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The Phantom of the Opera to tour UK and Ireland

The Phantom of the Opera - Tour - Photo by Johan Persson.

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

ANDREW Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh have announced a UK and Ireland tour of The Phantom of the Opera, opening at Curve, Leicester on February 24, 2020 where it will run until March 21, 2020.

It will then visit Manchester Palace Theatre (March 26 to May 30), Bord Gais Energy Theatre Dublin (June 10 to July 18), Birmingham Hippodrome (July 29 to September 12) and Edinburgh Festival Theatre (September 23 to October 31, 2020), with further dates to be announced.

Now in its 33rd phenomenal year in the West End, The Phantom of the Opera is widely considered one of the most beautiful and spectacular productions in history. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s romantic, haunting and soaring score includes Music of the Night, All I Ask of You, Masquerade and the iconic title song.

The Phantom of the Opera tells the tale of a disfigured musical genius known only as ‘The Phantom’ who haunts the depths of the Paris Opera House. Mesmerised by the talents and beauty of Christine, a young soprano, the Phantom lures her as his protégé and falls fiercely in love with her. Unaware of Christine’s love for Raoul, the Phantom’s obsession sets the scene for a dramatic turn of events where jealousy, madness and passions collide.

The Phantom of the Opera is one of the most successful musicals in entertainment history playing to over 145 million people in 41 countries and 183 cities in 17 languages. It has won more than 70 major theatre awards, including seven Tony Awards and four Olivier Awards.

The Phantom of the Opera is the only show in history to have celebrated 30 years on both sides of the Atlantic. In October 2016, the London production celebrated its 30th Anniversary with a special gala performance at Her Majesty’s Theatre and in October 2011, the London production celebrated its 25th Anniversary with a spectacular staging of “The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall” which was screened live in cinemas all over the world and subsequently released on DVD.

The musical became the longest running show in Broadway history on January 9, 2006 when it celebrated its 7,486th performance. On January 1, 2018, it celebrated its 13,000th performance and later that month, on January 24, the Broadway production celebrated an amazing 30 years on Broadway.

Produced by Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Theatre Company Limited, The Phantom of the Opera has music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Charles Hart, and additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe. Book is by Richard Stilgoe and Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on the novel Le Fantôme de l’Opera by Gaston Leroux, with orchestraions by David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The Phantom of the Opera is currently showing in London, New York, Prague and Sao Paulo, as well as on tour in the US and Asia.

Further dates and full casting for the tour will be announced soon.

Image: The Phantom of the Opera – Tour – Photo by Johan Persson.