The Phantom of the Opera
Venue: Her Majesty's Theatre, London 
Cast: Killian Donnelly, Lucy St Louis, Rhys Whitfield, Saori Oda, Adam Linstead, Matt Harrop, Greg Castiglioni, Francesca Ellis and Ellie Young

Experience the thrill of the West End’s most haunting love story, starring double Olivier Award nominee Killian Donnelly as The Phantom, Lucy St. Louis as Christine Daaé and Rhys Whitfield as Raoul.

The Phantom of the Opera is widely considered one of the most beautiful and spectacular productions in history. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s romantic, haunting and soaring score includes Music of the Night, All I Ask of You, Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again, Masquerade and the iconic title song. 

Phantom is still one of the most iconic shows in the West End, even 35 years into its run. I only visited Phantom for the first time last year to celebrate the 35th Anniversary, and simply couldn't resist another visit. This time I booked a box in the stalls, and I'd highly recommend to any Phantom fan out there. The experience is like no other, and you're so close that you almost feel part of the show.

In the early 1900's, Phantom of the Opera was written by French author, Gaston Leroux. If you're unfamiliar with the story, it follows Christine Daaé who finds herself with a mysterious singing tutor. Her new teacher, just so happens to be the Phantom; a masked figure who lives beneath the Opera House. His obsession with Christine starts to spiral and Christine begins to fear for her safety. Surely having the voice of an angel isn't worth putting her life in danger for?

This musical has some of the most recognisable music in the world of theatre, and to see the songs performed on stage is nothing short of spectacular. It's without a doubt the reason this show has had the longevity it has, is down to the music. From soaring, romantic music, to haunting organ music; the soundtrack is stunning. It goes without saying that The Phantom of the Opera and Music of the Night are the standout performances within the show. That's simply the greatest fifteen minutes of theatre I've ever witnessed. The lighting, the staging, the props, the voices. Nothing can be faulted. 

Lucy St Louis plays Christine Daaé and her performance is entirely enchanting. Although the Phantom is supposed to be the ghost within the show, Lucy's performance is ethereal. Her voice is delicate, yet powerful. Her elegance and vulnerability shine throughout. And it's great to see Christine's character arc, and strength grow throughout the show.

Killian Donnelly as the Phantom is exceptional. His dominant and chilling exterior, along with his unexpected vulnerability is portrayed perfectly. Killian's voice is hypnotizing, and you understand why Christine is so drawn to Phantom in the first place. He is scarily good

Rhys Whitfield plays Christine's love interest, Raoul. His rendition of All I Ask of You alongside Lucy is rich and mesmerising. He's incredibly handsome, hopelessly romantic and his love for Christine is the one thing that remains constant throughout

The stage isn't particularly large, but they certainly make the best use of the space available. The Masquerade scene is elaborate and whimsical, just utterly spellbinding. And when you see Phantom in the gondolier for the first time, with Christine by his side; it's a truly magical moment of theatre.

A special mention must go to the costume designers. The beading and jewels on the many outfits are just incredible. And another mention must go to the orchestra who, for me, are the true stars of the show. The music is what carries this show, and there's something so special about hearing this music being played live.

If you're a theatre fan and are yet to see Phantom, I implore that you book tickets as soon as possible. It's a theatre experience you'll never forget. The entire cast are exceptionally talented, and you'll understand why the production continues its run after so many years. 

You can buy tickets to The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty's Theatre, here.

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