Ben Lewis (The Phantom) and Kelly Mathieson (Christine Daae) in The Phantom Of The Opera London (Photo: Johan Persson)

All you need to know about The Phantom Of The Opera In London

By Carly-Ann Clements, Published December 28, 2017

Enjoyed by over 140 million people worldwide and winner of 70 major international theatre awards, The Phantom Of The Opera is a mesmerising show that’s been enchanting audiences for 32 years. But are the charms still masked from you?

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Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical is based on Gaston Leroux’s gothic novel of the same name. After seeing Ken Hill’s 1976 operatic adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera, Andrew Lloyd Webber and theatre producer Cameron Mackintosh were so impressed they wanted to bring the show to London. However, despite efforts, Hill’s production didn’t make it to London.

Instead, Andrew Lloyd Webber found a copy of the novel found there was a lot more to the story. Pairing up with Charles Hart and Richard Stilgoe, Lloyd Webber wrote the legendary musical which opened in London’s West End in 1986, opening on Broadway two years later in 1988.

Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman originated the leading roles of The Phantom and Christine in both the West End and Broadway productions. Crawford won multiple awards for his performances. And The Phantom of the Opera itself won three Oliviers and seven Tonys – including Best New Musical and Best Musical respectively.

The show was so popular and so successful, a sequel was created called Love Never Dies. However, it could not outshine the original and closed after just 17 months. The tragic love story has played in 35 countries and 160 cities. The Phantom of the Opera has been performed in 15 languages and was the first musical to gross over $6 billion.

What is The Phantom Of The Opera about?

The Phantom Of The Opera takes place in the decadent Paris Opera House where the Phantom – a man ashamed of his physical appearance – hides from the real world in the darkness of the theatre. Haunting the opera house and feared by all, he manipulates the actors and crew.

When a young chorus girl, Christine Daaé, rises to leading lady, the Phantom falls in love with her and helps her become a star. The shadowy figure enchants his beautiful protégée with his voice and eventually grows to love her so much, he kidnaps her and asks her to spend her life with him in his subterranean kingdom. But Christine’s old friend and lover Raoul rescues her, leaving the Phantom devastated, vowing revenge.

The Phantom Of The Opera in London

The Phantom Of The Opera in London

Where is The Phantom Of The Opera playing?

The London production is playing at Her Majesty’s Theatre. It opened in 1986 and has remained there ever since.

What age is The Phantom Of The Opera appropriate for?

The Phantom of the Opera is suitable for children aged eight and over.

How long is The Phantom Of The Opera?

The show is 2 hours and 30 minutes including one interval. There are performances at 7.30pm Monday to Saturday with matinees at 2.30pm on Thursdays and Saturdays.

Who is in the current cast?

There are 130 cast, crew and orchestra members directly involved in every performance of The Phantom Of The Opera. The current cast include Ben Lewis, Kelly Mathieson, and Jeremy Taylor.
Many famous people have appeared in The Phantom Of The Opera including: Michael Ball, John Barrowman, Killian Donnelly, and Gina Beck.

  • Ben Lewis plays The Phantom. Ben played The Phantom in the original Australian production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies. Michael Crawford originated the role of The Phantom in the original London and Broadway productions earning him an Olivier and Tony Award.
  • Kelly Mathieson plays Christine Daaé. Kelly is making her West End debut in The Phantom Of The Opera. Sarah Brightman was the first actor to play Christine, both on the West End and Broadway.
  • Jeremy Taylor plays Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny. Having starred in Wicked and The Sound of Music, Jeremy is no stranger to the West End. The role of Raoul has been played by some of the biggest actors in theatre including Ramin Karimloo, Simon Burke, and Michael Ball.
  • Lara Martins plays Carlotta Giudicelli. Originally an opera singer, Lara has travelled the world performing. Carlotta was played by Minnie Driver in the 2004 film adaptation.

How do I get to Her Majesty’s Theatre in London?

Her Majesty’s Theatre is located just 150m from Piccadilly Circus tube station. You can also get to Her Majesty’s Theatre via overground train from London Charing Cross station which is 650m away.

Kelly Mathieson and Jeremy Taylor in The Phantom Of The Opera

Kelly Mathieson and Jeremy Taylor in The Phantom Of The Opera

Where did Phantom originally open?

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s version of The Phantom Of The Opera opened at Her Majesty’s Theatre in September 1986. 32 years later, it’s still calling Her Majesty’s Theatre home making it West End’s second longest-running show after Les Miserables. The Phantom of the Opera opened on Broadway in 1986 and is still playing today. It’s the longest-running musical in Broadway history.

Will The Phantom Of The Opera be touring?

The Phantom Of The Opera isn’t currently touring the UK. The only place you can see it is at Her Majesty’s Theatre in the West End.

Will I like The Phantom Of The Opera?

Even after 32 years, The Phantom Of The Opera is leaving audiences breathless. It was the winner of the 2016 Olivier Audience Award which is voted for by the public. Now, that’s a vote of confidence…

Dubbed “London’s greatest love story”, the awe-inspiring musical isn’t just a harrowing tale set to an incredible score. It’s a visual masterpiece. Each performance has 230 costumes and the replica chandelier is made up of 6,000 beads. The sheer spectacle of Phantom is enough to enjoy it, let alone the story of passion, desire, seduction of betrayal.

Where can I buy tickets?

Right here with us! Just visit Official London Theatre’s The Phantom Of The Opera ticket page to find the best available tickets for great prices.