A brand new cast and creative team have been announced for the West End production of The Phantom of The Opera, following speculation about the show’s future.
In July 2020 it was reported that the show would be closing. However, reports were later refuted by Andrew Lloyd Webber, who said “as far as I’m concerned Phantom will reopen as soon as it is possible.”
Lucy St. Louis will lead the cast as Christine Daaé, the first time that a black performer has played Christine. Lloyd Webber told WhatsOnStage that “Lucy first sang for me in between lockdowns one and two and I was utterly bewitched.”
Joining St. Louis is Killian Donnelly as the Phantom and Rhys Whitfield as Raoul. The cast also includes Saori Oda, Matt Harrop, and Adam Linstead.
Orchestrations will be by David Cullen and Lloyd Webber, with musical supervision from Simon Lee and production design by Maria Björnson.
On the new production, producer Cameron Mackintosh said “putting the new version of the original Phantom production back into its perfect home Her Majesty’s Theatre, 35 years after its premiere, is an unexpected thrill.
“Although many of our brilliant original creative colleagues including, Hal Prince, Maria Björnson and Gillian Lynne are sadly no longer with us, their work lives on inspiring our new creative team to stage the Phantom afresh, as if it was a brand new production.”
Tickets will go on sale on Tuesday 4 May.
Words by Orla McAndrew.
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