PHANTOM OF THE OPERA celebrates 30 years in London’s West End

p5On Monday 10 October 2016, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA celebrated thirty years playing in London’s West End. Stars and special guests attended the charity gala performance in aid of The Music in Secondary Schools Trust. Tickets were appropriately priced at just £19.86 for some seats, giving a tip to the hat to the year the show opened.

The finale of this special performance was streamed live on Facebook and featured some very special guest performers.

Sierra Boggess (who has played the role of Christine in both THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and its sequel LOVE NEVER DIES) was due to open the Paris production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (which sadly has had to be postponed due to a fire that took place in the theatre) gave a beautiful rendition of WISHING I WAS SOMEHOW HERE AGAIN, performed in a mixture of French and English, with Andrew Lloyd Webber accompanying her on piano.

Michael Ball gave a very camp rendition of ALL I ASK OF YOU, straddling Andrew Lloyd Webber on the piano. The song turned into a hilarious sing-off with the original Raoul (Michael Ball) and current Raoul (Nadim Naaman) fighting for the attention of Christine (Celinde Schoenmaker).

Christine’s Celinde Schoenmaker and Sierra Boggess, plus current Phantom Ben Forster, were joined by French Phantom Gardar Cortes, previous Phantom John Owen Jones  and current Phantom standby, Scott Davies for a rendition of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.

At the end of the performance, the original 1986 cast of the show came on stage, including special guest Michael Crawford who hoofed it over from his current West End show THE GO-BETWEEN which is playing on Shaftesbury Avenue, for a special rendition of MASQUERADE followed by Happy Birthday.

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Photos: Dan Wooller

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is currently booking at Her Majesty’s Theatre until 14 October 2017. Tickets