The smash hit Andrew Lloyd Webber musical The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London, which is now in its 20th record-breaking year, will celebrate its 8,000th West End performance at the beginning of January.
The Phantom of the Opera in London currently stars Earl Carpenter as the Phantom, Rachel Barrell as Christine and David Shannon as Raoul, with Rohan Tickell playing Piangi, Wendy Ferguson as Carlotta, James Barron as Monsieur Firmin, Sam Hiller as Monsieur André, Annette Yeo as Madame Giry and Heidi O’Brien as Meg Giry. Celia Graham plays Christine at certain performances.
The Phantom of the Opera has won over 50 major theatre awards, including seven Tonys on Broadway and three Olivier Awards in the West End. It won the ‘Most Popular Musical Audience Award’, voted by the public, in the 2002 Laurence Olivier Awards. The Phantom of the Opera, which opened at Her Majesty’s Theatre on 9th October 1986, starring Michael Crawford as the Phantom, Sarah Brightman as Christine and Steve Barton as Raoul, is directed by Harold Prince and is produced by Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group Limited.
Worldwide, The Phantom of the Opera has grossed over £1.7 billion. The box office revenues are higher than any film or stage play in history, including Titanic, ET and Star Wars. It has been seen in 120 cities in 24 countries and played to over 80 million people.
The Phantom of the Opera is currently playing in London, New York, Budapest, Tokyo, Brazil, Essen and a touring production is playing at venues throughout the US with a production opening at the National Theatre in Taipei on 21st January 2006.
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