There will be a number of key cast changes in The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre in the West End from Monday 1 September 2014. Liam Tamne will star as Raoul, and making their West End debuts are John Ellis as Piangi and Alicia Beck as Meg. The Phantom of the Opera will continue to star Gerónimo Rauch as The Phantom and Harriet Jones as Christine. Also from 1 September, Emmi Christensson will alternate the role of Christine.
Continuing their roles are: Andy Hockley as Monsieur Firmin, Martin Ball as Monsieur Andre, Lara Martins as Carlotta and Jacinta Mulcahy as Madame Giry.
Liam Tamne is probably best known from the second series of BBC1’s The Voice. His previous theatre credits include Enjolras in Les Miserables (Queen’s Theatre), Hair (Gielgud Theatre), Hairspray (Shaftesbury Theatre) and Wicked (Apollo Victoria Theatre).
John Ellis comes to the production having most recently performed the role of Piangi in the German production Das Phantom Der Oper. This role marks his West End debut. Previous theatre credits include Old Deuteronomy in Cats (world tour), Simon and Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar (UK tour) and in his native Australia The Wizard of Oz, Summer Rain, Assassins and Passion.
Alicia Beck is making her West End debut as Meg. After training with the Birmingham Royal Ballet, Beck danced with Ballet Dortmund, Ballet Nice Mediterenee and The Zurich Ballet. Most recently she has played the role of White Cat in the UK and European tour of Cats.
Emmi Christensson is making her West End debut as Christine. Most recently she performed the role of Cosette in Les Miserables in Norway, a role she also performed at Malmo Opera, Sweden. Previous theatre credits include Maria in West Side Story (Nojesteatern) and The Sound of Music (Gota Lejon and tour of Sweden).
From 1 September 2014 the full cast will be: Zoe Arshamian, Martin Ball, Emma Barr, Alicia Beck, Kieran Brown, Emmi Christensson, Joseph Claus, Scott Davies, Hadrian Delacey, Meshell Dillon, John Ellis, Fiona Finsbury, David Francis, Lyndsey Gardiner, Ryan Goscinski, Philip Griffiths, Layla Harrison, Andy Hockley, Elizabeth Holmes, Daisy Hulbert, Ellen Jackson, Harriet Jones, Tim Laurenti, Lara Martins, Leo Miles, Tim Morgan, Fiona Morley, Jacinta Mulcahy, Richard Munday, Ryan O’Gorman, Joanna O’Hare, Simon Rackley, Gerónimo Rauch, Shena Sanders, Oliver Savile, Danielle Stephens, Liam Tamne, Claire Tilling, Georgina Ware and Lisa-Anne Wood.
The Phantom of the Opera became the longest running show in Broadway history on 9 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. On 26 January 2013 the Broadway production celebrated an amazing 25 years on Broadway. In October 2011 the London production celebrated its 25th anniversary with a staging of the musical at the Royal Albert Hall which was screened live in cinemas all over the world and subsequently released on DVD and in March 2013 the show celebrated 11,000 performances in the West End.
The Phantom of the Opera has won 70 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 show opened at Her Majesty’s Theatre on 9 October 1986 and starred Michael Crawford as The Phantom and Sarah Brightman as Christine. It is produced by Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Theatre Company Limited.
The musical is currently showing in London, New York, Hamburg, Budapest, Sapporo and on tour in the US. The Phantom of the Opera will open in Taiwan in September.