On Monday 10 October, the West End production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical The Phantom of the Opera, at the Her Majesty’s Theatre, celebrates its 30th anniversary with a special charity gala performance in aid of The Music in Secondary Schools Trust. Tickets are on sale now.
To celebrate this milestone, the current cast including Ben Forster as The Phantom, Celinde Schoenmaker as Christine Daae and Nadim Naaman as Raoul will be joined onstage by members of the original company and special guests in a special finale.
Tickets are priced at £30 and £19.86. There will also be 30 pairs of exclusive tickets priced at £300 each which include top price seats and an invitation to the private after-show party.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera is produced by Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Theatre Company and opened at Her Majesty’s Theatre on 9 October 1986 starring Michael Crawford as The Phantom and Sarah Brightman as Christine.
In October 2010 the show celebrated its 25th anniversary with a staging at London’s Royal Albert Hall which was broadcast live to cinemas around the world by Universal Pictures and in October 2016 will have played 12,500 performances in London.
The Phantom of the Opera became the longest-running show in Broadway history on 9 January 2006, surpassing the previous record holder, Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats, and on 26 January 2013 celebrated 25 years on Broadway.
The musical has won more than 50 major theatre awards, including three Olivier Awards in the West End and seven Tonys on Broadway. It was the winner of the Olivier Audience Award, voted by the public, in the 2016 Laurence Olivier Awards.
The Phantom of the Opera became the first stage production to reach worldwide grosses of $6 billion. Worldwide, a staggering 140 million people have seen the show in 35 countries and 160 cities in 15 languages.
The Phantom of the Opera is currently showing in London, New York, Budapest, Prague, Oberhausen and on tour in the US. The show will open in Stockholm in September.