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Ben Lewis, Kelly Mathieson and Jeremy Taylor

Ben Lewis, Kelly Mathieson and Jeremy Taylor

Ben Lewis to star as The Phantom Of The Opera

Published 3 August 2017

Heading into its 32nd West End year, The Phantom Of The Opera has announced lead cast changes this Autumn, with Ben Lewis (The Phantom in Love Never Dies, original Australian cast) taking the iconic titular role from 4 September.

Also joining the internationally celebrated musical from that date are Kelly Mathieson in her West End debut (previous opera credits including Le Nozze De Figaro and Carmen) as ‘Christine Daaé’, Jeremy Taylor (Wicked & We Will Rock You, West End) as ‘Raoul’ and Amy Manford (West End debut) as the alternate ‘Christine Daaé’.

New cast members this September also include Matt Bateman, Jade Davies, Hannah Grace, Andrei Teodor Iliescu, Jordan Simon Pollard, Una Reynolds, Emily Smith, Rachel Spurrell and John Stacey.

They will play alongside current cast members Lara Martins as ‘Carlotta Giudicelli’, Siôn 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’ and Scott Davies as the standby ‘Phantom’.

With the production having celebrated its 30th Anniversary in a spectacular gala performance at Her Majesty’s Theatre, and having claimed four Olivier Awards on the West End, The Phantom Of The Opera is a renowned spectacle acclaimed across the world. Set deep beneath the magnificent Paris Opera House, where the Phantom resides in the shadows, feared by all and physically scarred, the musical sees his love burgeon for his stunning protégée Christine Daaé – becoming so strong that even her heart cannot resist.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s mesmerising score, along with astounding scenery and breathtaking special effects, spectacularly come together to bring the tragic love story to life each night. The show became the longest running show in Broadway history on 9 January 2006, when it celebrated its 7,486th performance, and has won over 70 major theatre awards across the world.

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