The Phantom of the Opera Cast and Show
The Phantom of the Opera has just entered its thirty-first year – this phenomenal run has seen no dip in audiences and the show has grossed over £3 billion globally.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s mesmerising show has won over 70 awards for musical theatre as it tells the tale, in the depths of a Parisian opera house, of the Phantom, a man feared for his physical looks, but who falls deeply in love with Christine Daaé.
Since its opening in 1986, the title roles has been played by the likes of Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman. The scenery and special effects are described as jaw dropping by audiences as the tragic love story unwinds.
Her Majestys Theatre stands on the site of 3 previous theatres, and is now home to the Phantom of the Opera. It has previously hosted West Side Story in 1958,Bye Bye Birdie in 1961and Fiddler on the Roof in 1967.
Ben Forster boasts an impressive history since rising to fame via a TV show created by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber himself in an effort to find a new West End star for Jesus Christ Superstar, which Ben won.
He has walked the boards in Evita, playing Magaldi and as Brad a Majors in the Rocky Horror show. He has also been nominated for his role as Buddy, an Elf in ‘Elf the Musical’ which was shown at the Dominion Theatre at Christmas.
His venture back to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom is sure to delight audience, as he prepares to take on this iconic persona.
Andrew Lloyd Webber
As the composer, book writer and co-orchestrator Lloyd Webber’s musical genius is undeniable, he was Knighted by the Queen in 1992. He at one time had four West End shows running concurrently, a title only matched by the famed Rodgers and Hammerstein in 1953.