Happy Birthday to the original and best Phantom!

This day in 1986, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA opened at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London to brilliant reviews and an unprecedented audience demand.

Everything that can be said about the show has been said, so I shall not waste your time by covering old ground.

I was fortunate to join the management team in October 1986 (in my first management position) and witnessed first-hand the diligence, determination and dedication of so many people who worked so hard to make the show a unique treat for audiences.

Those of us there were experiencing something unprecedented and unsurpassed. I met many amazing people who have shared that experience and I am happy to say am still friends with today. It was a wonderful time and I count myself very lucky to have been given the chances I got, and to have met and worked with some fantsatic, fun-loving and highly=-professional people at the top of their game.

This October 9th will be the first birthday that the show has missed in London, after its enforced closure on March 16th. But the show will return, after refurbishment to the theatre and the physical assets of the production itself.

Phantom, we can never forget you. And when you return, I know you will wow audiences all over again. And for the experience on working on your show- what a privilege!

Phantom of the Opera, London, 2017, Credit: Johan Persson

You can see the 25th-anniversary concert production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s show which was filmed at the Royal Albert Hall in 2011 featuring Ramin Karimloo as the Phantom and Sierra Boggess as Christine. It is available for only 24 hours only in the UK (48 hours elsewhere) from 7pm on Friday 9th October. Watch it here

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