The Phantom of the Opera is the jewel in the crown of London’s west End. Since opening in London in 1986 It has been seen in 147 cities in 27 countries and played to over 130 million people. Awards include the Laurence Olivier and Evening Standard Award for Best Musical and seven Tony Awards.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s romantic musical, The Phantom of the Opera, is based on Gaston Leroux’s gothic novel of life beneath the stage of the Paris Opera where a mysterious masked man falls in love with a Christine, a singer who inspires “the music of the night”.
“Remains the most exciting musical in London” – Daily Mail.
“Magic, memorable and so spectacular” – Sunday Express.
If you are looking for the ultimate Theatre Break theatre ticket then this is it. It is romantic, dramatic, the music is superb, the staging lavish and one day, when it closes, you don’t want to be the person who says “I never saw it – wish I had!”
From Monday 03 September, joining the show will be Marcus Lovett as ‘The Phantom’, Simon Thomas as ‘Raoul’, Lara Martins as ‘Carlotta’ and Anna O’Byrne as ‘Christine’ at certain performances.
The wonderful Sofia Escobar continues to star as ‘Christine’
Title: The Phantom Of The Opera
Genre: Musical – Show Songs: The Phantom of the Opera Playlist (check out all London musical show songs)
Theatre: Her Majesty’s Theatre, Haymarket, SW1Y 4QL, London
Show Opened: 09/10/1986
Performance Times: Evenings: Mon-Sat 7:30pm Matinees: Tues & Sat 2.30pm
Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus
There are some great nearby hotels but it is really easy to get to from anywhere in London as Her Majesty’s Theatre is just by Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square, so you don’t necessarily have to pay West End hotel prices if you don’t want to!
If you do want to be nearby though, then the 4* Radisson Edwardian Leicester Square and its sister hotel the 5* Radisson Edwardian Hampshire are both nearby. Thistle Hotels offers the Thistle Piccadilly and the Trafalgar Square Hotel. Another 5 star is the Le Meridien just the other side of Piccadilly Circus.
Further afield, or if you want to be based in another part of London and come into Theatreland for the evening, any hotel on the Piccadilly Line, Northern Line, Victoria Line and Bakerloo line would be within easy access: so there really is lots to choose from. Look at Bloomsbury and the area around the British Museum with a great choice of townhouse hotels (and it is handy for Euston, St Pancras and Kings Cross railway stations if you have started your theatre break by rail.
I've seen this show quite a few times and most recently with my 11 year old son who was mesmorised from beginning to end. We had brilliant seats in the middle of Row F in the Stalls. We didn't miss a single movement or special effect. Amazing.
It is such a good show that I imagine it will go on for another 25 years - the songs are timeless.
Another show like Les Miserables. It has romance, drama, lyrical music, a fantastic set and is certainly a show which will leave wonderful memories.
Despite the fact it has been on for over 20 years it has not lost any of its appeal.
The Phantom of the Opera is the most beautiful and moving story I have seen on the West End.
It sat in the audience glued to the seat wanting the show to go on forever. The Songs were just perfect and heart wrenching!
The stage and props were supportive of this, along with the costumes (Christine's dresses and cloaks were stunning).
The set changes between the theatre on stage and the Phantom's domain was so realistic, I felt I was on the lake with them, with all the beautiful candles. It reminded me of old Gothic Classics such as Wuthering Heights and Frankenstein.
At times it was hard to distinguish what they were singing, when the three leads sang at the same time and I would have loved a Phantom of the Opera Finale with the main song at the end, but overall, its the best musical I have seen and I would return again and again.
P.S. Please sell the roses cheaper, there's a recession!