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A London first for Phantom!  
Robyn North and Leila Benn Harris to equally share the starring role of 'Christine'.
Robyn North and Leila Benn Harris

The smash hit Andrew Lloyd Webber musical The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London will celebrate its 21st London birthday on 9th October this year.

The Phantom of the Opera became the longest-running show in Broadway history on 9th January 2006 when it celebrated its 7,486th performance, surpassing the previous record holder Cats.  This coincided with the Broadway and the US National Touring Company celebrating an unprecedented 20,000 performances in the United States.

For the first time in the history of the show in London, the starring role of ‘Christine’ is being equally shared by two actresses, from Monday 14th May 2007. Robyn North and Leila Benn Harris are now each playing four performances a week. Both have recently been in the new production of Evita at the Adelphi Theatre.  Robyn has already been the alternate ‘Christine’ in the London production of The Phantom of the Opera and has also starred in the national tour of Thoroughly Modern Millie.  Leila starred as ‘Carmen’ in Fame the Musical, both on tour and in the West End.

The Phantom of the Opera continues to star Earl Carpenter as ‘The Phantom’ and Michael Xavier as ‘Raoul’.  Wendy Ferguson plays ‘Carlotta’, Rohan Tickell ‘Piangi’, James Barron ‘Monsieur Firmin’, Sam Hiller  ‘Monsieur André’, Heather Jackson ‘Madame Giry’ and Lyndsey Wise ‘Meg Giry’.

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 124 cities in 25 countries and played to over 100 million people.  The Phantom of the Opera is currently showing in London, New York, Budapest, Las Vegas, Singapore and Osaka. A touring production is playing at venues throughout the US and it opens in Melbourne in July.

The Phantom of the Opera is currently booking in London until December 2007.

Performance times for the London production are Mondays to Saturdays at 7.30pm, with Tuesday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm.  Tickets are priced from £20-£50, with Saturday evening performance priced from £20-£52.50, and are available from Her Majesty’s Theatre box office on 0870 890 1106.

Posted on: 18th May 2007

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