As the musical heads into its 32nd year, the producers are delighted to announce key cast changes for “THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA”. Joining the cast from 4 September are Ben Lewis who will play the title role of ‘The Phantom’, Kelly Mathieson as ‘Christine Daaé’ and Jeremey Taylor as ‘Raoul’. Joining them is Amy Manford as the alternate ‘Christine Daaé’,
Ben Lewis played ‘The Phantom’ in the original Australian production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s, “Love Never Dies”. Ben’s most recent theatre credits include the role of Frank Butler in the Crucible’s production of “Annie Get Your Gun”. He was also in the original UK cast of “Love Me Tender” and starred in “Forbidden Broadway” and “Candide” at the Menier Chocolate Factory.
Kelly Mathieson will be making her West End debut in the production. Previously Kelly trained at the Scottish Ballet Company and the Royal College of Music. Previous Opera credits include “Le Nozze de Figaro”, “Agrippina”, “Orpheus and the Underworld”, “Die Zauberflöte” and “Carmen”.
Jeremy Taylor’s previous theatre credits include, ‘Fiyero’ in “Wicked” and ‘Galileo’ in“We Will Rock You”, both in the West End. He also starred in the UK tours of “Evita” and “The Sound of Music”, as well as appearing in the Palladium production.
Amy Manford has sung internationally as a soloist with the London Handel, London Cello and the Perth Symphony Orchestra’s. Amy recently graduated with a Masters of Performance in Vocal Performance from The Royal College of Music and she will be making her West End debut.
They are joined by Matt Bateman, Jade Davies, Hannah Grace, Andrei Teodor Iliescu, Jordan Simon Pollard, Una Reynolds, Emily Smith, Rachel Spurrell and John Stacey.
The above join Lara Martins as ‘Carlotta Giudicelli’, Siôn Lloyd as ‘Monsieur Firmin’,Mark Oxtoby as ‘Monsieur Andre’, Jacinta Mulcahy as ‘Madame Giry’, Paul Ettore Tabone as ‘Ubaldo Piangi’, Georgia Ware as ‘Meg Giry’ and Scott Davies as the standby ‘Phantom’.
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 and on 28 November 2016 it celebrated its 12,000thperformance. In October 2016 the London production celebrated its 30thAnniversary with a special gala performance at Her Majesty’s Theatre. In October 2011 the London production celebrated its 25th Anniversary with a spectacular staging of “The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall which was screened live in cinemas all over the world and subsequently released on DVD and in August 2015 the show celebrated 12,000 performances in the West End. The production has now been playing for over 30 years.
Performance times for “THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA” are Mondays to Saturdays at 7.30pm, with Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets are priced from £23.00 – £72.50 and are available from Her Majesty’s Theatre box office on 0844 412 2707 or visit “THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA” website www.thephantomoftheopera.com.