The Phantom of the Opera Celebrates 15,000 Performances in the West End

Fifteen thousand more – that’s all we ask of you! This past Saturday, June 8, 2024, The Phantom of the Opera celebrated its 15,000th performance in London’s West End, marking a monumental achievement in theatrical history.

The show joins an elite group, becoming only the third production to reach this milestone, following in the illustrious footsteps of The Mousetrap and Les Misérables.

The Phantom of the Opera, based on Gaston Leroux’s novel Le Fantôme de l’Opera, features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Charles Hart (with additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe), and a book by Stilgoe and Lloyd Webber. The production premiered at Her Majesty’s Theatre (now His Majesty’s Theatre) on October 9, 1986, and is now booking until March 29, 2025.

The current West End cast stars Jon Robyns as The Phantom, Lily Kerhoas as Christine Daaé, and Joe Griffiths-Brown as Raoul. They are joined by Kelly Glyptis as Carlotta Giudicell, Matt Harrop as Monsieur Firmin, Adam Linstead as Monsieur André, David Kristopher-Brown as Ubaldo Piangi, Francesca Ellis as Madame Giry, and Maiya Hikasa as Meg Giry. At certain performances, Christine Daaé is portrayed by Chumisa Dornford-May.

The ensemble is rounded out by Hollie Aires, Federica Basile, Corina Clark, Michael Colbourne, Leonard Cook, Colleen Rose Curran, Lily De-La-Haye, Hywel Dowsell, Connor Ewing, Serina Faull, Florence Fowler, James Gant, Eilish Harmon-Beglan, Yukina Hasebe, Samuel Haughton, Thomas Holdsworth, Jacob Hughes, Grace Hume, Janet Mooney, Tim Morgan, Eve Shanu-Wilson, Tim Southgate, Zoë Soleil Vallée, Jasmine Wallis, Victoria Ward, Ralph Watts, Simon Whitaker, and Andrew York.

The Phantom of the Opera has captivated over 160 million people across 46 territories, 195 cities, and 21 languages. Its iconic score includes such timeless pieces as ‘Music of the Night,’ ‘All I Ask of You,’ ‘Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again,’ and the titular ‘The Phantom of the Opera.’

Produced by Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group Ltd., the production boasts orchestrations by David Cullen and Lloyd Webber, musical supervision by Simon Lee, and production design by Maria Björnson. The set design is adapted by Matt Kinley, with associate costume design by Jill Parker, lighting by Andrew Bridge with associate lighting design by Warren Letton, and sound design by Mick Potter. The musical staging and choreography by Gillian Lynne is recreated and adapted by Chrissie Cartwright. Originally directed by Harold Prince, this celebrated production is now helmed by Seth Sklar-Heyn.

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