Phantom of the Opera celebrated its 28th anniversary on October 10th and has recently been given an update. As I had seen the show years ago I wanted to see what, if anything had changed. Andrew Lloyd-Webber's multi award-winning musical is a captivating love story with astounding music that gets into your soul. At least that is how I remembered it. I looked forward to a refresher in romance, tragedy and love and was not disappointed.
I went on to His Majesty`s Theatre Haymarket for the matinee performance at 2.30 pm. I had paid £21 for my
ticket with lastminute.com taking advantage of the offer of no booking
fee. The seat was in the Grand Circle and had a slightly restricted
view. I was able to move to a better seat within the Grand Circle during
the interval as a third of these seats were empty. I am sure this
wouldn`t be the case during an evening performance. The cast are
The stage setting are impressive and
dramatic and I loved the Masquerade's ball. The costumes are
bright and jewel coloured and I like the cloaks that seem to float around
half the stage. It is the chandelier that captures the drama of the
opening scene as it shuffles and moves and rises high over the audience.
I think this is a major improvement of the earlier performance as it
brings the phantom immediately into the play. The chandelier has a
further role during the play and the height of the stage is put to good
use for ghostly frights. The stage sets are mind blowing how they can
creates such effects on a stage is wonderful.
The candles parting like
the biblical parting of the waves as the boat carrying Christine and the
Phantom down the misty lake would take a lot of beating. The orchestra
spilling out haunting music as fingers fly over violins is special and
the mists circling the actors creates an entrancing setting. It is a
beautiful musical that everyone should see. We all stood to cheer the
actors when the `Music of the Night` stopped.
London Theatre Tip
Matinee performances on a week day are often not full so it is usually possible to move into a better seat.