‘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 a young soprano – Christine, 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’.
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh are delighted to announce that the UK and Ireland tour of the brilliant original production of ‘The Phantom of the Opera‘ will come to the Birmingham Hippodrome in Summer 2020.
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.
One of the most successful musicals in entertainment history, the show has played 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. It 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 9th January 2006 when it celebrated its 7,486th performance. On 1st January 2018 it celebrated its 13,000th performance, and later that month on 24th January the Broadway production celebrated an amazing 30 years on Broadway.
‘The Phantom of the Opera’ features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Charles Hart, additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe and a book by Stilgoe and Lloyd Webber (based on the novel ‘Le Fantôme de l’Opera’ by Gaston Leroux), with orchestrations by David Cullen and Lloyd Webber.
The production is currently showing in London, New York, Prague and Sao Paulo, as well as on tour in the US and Asia.
‘The Phantom of the Opera‘ will come to Birmingham Hippodrome from 29th July to 12th September 2020.
Birmingham Hippodrome Artistic Director and Chief Executive Fiona Allan said: “The Phantom of the Opera is the very definition of a blockbuster musical, having played in London for 33 years and been seen by 145 million people worldwide. Now Birmingham audiences will have the opportunity to experience this extraordinary production, as once again the Hippodrome brings the very best of the West End to the West Midlands.”
Tickets will go on sale to Birmingham Hippodrome Friends and Patron scheme members on Tuesday 10th September at 11am, to groups on Tuesday 24th September at 11am and to the general public from Thursday 26th September at 11am.