The Phantom of the Opera
About The Phantom of the Opera
Now celebrating 31 record-breaking years, this multi-award winning musical continues to captivate audiences at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London’s West End.
Far beneath the majesty and splendour of the Paris Opera House, hides the Phantom in a shadowy existence. Shamed by his physical appearance and feared by all, the love he holds for his beautiful protégée Christine Daaé is so strong that even her heart cannot resist.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s mesmerising score along with jaw-dropping scenery and breathtaking special effects, magically combine to bring this tragic love story to life each night.
For over 30 years, The Phantom of the Opera has wowed the West End with it’s tale of dark romance, jealousy and murder. The production features stunning sets, glittering gowns and the most beautiful chandelier you’ve ever seen in a theatre.
Set in the Opéra Populaire, Christine Daaé is a young singer who’s thrust into the spotlight of a troubled production. Her stunning voice is the result of her secretive teacher, the mysterious Phantom, who lives deep beneath the building. As Christine takes on the lead role of the opera, the Phantom begins to reveal himself, but his passion for her puts Christine, and her fiancée Raoul, in grave danger. From his subterranean lair, the Phantom plots to tear the two apart and destroy everything they love if Christine does not submit to him.
The Phantom of the Opera’s hauntingly beautiful music was created by theatre icon, Andrew Lloyd Webber, with lyrics by Charles Hart. Don’t miss this larger than life musical!
What To Watch For
- 6,000 beads, with 35 beads to an individual string, make up the iconic chandelier featured in The Phantom of the Opera. At a whopping three metres wide, and with a weight of one ton, it’s not exactly one for your living room.
- It takes 130 members of cast, creative and crew to put on each performance.
- There’s a team of 14 dressers to manage the 230 costumes in the show, with everything from ball gowns to ballet shoes being managed.
- Each performance requires 50 kg of dry ice and 10 fog and smoke machines in order to create the eerie effects in the Phantom’s lair.
2hrs 30min (inc. interval)
Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4QL
Since 1705 there have been four theatres on the site of Her Majesty’s. The current building was erected by the famous Actor-Manager Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree to house his spectacular productions of Shakespeare and literary adaptations and opened in 1897. The theatre hosted the original production of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion and Oscar Asche’s record breaking Chu Chin Chow. During the rest of the Twentieth Century it was home to many successful musicals including Noel Coward’s Bitter Sweet (1929), Brigadoon (1949), Paint Your Wagon (1953), West Side Story (1958), Bye Bye Birdie (1961), Lock Up Your Daughters (1962), Fiddler on The Roof (1967) and the current production of The Phantom Of The Opera which opened in 1986.