Sion Lloyd as Monsieur Firmin
Mark Oxtoby as Monsieur Andre
Jacinta Mulcahy as Madame Giry
Paul Ettore Tabone as Ubaldo Piangi
Georgia Ware as Meg Giry
Scott Davies as Stand-by Phantom
Jordan Simon Pollard as Policeman in the Pit
Bridget Costello as Princess (Hannibal)
Rachel Spurrell as The Page
Hadrian Delacey as Joseph Buquet
Hannah Grace as Confidante (Il Muto)
Philip Griffiths as Monsieur Reyer/Auctioneer
Victoria Ward as Madame Firmin
Ellen Jackson as Wardrobe Mistress
Tim Morgan as Monsieur Lefevre/Don Attilio
Tom Sterling as Passarino/Hairdresser
Richard Kent as Firechief
Leo Miles as Soldier
Matt Bateman as Jeweller (Il Muto)
James Roxby Brown as Slave Master (Hannibal)
Una Reynolds as Wild Woman (Hannibal)
Maria Coyne as Princess (Hannibal)
Andrei Teodor Iliescu as Porter/Lion Man

The Ballet Chorus of the Opera Populaire
Morven Douglas, Lori Gilchrist, Grace Horne, Lily Howes, Fiona Morley, Emily Smith, Danielle Stephens, and Claire Tilling. 

Jade Davies, Hettie Hobbs, Adam Robert Lewis, Luke McCall, and John Stacey 


Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics by Charles Hart & Richard Stilgoe
Book by Richard Stilgoe & Andrew Lloyd Webber
Directed by Hal Prince
Musical Staging & Choreography by Gillian Lynne
Production Design by Maria Bjornson
Lighting Design by Andrew Bridge
Sound by Martin Levan
Orchestrations by David Cullen

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What we thought

magical Beautiful CAPTIVATING

Phantom today leaves a Titanic sized wake behind it in which the rest wallow for nearly 30 years.

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.

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38 reviews, average rating: (4.7 Stars)

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Kristi: “Kristi”

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

Tracey Turner: “John Addison”

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

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