Cast changes have been announced for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera ahead of the show’s 30th birthday at Her Majesty’s Theatre in October.
From Monday 5 September current stars Ben Forster, Celinde Schoenmaker and Nadim Naaman will be joined by Siôn Lloyd (Monsieur Firmin), Mark Oxtoby (Monsieur Andre), Paul Ettore Tabone (Piangi), and Daisy Hulbert (Meg).
Megan Llewellyn (Carlotta) and Jacinta Mulcahy (Madam Giry) will also continue in their roles, while Harriet Jones returns as alternate Christine.
Best known for winning Lloyd Webber’s TV talent search for his leading man in the stadium tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, Forster is currently winning acclaim for his performance as the Phantom.
Forster’s Christine, Schoenmaker most recently played the role of Fantine in Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre, while Naaman (Raoul) was recently seen in the Canadian production of Titanic at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto.
Lloyd, whose theatre credits include The Bodyguard tour, is currently appearing in Titanic at the Charing Cross Theatre. Oxtoby recently appeared in Charlie and The Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, while Tabone’s previous theatre credits include Love Never Dies at the Adelphi Theatre.
Hulbert made her West End debut in the corps de ballet in The Phantom of the Opera; Llewellyn most recently performed in the Welsh National Opera production of The Barber of Seville, and Mulcahy played the Baroness in the tour of Lloyd Webber and David Ian’s production of The Sound of Music.
Opera star Jones returns to The Phantom of the Opera three years after she made her West End debut as Christine.
From 5 September 2016 the full cast will be: Matt Blaker, Bridget Costello, Maria Coyne, Scott Davies, Hadrian Delacey, Morven Douglas, Ben Forster, Lyndsey Gardiner, Lori Gilchrist, Ryan Goscinski, Philip Griffiths, Hettie Hobbs, Grace Horne, Lily Howes, Daisy Hulbert, Ellen Jackson, Harriet Jones, Richard Kent, Tim Laurenti, Adam Robert Lewis, Megan Llewellyn, Siôn Lloyd, Luke McCall, Leo Miles, Fiona Morley, Tim Morgan, Paul Morrissey, Jacinta Mulcahy, Nadim Naaman, Mark Oxtoby, James Roxby-Brown, Celinde Schoenmaker, Tom Sterling, Joanna Strand, Paul Ettore Tabone, Claire Tilling, Charlotte Vaughan, 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 25 years on Broadway. In October 2011 the London production celebrated its 25th anniversary with a staging of The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall which was screened live in cinemas all over the world. It was subsequently released on DVD and in August 2015 the show celebrated 12,000 performances in the West End.
The winner of more than 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 first stage production to reach worldwide grosses of $6 billion, the show has been seen by 140 million people 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. New productions are due to open in Stockholm in September and in Paris in October.
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