Last night saw a gala performance of The Phantom of the Opera in London's West End to celebrate its 30th Anniversary...
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.
On 9th October 1986, a new musical production opened on the West End stage at Her Majesty's Theatre. It was adapted from a book, written in France in 1911 by an author and journalist called Gaston Leroux, who lived just long enough to see it become the 1925 film that made Lon Chaney Sr a star. From there, the story became the inspiration for half a dozen different film versions and a couple of (not very successful) stage plays before being picked up by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cameron Mackintosh, Richard Stilgoe, Charles Hart et al and turned into one of the most successful musicals of all time. The premiere was brought beautifully to the stage by director Harold Prince with choreography from Gillian Lynn, and starred Sarah Brightman as Christine and Michael Crawford as The Phantom.
On Monday 10th October 2016, the West End production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical celebrated its 30th Anniversary with a very special charity gala performance in aid of The Music in Secondary Schools Trust. For this special milestone, the current stellar cast including Ben Forster as The Phantom, Celinde Schoenmaker as Christine and Nadim Naaman as Raoul were joined onstage by Lord Lloyd Webber, producer Sir Cameron Mackintosh, members of the original cast and creative team and a few special guests in a very special finale.
For those of us not lucky enough to get one of the hottest tickets in the West End, here's the live-stream of The Phantom Of The Opera 30th Anniversary Special Finale, live from Her Majesty’s Theatre, that the Phantom Facebook page ran last night. Believe me it's worth watching just for *spoiler* snogging *spoiler*.
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