The Phantom of the Opera Tickets

Her Majesty's Theatre Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4QL
Important Info
The Phantom Of The Opera Child Policy

Recommended for ages 10 and over. Under 5s will not be admitted. Parental guidance advised.


Important Information

The sides of the Grand Circle are side view restricted. The rear of the Stalls and Royal Circle are restricted by the overhang.
Seats in the Balcony have restricted legroom.
Performance Timings
Monday - 19:30
Tuesday - 19:30
Wednesday - 19:30
Thursday 14:30 19:30
Friday - 19:30
Saturday 14:30 19:30
Sunday - -
Show Info

Book The Phantom of the Opera Tickets

Andrew Lloyd Webber's sensational long-running musical The Phantom of the Opera continues to run in its original form at the West End's Her Majesty's Theatre. Since opening in 1986 where it won the Olivier Award for Best Musical, the show features some of Lloyd Webber's most memorable music alongside the original stunning set design, costumes and special effects.

The haunting story of The Phantom of the Opera is adapted from Gaston Leroux's novel of the same name and is set in the heart of the Paris Opera House. As young ballet dancer Christine Daae becomes the object of The Phantom's secret affections, he manipulates her career at the expense and horror of the Opera House staff and stars. A truly romantic tragedy, this beautiful story is set against one of the West End's most memorable scores that includes hit songs such as “The Music of the Night”, “All I Ask of You”, “Think of Me”, and of course, “The Phantom of the Opera”.

The musical is one of the most successful pieces of entertainment in history with combined worldwide grosses of over $5.6 billion. It has been seen by over 130 million people in 145 cities across 27 countries, and continues to play in its original form in both the West End, where it is the second longest running musical in history, and Broadway, where it boasts the title of the longest-running show.

Having spawned a sequel musical Love Never Dies and a successful film adaptation starring Gerard Butler, the glorious original production in London's West End continues to draw audiences from all over the world. Boasting an incredible cast of performers, audiences find themselves consistently drawn to the show time and time again, with a new generation of theatre lovers discovering the musical for the very first time.


Book your The Phantom of the Opera tickets, playing at Her Majesty's Theatre today.


The Phantom Of The Opera Synopsis 

Based on the 1910 novel by Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera tells the story of the distorted and deformed Phantom. Hiding his face behind a mask, this genius recluse resides far beneath the splendour of the Paris Opera House in an underground lair.

Wreaking havoc on the occupants and managers of the theatre, the Phantom holds sway over the opera house with his demands becoming more extreme under his obsession for his beautiful protégée, Christine Daaé, the new star of the opera. Privately teaching her and writing music for her, the Phantom becomes enraged when a handsome suitor from Christine’s past enters the picture and threatens to steal her away from him. Is his love enough to forgive the unthinkable acts he has committed? Will Christine be able to resist her ‘Angel of music’?


Facts & Figures 

Michael Crawford, who originated the role of The Phantom of the Opera, had a memorable moment during the show’s early days.

Crawford had to board a remote-controlled boat at a crucial point in the show. But he was left all at sea after its signals got mixed up with those of the local fire brigade. Luckily, technology has moved on a bit since then.

Perhaps the show's most awesome effect was achieved by hand. It took five people four weeks to string together the 6,000 beads that make up its famous chandelier.

Incredibly, one New York usher has watched the show more than 9,000 times. Now that’s dedication. 100 million others have also bought tickets for the show.

If their taste is a reliable barometer, a trip to The Phantom of the Opera seems likely to be one of the best theatre visits you'll ever make.


The Phantom Of The Opera Child Policy 

Recommended for ages 10 and over. Under 5s will not be admitted. Parental guidance advised.


Important Information 

The sides of the Grand Circle are side view restricted. The rear of the Stalls and Royal Circle are restricted by the overhang.
Seats in the Balcony have restricted legroom.

Important information

Running time
2hrs 30mins
Booking Until
Sat, 5 October 2019
Cast

The Phantom of the Opera Cast

By: Richard Stilgoe, Charles Hart and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Based on Gaston Leroux's gothic novel
Producer:Cameron Mackintosh / Really Useful Company
Director:Harold Prince
Songs by:Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lyrics by Charles Hart
Lighting:Andrew Bridge
Sound:Mick Potter
Design:Maria Björnson
Choreography:Gillian Lynne
Costume:Maria Björnson


Cast list

Ben Lewis (The Phantom), Kelly Mathieson (Christine), Amy Manford (Christine at certain performances), Jeremy Taylor (Raoul), Lara Martins (Carlotta), Siôn Lloyd (Firmin), Mark Oxtoby (André), Jacinta Mulcahy (Madame Giry), Paul Ettore Tabone (Piangi), Georgia Ware (Meg), Scott Davies (Standby for The Phantom), James Roxby Brown, Bridget Costello, Hadrian Delacey, Morven Douglas, Lori Gilchrist, Philip Griffiths, Hettie Hobbs, Grace Horne, Lily Howes, Ellen Jackson, Richard Kent, Adam Robert Lewis, Luke McCall, Leo Miles, Tim Morgan, Fiona Morley, Danielle Pullum, Tom Sterling, Claire Tilling, Victoria Ward, Matt Bateman, Jade Davies, Hannah Grace, Andrei Teodor Iliescu, Jordan Simon Pollard, Una Reynolds, Emily Smith, Rachel Spurrell and John Stacey.
Reviews

The Phantom of the Opera Critics & Reviews

Critics rating: ****
Review by: Will Longman

Stop a person on the street and ask them to name a West End musical, they’ll probably say one of two things: Les Mis, or The Phantom of the Opera. The latter has been impressively running non-stop at Her Majesty’s Theatre for over 3 decades now, but does Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical still have the same sense of wonder as it did all that time ago.

There’s no question that it’s a complete classic: the story tells of the titular phantom who haunts an opera house, the tales of his presence in the building are now common gossip amongst the casts. During rehearsals for the company’s latest offering, an unknown chorus girl, Christine, is forced to thrust into the lead role, with the producers assured she has been taught well. Taught, it turns out, by the ‘Angel of Music’, the Phantom whose voice rings around in her head.

During her triumphant performance, an old friend Raoul rekindles his love for Christine, while the Phantom reveals himself to Christine, luring her to his underground lair. As he tells her how she’s been chosen to perform his work-in-progress opera, she lifts his mask to reveal his gruesomely disfigured face, and this begins a tale of jealousy and control.

While its reputation as the ultimate romantic musical precedes it, watching the show in the #MeToo era throws up for a few uneasy moments. As the Phantom’s manipulation and desire to control Christine become more and more apparent – through some pretty no-nonsense lyrics like “You will curse the day you did not do /All that the Phantom asked of you” - it’s difficult not to feel for her as she is trapped and manipulated by a selfish, jealous man.

It did create two of the most desirable roles for any musical theatre performer. Originated by Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman, the production currently features an excellent leading cast of Ben Lewis and Kelly Mathieson. Lewis commands every corner of the stage with the menace of the Phantom, while treating his more tender moments with the deluded pain the character demands. Mathieson plays Christine with the kind of innocent naivety that makes the part convincing, and nails some of the most challenging songs written for the stage.

There is still something special about Lloyd Webber’s score. Its songs were revelations that shook musical theatre, standards that entered the public consciousness. The ‘80s synth-opera fusion might seem a little dated, but there’s no disputing that descending motif still conjures goose bumps. At the heart of “The Point of No Return” - the Phantom’s composition – are the satisfying resolved phrases that are a trademark of the score.

In 2018, it’s difficult for one to imagine the reaction this production would have received in the ‘80s. It’s wildly over the top - complete with its iconic set pieces, fireballs, and an elephant - and some of these elements raise a chuckle or two at the confidence it must have taken to pull them off. Some of the tricks wouldn't look out of place in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, while others laid the groundwork for a show like Bat Out of Hell to exist at the heightened level it does.

While we could dissect the reaction the show would get if Phantom was presented as a new work today, there’s no question that it’s still wild, it’s still joyous, and it’s still deserved of its place as the pride of the West End.

The Phantom of the Opera is currently booking at the Her Majesty’s Theatre.
Venue Info

Her Majesty's Theatre

Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4QL

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Her Majesty's Theatre

Address: 57 Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4QL
Capacity: 1160

This incarnation of Her Majesty’s Theatre opened in 1897, the project of Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree who wished to have a theatre to house productions of Shakespeare’s work and literary adaptations. But there have been four theatres on this site since 1705, the first being named The Queen’s Theatre with permission from Queen Anne. It became associated with operatic productions until it was destroyed by a fire in 1789.

The new theatre opened in 1791, named the King’s Theatre, and at the time was the largest theatre in England. This venue saw the London debut of Mozart opera, hosting the premiere of La Clemenza de Tito in 1806, as well as premieres of Cosi Fan Tutti, The Magic Flute and Don Giovanni. It was Queen Victoria’s accession to the throne in 1837 that brought about the name change to Her Majesty’s Theatre. Opera continued to play a large role in the theatre’s repertoire, with the famous Swedish singer Jenny Lind making her debut here in a production of Roberto by Meyerbeer in 1847, and she also performed for Queen Victoria in Bellini’s Norma. Beethoven’s Fidelio made its British premiere here in 1851, and Faust by Gounod also premiered here, in Italian, in 1853. This building succumbed to fire in 1867.

The third theatre was designed by Charles Lee and completed two years after the fire of 1867, but did not house any acts until 1875 – the Evangelist Meetings of Moody and Sankey took place here. When opera did return to Her Majesty’s, the British premiere of Carmen by Bizet took place in 1878, as well as a complete performance of the Ring Cycle by Wagner in 1882. The theatre closed in 1890 to be demolished in 1892.

Today’s building was designed by C J Phipps and commissioned by the actor Herbert Beerbohm Tree, who had a flat built into the design for the theatre – a flat for himself that in 1904 he would repurpose as a drama school, now known as the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art – RADA. Tree’s management of Her Majesty’s Theatre saw the venue become known as a playhouse rather than an operatic house, with productions of Shakespeare’s works as well as adaptations of novels.

The auditorium, designed in the style of Louis XIV, is appropriately scaled to house musicals as well as straight plays, and throughout the 20th century a host of musicals have played here, including Brigadoon, Paint Your Wagon, Bye Bye Birdie, West Side Story, On The Twentieth Century, Fiddler on the Roof, Bugsy Malone and the theatre’s current tenant, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, which opened in October 1986 and is the theatre’s longest running production.

Her Majesty's Theatre is currently owned by Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Theatres Group.


Seating

The auditorium has four levels – Stalls, Royal Circle, Grand Circle and Balcony.

Views from the Stalls are very good, though pillars in Row N to obstruct the view from certain seats. Other than the front row, the legroom is good throughout the Stalls.

The Royal Circle generally offers good views of the stage, though pillars supporting the Grand Circle do restrict views from certain seats, which are priced reflectively. The overhang of the Grand Circle will affect the view from seats in Row E onwards.

Whilst the legroom in the Grand Circle really isn’t great, the Balcony is set behind the Grand Circle meaning that the view of the stage is not obstructed by an overhang.

The Balcony does feel quite a long way from the stage, and the legroom is slim, but the sharp rake of the seating ensures good views.


Facilities At Her Majesty's Theatre 

Seat plan: Her Majesty's Theatre Seat Plan
Facilities: Air conditioned
Bar
Disabled toilets
Infrared hearing loop
Toilets
Wheelchair accessible


Access description: 
Level access into the foyer through the centre doors and through 2 sets of swing doors. Box Office counter on the right-hand side. Staircases have handrails on both sides and some steps are highlighted. Stalls are 18 steps down from the foyer, Royal Circle up 32, Grand Circle up 62 and Balcony up 89. 2 steep steps between rows in the Circles. Customers with mobility problems are advised to book stalls seats.

Sound Amplification: Infra-red system with 10 headsets available. Headsets can be collected from the cloakroom, or ask a member of staff for one. You will be asked to sign a receipt.

Guide Dogs: Guide dogs are allowed into the auditorium or can be looked after by staff in the Manager’s office during the show (maximum 2).

Disabled Access: Please ask a member of staff in the Foyer to open the second side EXIT door on Charles II Street. There is a slight slope to the rear right Stalls. 4 spaces for wheelchair users in row S next to S12. Transfer seating available to any aisle seat in the Stalls. An usher will be assigned to disabled theatregoers, but each wheelchair user must bring a non-disabled companion.

Toilets: Women’s and men’s at the rear Stalls, at the back of the Royal Circle and at the back of the Grand Circle.

Disabled Toilets: Adapted toilet on the left inside the entrance on Charles II Street.

Limited Mobility: Access guides, large print programmes, braille cast lists and touch tours


Nearest tube: Piccadilly Circus
Tube lines: Bakerloo, Piccadilly
Location: West End
Railway station: Charing Cross
Bus numbers: (Haymarket) 3, 6, 9, 12, 13, 15, 19, 23, 38, 53, 88, 139, 159
Night bus numbers: (Haymarket) 6, 12, 23, 88, 139, 453, N8, N19, N38, N97, N3, N13, N15, N136, N159
Car park: Leicester Square, Whitcomb Street (2mins)
Within congestion zone?: Yes
Directions from tube: (5mins) Go along Coventry Street and then take Haymarket on the right where the theatre will be approx. 200 metres along.

Photos

The Phantom of the Opera Photo Gallery