Monday, 16 August 2010

The Phantom of the Opera, Her Majesty's Theatre, 24/07/2010

Here's Phil to take the reins:

Another theatre-luvvy day today, this time it’s The Phantom of the Opera. We decided to see the show again, partly because it’s visually quite stunning and also in readiness for seeing the sequel (Love Never Dies) in a couple of month’s time. It was also a good opportunity for Lee, now having seen the show once and knowing the story, to get the chance to appreciate the visual side to the show and the effects instead of having to intently follow the captions. (Which I add were done superbly by Stagetext).

Phantom is one of those shows I would probably never get bored of. It is very easy to get swept away by the power and emotion of the music along with the stunning sets, costumes and effects. I always look forward to the opening of the show and the great swell of the music as the chandelier comes alive. It’s a real “goose bump” moment for me.

It relies heavily on, what look like, quite simple special effects but, in actual fact, they cost a fortune to produce and the majority were specially designed for the show – the travelator, the trap door (which plummets the Phantom at about 60 miles an hour), a collapsible staircase, folding candles, remote controlled boats, the “magic” chair etc. It is also quite interesting to know that there is very little storage space backstage so the majority of the set pieces, including the full size Elephant, are hung above the stage when not in use.

Every time I see the show I am amazed by its complexity and how “tight” it still is even after 20 odd years in the West End. I think it will continue for many decades to come and probably long after the sequel has closed too.

Needless to say we will be back again and, hopefully, will be seeing the
Las Vegas version in the not too distant future.


  1. Phantom Needs NO Sequel!
    Raoul becomes a drunken wife beater, Meg becomes a topless dancer who murders her best friend Christine, Christine sleeps around before her wedding night and bares Phantom's child, and Phantom moves from the majestic Paris Opera House in France to New York's Coney Island theme park. Webber's ludicrous sequel to Phantom - LOVE NEVER DIES - destroys the original story and characters created by Gaston Leroux.

    Theatre critics disliked the show giving it less than 3 stars, while many audience members are calling it 'Paint Never Dries'. Phantom Needs NO Sequel! LOVE SHOULD DIE!

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  3. In your opinion, loveshoulddie, which you are entitled to have, but everyone else is entitled to make up their own mind about the sequel as well.

    The critics are also entitled to their own views but who ever takes any notice of what the critics think anyway ?

    I have absolutely no objections to you voicing your opinions on whether you like the show or not. However I do object to you trying to spoil it for everyone else by posting spoilers on other people's blogs.

    Just because you don't like the sequel doesn't mean that you should try and sabotage the show through your own self-importance.

    How very selfish of you.

    Let people make up their own minds in an unbiased way and not by being influenced by others. If they don't like it they will soon show this by the drop in ticket sales and the show will close of it's own accord, if that is the case.

  4. Hello! I'll be visiting London and seeing this wonderful play. My friend has a hearing impairment and will require captioning, and im not sure how it works in theatres in London. Any tips would be greatly appreciated!