Sunday, 3 January 2010

The Phantom of the Opera

I haven't posted for a few days. I have been lucky enough to travel down to London to watch Phantom of the Opera that has been playing at Her Majesty's Theatre in the West End since 1986. For those of you who haven't seen the 2004 movie adaptation I urge you to get a copy and watch it. For those of you who are lucky enough to live within travelling distance ( I drove a 500 mile round trip) of either London's West End or Broadway then I urge you even more to go and see the theatre production. 

Originally a novel Le Fantôme de l'Opéra by Gaston Leroux in 1909 the story was given the "Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber" treatment in 1986 and to this day remains a must see production. 

Having watched the DVD many times I was eager to see the stage show. I've got to say it was simply stunning. Her Majesty's theatre is relatively small with just an 1100 seat capacity but it has so much character. From the start the production was breathtaking. The set changes are seamless and the effects are technically brilliant. The story stirs more emotion on stage than the DVD can manage despite me having a superb home cinema. An unforgettable performance that will stay with me forever. 


  1. I saw it on Broadway when I was still in high school. And I used to have the soundtrack memorized! I was a theatre geek.

  2. I love this show!! I have been able to see it 3 times.. BUT only discovered the movie (through my daughters,..OK technically their dads girlfriend..hee hee...) a few months ago!!LOVE the movie..and my 8 and 10 year old got it for christmas and they also got tickets for them and ME (ok this was my gift to me too..) to see it on January 20th. I cannot wait!! Too see it again will be bittersweet in some ways, and yet taking my girls will be so new and fresh that it will change forever the way the memory is stored. I am glad you liked it!:)

  3. I have the DVD too, love the movie. Their voices were magical. hmm have not seen it for a few months, now that you reminded me, I will watch it again tonight. :)

  4. whaaaaaat you got to see Phantom of the Opera, Ah man Lucky you.
    :( and I didnt get to see it :(