2014 Olivier Award Nominee
The Phantom Of The Opera is the granddaddy of gothic romances. Passionate, opulent and thrilling, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s masterpiece has been a fixture of the West End for three decades and is the world’s most successful musical ever.
Based on Gaston Leroux’ celebrated 19th century novel, the show begins beneath the Paris Opera House, where a mysterious masked figure lives in shadow. Though none have seen him, men fear him as avenging ghost, and tremble at the mention of the Phantom.
When a beautiful young soprano comes to the Paris Opera, the Phantom falls obsessively in love and at last emerges from the darkness. But when he discovers he has a rival for her affections, he swears a terrible revenge.
With its sweeping romantic score, lush period costumes and lavish candlelit sets, Phantom will whisk you away on a journey you’ll never forget. If you’re planning a romantic getaway, this is the show to see on your London theatre break.
While Phantom is without a doubt the most swoonsome musical in town and a no-brainer for a date night, it’s not compulsory to experience it as one half of a kissing couple.
Its original book and screen incarnations scared the pants off the readers and moviegoers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and the stage version never forgets it’s a horror story as well as a romantic melodrama. With that in mind, be advised that bringing young children along may not be a good idea.
Everyone else, however, will be riveted by the not-quite-human figure of the Phantom as he prowls his subterranean haunts, sit rapt during the magisterial masked ball scene and ‘chandelier’ set-piece, and grip the edge of their seats when the show’s twisted anti-hero faces being unmasked.
If you’re an opera buff, you’ll get a kick out of Lloyd-Webber's sly musical nods to famous composers from Mozart to Gilbert and Sullivan.