The glitzy and glamourous 2019 charity event of the West End Eurovision song contest was held in the Adelphi Theatre on The Strand which is currently the home of the Musical Waitress. The aim of the event is to raise money for the charity Mad Trust - Make a difference Trust which was founded in 2008 by David Pendlebury, together with Melanie Tranter and Julian Bird, and was initially known as West End Cares & subsequently Theatrecares. It raises much-needed funds to help people living … [Read more...]
Her Majesty's Theatre London Tickets - The Phantom of The Opera News & Reviews
The multi-award winning The Phantom of The Opera musical continues to captivate audiences at Her Majesty's Theatre in London's West End, after more than 10,000 performances (celebrated its 10,000th performance on 23 October 2010).
Andrew Lloyd Webber's mesmerising score along with jaw-dropping scenery and breathtaking special effects, magically combine to bring this tragic love story to life each night.
Evenings: Monday to Saturday 7.30pm
Matinees: Thursday and Saturday 2.30pm
Running Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Age Restrictions: Recommended for ages 10 and over. Under 5s will not be admitted. Parental guidance advised.
Show Opened: 27th September 1986
Important Info: The sides of the Grand Circle are side view restricted. The rear of the Stalls and Royal Circle are restricted by the overhang.
Her Majesty’s Theatre London
57 Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4QL
Venue and Travel Information
Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus
Tube Lines: Bakerloo, Piccadilly
Directions from nearest tube: Go along Coventry Street and then take Haymarket on the right where the theatre will be approximately 200 metres.
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
Within Congestion Zone: Yes
Venue Facilities: Air conditioned, Bar, Disabled toilets, Infrared hearing loop, Toilets and Wheelchair accessible
Her Majesty’s Theatre London
The current Her Majesty’s Theatre is actually the 4th theatre to occupy this site. The first was called The Queen’s Theatre, being built by Sir John Vanbrugh and opened on 9th April 1705.
The theatre was re-named to The Kings Theatre in 1714 when King George I ascended the throne. The theatre was generally associated with opera, until 1789 when the theatre was destroyed by fire. The 2nd theatre was by designed by Michael Novosielski and opened in March 1791. This theatre was once more associated with opera, as well as ballet. It was here that some of Mozart’s opera were first presented in London.
In 1837 the name of the theatre was changed to Her Majesty’s Theatre Italian Opera House at the time Queen Victoria ascended to the throne. The Italian Opera House segment of the name was dropped in 1847. In December 1867 the theatre was again destroyed by fire.
The theatre was reconstructed in 1869, and this time designed by Charles Lee. In 1892 the theatre was demolished leaving only the Royal Opera Arcade. The current, and 4th theatre on this site was designed by C J Phipps and opened on 28th April 1897. Now it was plays that were mostly performed, with the occasional opera. In 1916 Chu Chin Chow began a record-breaking run of 2,238 performances.
In 1929 Bitter Sweet by Noel Coward was produced and enjoyed a run of 697 performances. Following the Second World War the theatre generally presented musicals, which included Brigadoon in 1949, Paint Your Wagon in 1953, West Side Story in 1958 and the classic Fiddler On The Roof in 1967 which had a run of 2,030 performances. The current production of Phantom of the Opera, opened on 9th October 1986.
After more than 32 years in the West End, The Phantom of the Opera continues to sound marvellous. Actually, it sounds even better these days, as it’s a relative rarity, mostly for commercial reasons, for shows to boast an orchestra of twenty-seven members (aside from the London Musical Theatre Orchestra, whose performances are one-off specials in concert format). ‘POTO’, as some of its fans and followers refer to it on social media, has become, over the years, a production without compare. Even … [Read more...]
The Phantom of the Opera has won over 70 major theatre awards, including seven Tony’s on Broadway and four Olivier Awards in the West End. It won the ‘Magic Radio Audience Award’, voted by the public, in the 2016 Laurence Olivier Awards. THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, which opened at Her Majesty's Theatre on 9th October 1986 starred Michael Crawford as 'The Phantom' and Sarah Brightman as 'Christine.' It is produced by Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Theatre Company Limited. The Phantom … [Read more...]
The West End is home to a great variety of musicals, many of which are only here for a short time. A run that lasts more than a year or so is an achievement in this day and age, and shows such as Mamma Mia, The Lion King, Wicked and Billy Elliot have defied the odds to become long-term residents of the West End. None of those come anywhere close to matching the staying power of The Phantom of the Opera, which is today celebrating its 29th birthday. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical masterpiece … [Read more...]
Following an acclaimed United Kingdom sell-out tour, Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s phenomenal musical success, The Phantom of the Opera, has its U.S. premiere in Providence, Rhode Island, launching a new North American Tour. Critics are gushing that this breathtaking production that is “bigger and better than ever before.” This Phantom features a magnificent new scenic design by Paul Brown, Tony Award-winning original costume design by Maria … [Read more...]
The Phantom of The Opera… a mystery never fully explained. Well, that may be so, but as one of the West End’s longest running shows it is safe to say that many will know what the musical is about. Even if the story is unknown, what is guaranteed are the lavish costumes, vast sets and songs which you will definitely have heard, intentionally or otherwise. If you are after drama and a spectacle then this is absolutely the right show. As you walk in, you are faced with a stage full of dust … [Read more...]
At the time of the interview Anna O'Byrne was performing as Christine Daaé (at certain performances) in The Phantom of The Opera, having made her West End debut at Her Majesty's Theatre. She originated the role of Christine in the Australian production of Love Never Dies, and also covered and performed Christine in the Australasian tour of The Phantom of The Opera. Earlier this week Anna answered some questions about herself, her career and her role in The Phantom of The Opera. Did anyone … [Read more...]