Ben Lewis will step into the title role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre this September.
The star who previously played the Phantom in the original Australian production of the sequel Love Never Dies and was part of the original UK cast of Love Me Tender, is one of a number of cast changes announced for the production which is now in its 32nd year.
From Monday 4 September, the cast will feature Lewis alongside opera singer Kelly Mathieson (Carmen, Le Nozze de Figaro, pictured below) who will be making her West End debut in the role of Christine.
Jeremy Taylor will follow up leading roles in Wicked and We Will Rock You by taking over the role of Raoul with recent Royal College of Music graduate Amy Manford making her West End debut as the alternate Christine.
Also joining the cast in September are: Matt Bateman, Jade Davies, Hannah Grace, Andrei Teodor Iliescu, Jordan Simon Pollard, Una Reynolds, Emily Smith, Rachel Spurrell and John Stacey.
The newcomers will join current cast members: Lara Martins (Carlotta); Siôn Lloyd (Monsieur Firmin); Mark Oxtoby (Monsieur Andre); Jacinta Mulcahy (Madam Giry); Paul Ettore Tabone (Piangi); Georgia Ware (Meg) and Scott Davies (standby Phantom).
From the 4 September the full cast will be: Matt Bateman, James Roxby Brown, Bridget Costello, Scott Davies, Jade Davies, Hadrian Delacey, Morven Douglas, Hannah Grace, Lori Gilchrist, Philip Griffiths, Hettie Hobbs, Grace Horne, Lily Howes, Andrei Teodor Iliescu, Ellen Jackson, Richard Kent, Adam Robert Lewis, Ben Lewis, Siôn Lloyd, Amy Manford, Kelly Mathieson, Lara Martins, Luke McCall , Leo Miles, Tim Morgan, Fiona Morley, Jacinta Mulcahy, Mark Oxtoby, Danielle Pullum, Jordan Simon Pollard, Una Reynolds, Emily Smith, Rachel Spurrell, John Stacey, Tom Sterling, Paul Ettore Tabone, Jeremy Taylor, Claire Tilling, Victoria Ward and Georgia Ware.
The Phantom of the Opera became the longest-running show in Broadway history on 9 January 2006 when it celebrated its 7,486th performance, overtaking 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.
On 26 January 2013, the Broadway production celebrated an amazing 25 years on Broadway and on 28 November 2016 it celebrated its 12,000th performance. In October last year, the London production celebrated its 30th anniversary with a special gala performance at Her Majesty’s Theatre.
In October 2011, the London production celebrated its 25th Anniversary with a spectacular staging of The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall which was screened live in cinemas all over the world and subsequently released on DVD.
The winner of over 70 major theatre awards, including seven Tonys and three Olivier Awards, the show won the ‘Magic Radio Audience Award’, voted by the public, in the 2016 Laurence Olivier Awards.
The Phantom of the Opera, opened at Her Majesty’s Theatre on 9 October 1986 starring Michael Crawford as The Phantom and Sarah Brightman as Christine. The show is produced by Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Theatre Company Limited.
The first stage production to reach worldwide grosses of $6 billion, the show has been seen by 140 million people in 37 countries and 172 cities in 16 languages.
The Phantom of the Opera is currently showing in London, New York, and in Budapest, and on tour in the US.
Tickets for The Phantom of the Opera are available HERE.