For all lovers of the original Phantom of the Opera, there was a chance to see what happened next. But Love Never Dies has closed and I guess your next chance to see it will be when the rights are released to the amatuer world and your local OpSoc will have a go, as I have not heard of a Love Never Dies UK tour and not many of us will make it down to Melbourne
Still – this is what you missed.
From the Gothic surrounds of the Paris Opera House to the dazzling heights of New York’s Coney Island – the Phantom returns. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s spectacular new musical reunites the masked Phantom with his only true love and musical protégée, the stunning beauty Christine Daaé. Love Never Dies is a roller coaster ride of intrigue, obsession and romance – where little is as it first appears.
With Madame Giry’s help the Phantom escaped the Paris mobs to build a glittering new empire in the new world. For ten long years the Phantom has hidden himself amongst the freaks and sideshows nursing his broken heart and yearning for his true love to return. And now&ldots;
Blinded by money and the bright lights of Coney – Christine, with Raoul and their son Gustave, is lured to America to perform one final time. But Christine soon discovers the true identity of the mysterious impresario who has tempted her across the Atlantic. As old wounds are reopened and forgotten memories unlocked – The Phantom sets out to prove that, indeed, Love Never Dies.
Title: Love Never Dies
Theatre: Adelphi Theatre, Strand, London
Nearest Tube: Covent Garden / Charing Cross
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I went thinking that I'd be leaving at the interval and was not really in the right frame of mind for the sequel that wasn't a sequel!
The only plus side for me was that I was going to be seeing Ramin Karimloo reprise his role as the Phantom as I had seen him last year at Her Majesty's.
Well, knock me down with a feather... I was absolutely blown away by the special effects, the moving story and of course the outstanding performances from Karimloo & Bogges.
Wow! Ramin Karimloo can sing - what a voice!
I was certainly not going anywhere but back to my seat after the interval.
Highlight of the night apart from everything that was happening on stage was seeing Lord Lloyd Webber coming into the stalls at the end of the show to gage the reaction of the audience - who for the most part were up on their feet giving a standing ovation. I wanted to applaud him too!
A fab night for all of us who went with Theatrebreaks and if I have to give one little critic it would be... the slight vaudeville feel with the "company" songs. Wish it could have been set in Europe where our music is more sophisticated. I loved the operatic style and felt these numbers sometimes detracted from the main story.
Also, I think it would have benefitted from incidental touches from original Phantom just to remind us all why we're here.