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By Kitty Underwood First Published 22 October 2019, Last Updated 31 October 2019

The Phantom Of The Opera has been making audiences weep, scream and applaud with all their might for over 33 years now. With some immense talent required to belt out those songs, the Phantom Phandom (we’re not sorry) all have a favourite masked man. In case you were  Wishing They Were Somehow Here Again, we thought we’d check out what some of our favourite Phantom Of The Opera actors are up to now. 

Michael Crawford

Phantom Of The Opera Actors: Andrew Lloyd Webber, Michael Crawford and Cameron Mackintosh. (Photo: Dan Wooller)

Michael Crawford was the original phantom back in 1986. Anecdotally, Michael was offered the part after Andrew Lloyd Webber and his then wife Sarah Brightman arrived early for her singing lesson and happened to overhear the end of the previous students lesson. Intrigued, they tracked down the owner of the voice and called him in for an audition. The rest is musical history!

With two and a half years under his belt, over 1,300 performances, an Olivier Award , a Tony Award and a presidential performance, Michael Crawford achieved a lot as the first Phantom! He was one of the guests of honour – alongside some of the other biggest Phantom Of The Opera actors – at Phantom’s 30th anniversary gala back in 2016.

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Since then, he’s been acting on and off the stage, originating the role of the Wizard in Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice’s The Wizard Of Oz at the London Palladium in 2011; reprising 70s sit-com Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em in 2016 for a special sport relief charity episode and starring in the new West End musical The Go-Between at the Apollo Theatre in May 2016.

At the age of 77, he shows no signs of quitting the stage and last year appeared in the 60th anniversary performance of Benjamin Britten’s Noye’s Fludde as the voice of God.

Ben Forster

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After winning  ITV’s reality TV competition Superstar in 2012, Ben Forster stepped up to don the infamous mask in 2016. His next turn in musical theatre wasn’t so lucky as in 2018, he came off a ladder during a performance of Elf The Musical, breaking his ankle, and was unable to finish the run.

All healed up now, he’s now showcasing his voice all around the world. Having performed his first UK solo show – Me, Myself & Musicals – at Theatre Royal Haymarket in June this year, he announced the formation of a new musical theatre supergroup The Cardinals alongside Carrie Hope Fletcher, Celinde Shoenmaker and another ex-Phantom, Ramin Karimloo. While they’ve yet to announce any official gigs past their surprise performance back in June and an appearance at BBC Proms In The Park in September, musical theatre fans are hanging on the edge of their seats.

Ben also recently announced he would be singing alongside other former Phantoms John Owen-Jones and Earl Carpenter as well as Kerry Ellis and Anna O’Byrne in Japan next March with The Voices Of The West End 2020.

Ramin Karimloo

Phantom Of The Opera Actors: Ramin Karimloo at West End LIVE 2016 (Photo: Pamela Raith)

At only 28, Ramin was the youngest ever Phantom on the West End. In another piece of Phantom history, in 2010 he originated the role of the Phantom in Love Never Dies – Andrew Lloyd Webber’s official sequel to The Phantom Of The Opera.

Since then, Ramin has popped up in musicals both sides of the pond, including Evita, Chess, Anastasia, Parade and the 2014 Broadway revival of Les Miserables, which gained him a Tony nomination. He reprised the role of the Phantom in May last year in a series of The Phantom Of The Opera concerts in Seoul alongside Anna O’Byrne.

In January this year, Ramin made the leap from the stage to the small screen when he was cast as c ardiothoracic surgeon Kian Madani in Holby City. He’s not hung up his musical boots yet though, and played Doctor Zhivago in the UK premiere of Doctor Zhivago The Musical at Cadogan Hall this September alongside Celinde Schoenmaker.

Peter Polycarpou

Phantom Of The Opera Actors: Tom Brooke as Alexander Litvinenko & Peter Polycarpou as Boris Bereszovsky in A Very Expensive Poison. Photo by Marc Brenner

Peter Polycarpou has had a long and varied career. He played the Phantom back in 1991, while he was also starring in BBC sitcom Birds Of A Feather. Since then, he’s been belting out showtunes all over the place, including Oklahoma!, The Secret Garden, Sweeny Todd, Guys And Dolls.

You’ll have caught him on the small screen too, as he’s appeared in British classics EastEnders, The Bill, Casualty, Holby City and Waking The Dead. He’s even done voice work for the James Bond 007: Bloodstone and Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows video games.

This year he appeared in a 3-episode arc of Sky Atlantic series Riviera as well as dusting off his vocal pipes to play Sancho in Man Of La Mancha opposite Kelsey Garmmer as Cerval for the English National Opera at the London Coliseum . He also played Boris Bereszovsky in the critically acclaimed A Very Expensive Poison at the Old Vic , a play from Lucy Prebble about the assassination of Alexander Litvinenko and the fall-out from his death.

John Owen-Jones

Phantom Of The Opera Actors: John Owen-Jones and Lucie Jones at West End LIVE 2019 (Photo: Pamela Raith)

Playing the masked anti-hero for 3 and a half years and nearly 1,400 performances, John Owen-Jones was the longest running West End Phantom, and one of the most prolific Phantom Of The Opera actors of all time. A Les Mis and Phantom veteran, John has been appearing in productions, concerts and musical celebrations of the two since the early noughties, and was a special guest at both of the shows’ 25th anniversary concert events.

As well as appearing in non-musical and musical theatre throughout the years, John has written and released several albums that include songs from musicals, hymns and traditional Welsh language songs. His recent albums include Unmasked, Rise and Spotlight, which came out this year. We were lucky enough to catch some of Spotlight in John’s  West End Live  performance this year.

After 33 years, The Phantom Of The Opera is still going strong at Her Majesty’s Theatre . Currently starring Josh Piterman, Kelly Mathieson, Danny Whitehead and Britt Lenting, you can book your tickets to the classic tale of romance and heartbreak below.

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Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical The Phantom Of The Opera London has announced new casting from 31 July 2023 at His Majesty’s Theatre.

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Lily Kerhoas joins the company as Christine Daaé, with Joe Griffiths-Brown as Raoul, David Kristopher-Brown as Ubaldo Piangi and Maiya Hikasa as Meg Giry. Continuing in the show will be Jon Robyns as The Phantom, Kelly Glyptis as Carlotta Giudicelli, Adam Linstead as Monsieur André , Matt Harrop as Monsieur Firmin and Francesca Ellis as Madame Giry.  At certain performances the role of Christine Daaé will be played by Paige Blankson.

The cast is completed by Hollie Aires, Federica Basile, Corina Clark, Michael Colbourne, Leonard Cook, Colleen Rose Curran, Lily De-La-Haye, Hywel Dowsell, Connor Ewing, Serina Faull, Florence Fowler, James Gant, Melanie Gowie, Eilish Harmon-Beglan, Yukina Hasebe, Samuel Haughton, Thomas Holdsworth, Jacob Hughes, Grace Hume, Tim Morgan, Eve Shanu-Wilson, Tim Southgate, Zoë Soleil Vallée , Jasmine Wallis, Victoria Ward, Ralph Watts, Simon Whitaker, and Andrew York.

The Phantom Of The Opera has music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lyrics by Charles Hart, and Additional Lyrics by Richard Stilgoe . Book by Richard Stilgoe and Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on the novel ‘Le Fantôme de l’Opera ’ by Gaston Leroux, with Orchestrations by David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Musical Supervision is by Simon Lee. The Production Design is by Maria Björnson and the Set Design is adapted by Matt Kinley with Associate Costume Design by Jill Parker, Lighting is by Andrew Bridge with Associate Lighting Design by Warren Letton, Sound is by Mick Potter. The Musical Staging and Choreography is by Gillian Lynne, recreated and adapted by Chrissie Cartwright. Originally Directed by Harold Prince, this production is Directed by Seth Sklar-Heyn.

The Phantom Of The Opera is currently booking until 2 March 2024 at His Majesty’s Theatre , London.

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The Phantom of the Opera London Cast Has Been Announced!

The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London has announced Jon Robyns as The Phantom from Monday 3 April 2023, Holly-Anne Hull as Christine Daaé from Monday 23 January, and Paige Blankson as alternate Christine from Monday 13 February. From Monday 13 February to Saturday 1 April, Earl Carpenter will reprise his role as The Phantom. 

Jon Robyns can currently be seen as Jean Valjean in Les Misérables , a role which he also played at the Staged Concert. He recently played King George in Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre. 

Holly-Anne Hull has played select performances as alternate Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre since the production reopened in July 2021. Holly also played the role of Christine in the UK & Ireland Tour. 

Paige Blankson made her professional debut in 2021 as Cosette in the UK and Ireland tour of Les Misérables . 

Earl Carpenter returns to The Phantom of the Opera having performed as The Phantom at Her Majesty’s Theatre and on tour. His most recent theatre credits include Prime Minister in the world premiere of Mandela at the Young Vic and Dubdhara in The Pirate Queen at the London Coliseum.

They join Matt Blaker as Raoul and Kelly Glyptis as Carlotta, Matt Harrop as Monsieur Firmin, Adam Linstead as Monsieur André, Greg Castiglioni as Ubaldo Piangi, Francesca Ellis as Madame Giry and Ellie Young as Meg Giry. 

The cast is completed by Hollie Aires, Connor Carson, Corina Clark, Michelle Cornelius, Edward Court, Lily De-La-Haye, Hywel Dowsell, Serina Faull, James Gant, Eilish Harmon-Beglan, Emma Harris, Yukina Hasebe, Thomas Holdsworth, Olivia Holland-Rose, Jacob Hughes, Grace Hume, James Hume, Tim Morgan, Michael Robert-Lowe, Eve Shanu-Wilson, Tim Southgate, Anouk Van Laake, Jasmine Wallis, Ralph Watts, Skye Weiss, Simon Whitaker, Lizzie Wofford and Andrew York.

Get your tickets today to see this brand new cast perform Andrew Lloyd Webber ’s timeless score and bring the haunting magic of Phantom to life!

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The cast and creative team have been unveiled for The Phantom of the Opera in the West End, ahead of its return to Her Majesty's Theatre in July.

Led by the previously revealed Killian Donnelly in the titular role, taking on the role of Christine will be Lucy St Louis (click to read more) , with Rhys Whitfield playing Raoul.

The cast also includes Saori Oda as Carlotta Giudicelli, Matt Harrop as Monsieur Firmin, Adam Linstead as Monsieur André, Greg Castiglioni as Ubaldo Piangi, Francesca Ellis as Madame Giry and Ellie Young as Meg Giry. At certain performances, the role of Christine will be played by Holly-Anne Hull.

They are joined by Leeroy Boone, Corina Clark, Edward Court, Lily De-La-Haye, Hywel Dowsell, Jemal Felix, Erin Flaherty, James Gant, Eilish Harmon-Beglan, Yukina Hasebe, Olivia Holland- Rose, Grace Hume, James Hume, Donald Craig Manuel, Jonathan Milton, Janet Mooney, Tim Morgan, Beatrice Penny-Toure, Michael Robert-Lowe, Nikki Skinner, Tim Southgate, Ashley Stillburn, Manon Taris, Anouk Van Laake, Skye Weiss, Simon Whitaker and Karen Wilkinson. One further female ensemble member is still to be cast.

Andrew Lloyd Webber said today: "I am thrilled to announce our first entirely new cast for The Phantom of the Opera in London in over 35 years. This cast includes some wonderful performers with whom I have worked in the past, such as Killian and Rhys as well as the hugely exciting Lucy St Louis in the role of Christine Daaé. Lucy first sang for me in between lockdowns one and two and I was utterly bewitched. I am also very proud to welcome Beatrice Penny-Toure, Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation ArtsEd scholarship graduate, to the Phantom family in her first professional role."

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Producer Cameron Mackintosh added: "Putting the new version of the original Phantom production back into its perfect home Her Majesty's Theatre, 35 years after its premiere, is an unexpected thrill. None of us had any idea The Phantom would be haunting the stage for so long. Although many of our brilliant original creative colleagues including, Hal Prince, Maria Björnson and Gillian Lynne are sadly no longer with us, their work lives on inspiring our new creative team to stage the Phantom afresh, as if it was a brand new production.

"This time around Her Majesty's Theatre will take even more of a starring role alongside our brilliant new cast. Andrew and I cannot wait for our opera to begin again on 27 July, a few weeks before it opens at the Sydney Opera House and ahead of its return to Broadway."

The piece is produced by Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group Ltd. Music is by Andrew Lloyd Webber with lyrics by Charles Hart, and additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe.

The book is by Richard Stilgoe and Lloyd Webber, based on the novel Le Fantôme de l'Opera by Gaston Leroux, with orchestrations by David Cullen and Lloyd Webber. Musical supervision is by Simon Lee.

The production design is by Maria Björnson and the set design is adapted by Matt Kinley with associate costume design by Jill Parker, lighting is by Andrew Bridge with associate lighting design by Warren Letton and sound is by Mick Potter.

The musical staging and choreography is by Gillian Lynne, recreated and adapted by Chrissie Cartwright. Originally directed by Harold Prince, this production is directed by Seth Sklar-Heyn.

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The new 2021 cast for The Phantom Of The Opera in London’s West End had been revealed.

The show will return with an updated production at Her Majesty’s Theatre this summer with performances currently scheduled to begin on 27 July.

Killian Donnelly will take on the title role while Lucy St Louis will play Christine Daaé with Rhys Whitfield as Raoul.

They’ll be joined by Saori Oda as Carlotta Giudicelli, Matt Harrop as Monsieur Firmin, Adam Linstead as Monsieur André, Greg Castiglioni as Ubaldo Piangi, Francesca Ellis as Madame Giry and Ellie Young as Meg Giry. Holly-Anne Hull will perform as Christine at certain performances.

Completing the current company are Leeroy Boone, Corina Clark, Edward Court, Lily De-La-Haye, Hywel Dowsell, Jemal Felix, Erin Flaherty, James Gant, Eilish Harmon-Beglan, Yukina Hasebe, Olivia Holland- Rose, Grace Hume, James Hume, Donald Craig Manuel, Jonathan Milton, Janet Mooney, Tim Morgan, Beatrice Penny-Toure, Michael Robert-Lowe, Nikki Skinner, Tim Southgate, Ashley Stillburn, Manon Taris, Anouk Van Laake, Skye Weiss, Simon Whitaker and Karen Wilkinson.

Andrew Lloyd Webber said: “I am thrilled to announce our first entirely new cast for The Phantom of the Opera in London in over 35 years. This cast includes some wonderful performers with whom I have worked in the past, such as Killian and Rhys as well as the hugely exciting Lucy St Louis in the role of Christine Daaé.

“Lucy first sang for me in between lockdowns one and two and I was utterly bewitched. I am also very proud to welcome Beatrice Penny-Toure, Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Arts Ed scholarship graduate, to the Phantom family in her first professional role.”

Producer Cameron Mackintosh added: “Putting the new version of the original Phantom production back into its perfect home Her Majesty’s Theatre, 35 years after its premiere, is an unexpected thrill. None of us had any idea The Phantom would be haunting the stage for so long.

“Although many of our brilliant original creative colleagues including, Hal Prince, Maria Björnson and Gillian Lynne are sadly no longer with us, their work lives on inspiring our new creative team to stage the Phantom afresh, as if it was a brand new production.”

Ticket for the reopening will go on sale 4 May. Those with tickets before 27 July will be contacted with options.

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Everything you need to know about Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 'The Phantom of the Opera' in London

From The Phantom of the Opera tickets to all the Andrew Lloyd Webber songs in the musical, find out more about The Phantom of the Opera in the West End.

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The Phantom of the Opera is one of the West End's greatest musicals of all time. Millions of theatregoers have travelled from around the world to visit His Majesty's Theatre and hear the angel of music for themselves.

As the Phantom hides his face, he tries to impress Christine, a beautiful soprano. But when a childhood sweetheart appears on the scenes, the Phantom whisks Christine away to his underground lair and chances of a happily ever after are shattered. Can the Phantom prove himself to Christine? You'll have to watch The Phantom of the Opera . Here's our complete guide to the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical The Phantom of the Opera .

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What is Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera about?

Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera is inspired by Gaston Leroux's 1909 novel of the same name. Whisking audiences away to the lavish and luxurious lifestyle of Parisian opera, we meet a half-masked Phantom who grows obsessed with young soprano, Christine Daae. As he teaches her, so too does Christine's infatuation with the Phantom grow. But, just as the angel of music is in the palm of his hands, Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny, enters the scene.

Challenging the Phantom for her affections, Christine is eventually kept hostage in an underground lair. Forced to live below the Paris Opera House, she eventually goes on to star as the lead role in an opera. But, as she takes her curtain call, an epic disaster brings down the house, quite literally.

She's forever haunted by the Phantom, but can Christine escape a potentially fatal situation? You'll have to watch The Phantom of the Opera at His Majesty's Theatre to find out.

When did Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera premiere?

Early conversations about The Phantom of the Opera started in 1984, when Andrew Lloyd Webber proposed a romantic musical to producer Cameron Mackintosh. Webber knew he wanted to bring the Phantom, Christine, and Raoul to life, but was unsure of how the story could translate to the stage. After watching earlier film adaptations, Webber and Mackintosh decided where their inspiration would come from — the Gaston Leroux novel.

Working with Richard Stilgoe on the book and Charles Hart for the lyrics, Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera was coming to life. Just a year after those first conversations, the world premiere took place at Webber's home in Sydmonton in 1985. The show starred Colm Wilkinson as the Phantom, Sarah Brightman as Kristin (now Christine) and Clive Carter as Raoul. Evidently, first previews went down a storm, as the musical would head to the West End soon after.

The Phantom of the Opera began previews at Her Majesty's Theatre on 27 Sept. 1986, with an official opening night on 9 Oct. 1986. It's rumoured that Webber was so nervous about audience reception that he didn't watch the opening night! The West End production has been staged with the same set ever since, but in 2020, it was announced the show would return with a brand new production of the original design in a refurbished Her Majesty's.

Characters in Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera

Some of musical theatre's beloved characters feature in The Phantom of the Opera . Find out more about the main characters in the musical, as well as supporting roles in the show below.

The Phantom : Born with a facial deformity, he's often hiding himself from others, hence his mask wearing. In the original novel, the Phantom wears a full-face mask, but in order to make his facial expressions easier to see on stage, artistic licence means the mask only covers half his face. His bitter jealousy is apparent when he suddenly appears on stage, duetting alongside his protegee Christine Daae. Even if his way of expressing love isn't conventional, the Phantom does care for others a great deal.

Christine Daae : At just 20 years old, Christine's already formed an impressive career for herself. Chosen to replace Carlotta as the Paris Opera House's primadonna, her heavenly voice and poise means she's an object of affection. Although Christine is a fictional character, it's suggested that she's based on Swedish soprano Christina Nilsson.

Viscount Raoul de Chagny : Raoul was friends with Christine. He's later reunited with her when they're both at Paris Opera House. He'll go to all ends of the earth to ensure her happiness, even if he's taunted by the Phantom.

Other characters in The Phantom of the Opera include Carlotta Giudicelli, Monsieur Gilles Andre, Monsieur Richard Firmin, Richard Giry, Meg Giry, Ubaldo Piangi.

Who stars in The Phantom of the Opera in London?

Jon Robyns plays the Phantom. Find out more about West End actors playing the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera.

Holly-Anne Hull plays Christine Daaé. She previously took on the role for the musical's UK tour, scuppered in 2020 due to the pandemic.

The cast includes Matt Blaker as Raoul, Kelly Glyptis as Carlotta, Matt Harrop as Monsieur Firmin, Adam Linstead as Monsieur André, Greg Castiglioni as Ubaldo Piangi, Francesca Ellis as Madame Giry, Ellie Young as Meg Giry, and Paige Blankson as the alternate Christine Daaé.

The Phantom of the Opera ensemble includes Hollie Aires, Connor Carson, Corina Clark, Edward Court, Michelle Cornelius, Lily De-La-Haye, Hywel Dowsell, Serina Faul, James Gant, Eilish Harmon-Beglan, Emma Harris, Yukina Hasebe, Thomas Holdsworth, Olivia Holland-Rose, Jacob Hughes, Grace Hume, James Hume, Tim Morgan, Michael Robert-Lowe, Eve Shanu-Wilson, Tim Southgate, Anouk Van Laake, Jasmine Wallis, Rafe Watts, Skye Weiss, Simon Whitaker, Lizzie Wofford and Andrew York.

Songs in Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera

Major songs in The Phantom of the Opera include "The Music of the Night" sung by The Phantom as he lures Christine into his underground lair, complete with a wedding dress for her. Raoul and Christine sing "All I Ask of You" to each other lovingly, but the musical's main song is "The Phantom of the Opera" which reached number seven in the UK charts. Here's all the songs in The Phantom of the Opera :

"Hannibal Rehearsal" - Carlotta, Piangi, Reyer, Lefevre, André, Firmin, Madame Giry, Meg, Buquet, Ensemble "Think of Me" - Christine, Raoul "Angel of Music" - The Phantom, Meg, Christine "Little Lotte" - Raoul, Christine "The Mirror/Angel of Music (Reprise)" - The Phantom, Christine, Raoul "The Phantom of the Opera"- Christine, The Phantom "The Music of the Night" - The Phantom "I Remember/Stranger Than You Dreamt It - Christine, The Phantom "Magical Lasso" - Buquet, Madame Giry, Meg "Notes/Prima Donna" - André, Firmin, Raoul, Carlotta, Madame Giry, Meg, Piangi, The Phantom "Poor Fool, He Makes Me Laugh" - Carlotta, Piangi, The Phantom, Ensemble "Why Have You Brought Me Here/Raoul, I've Been There" - Raoul, Christine "All I Ask of You" - Raoul, Christine "All I Ask of You (reprise)" - The Phantom

"Masquerade" - Andre, Firmin, Company "Why So Silent" - The Phantom "Notes/Twisted Every Way" - André, Firmin, Carlotta, Piangi, Raoul, Christine, Madame Giry, The Phantom "Don Juan Triumphant Rehearsal/Phantom of the Opera (Reprise)/Little Lotte (Reprise)" - Christine, Piangi, Reyer, Carlotta, Madame Giry, Ensemble "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again" - Christine "Wandering Child/Bravo, Monsieur..." - The Phantom, Christine, Raoul "Don Juan Triumphant " - Carlotta, Piangi, Christine, Ensemble "The Point of No Return" - The Phantom, Christine "Down Once More/Track Down This Murderer" - The Phantom, Madame Giry, Raoul, Ensemble "Finale" - Christine, The Phantom, Raoul, Ensemble

What awards has Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera won?

The Phantom of the Opera received critical praise after its opening night. In a review from The Guardian, Michael Billington said, "It is refreshing to find a musical that pins its faith in people, narrative and traditional illusion." The Phantom of the Opera has won four Olivier Awards and is currently the second longest-running musical in London. Here's a list of the awards the London and Broadway productions have won:

Olivier Awards

Best New Musical (1986) Best Actor in a Musical - Michael Crawford as The Phantom (1986) Most Popular Show - (2002) Magic Radio Audience Award - (2016)

Tony Awards

Best Musical (1988) Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical - Michael Crawford as The Phantom (1988) Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical - Judy Kaye as Carlotta Giudicelli (1988) Best Direction of a Musical - Harold Prince (1988) Best Scenic Design - Maria Björnson (1988) Best Costume Design - Maria Björnson (1988) Best Lighting Design - Andrew Bridge (1988)

Major productions of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera has been produced in over 28 countries around the world. Here's some of the notable productions worldwide.

Broadway : The Phantom of the Opera began previews on 9 Jan. 1988, officially opening on 26 Jan. 1988. Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman reprised their performances as The Phantom and Christine respectively, and the show won seven Tony Awards including Best New Musical. The Phantom of the Opera closed on Broadway on 16 Apr. 2023. The show played 13,981 times.

Canada : Colm Wilkinson originated the titular role in the Canadian production, which ran for over a decade from 1989.

Hungary : The 2003 production was the first to modify original scenic and costume design, as well as direction.

World Tour : The Phantom of the Opera went on a global tour in 2019, with performances in Manila, Kuala Lumpur and Dubai.

Celebrities who have performed in Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera

In over 30 years in London's West End, many famous faces have taken to Her Majesty's Theatre to perform in The Phantom of the Opera . Here's some of our favourite performers that have starred in the show:

The Phantom : John Owen-Jones has played the role more than anyone else, including a continuous run of nearly 1,400 performances. He also appeared in the 25th anniversary celebrations for the London and New York productions. Ramin Karimloo first played the Phantom in 2006, making such a good impression that he originated "The Phantom" in Love Never Dies.

Christine : Rebecca Caine joined the original Phantom cast as alternate Christine, but when the show premiered in Canada, she played the lead female character. Sierra Boggess first played the role in Las Vegas in 2006, later reprising the role on Broadway and at London's 25th anniversary at the Royal Albert Hall. Boggess also originated the role of Christine in Love Never Dies . Celinde Schoenmaker made her Christine debut in 2015, later starring in the show's 30th anniversary production the following year.

Raoul : Famous faces including Michael Ball and John Barrowman have played Raoul for a small tenure as part of the show's London run. The character has also been played by West End actors including Simon Bowman, Killian Donnelly, and Michael Xavier.

Adaptations of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera

There are countless adaptations of The Phantom of the Opera , but here's some of the adaptations that did well at the box office and beyond.

The first ever adaptation of Gaston Leroux's novel was Das Gespenst im Opernhaus or Das Phantom der Oper in 1916. Although it's important for the history books, the movie is now lost in the ether; people know of its existence because of other references, rather than seeing it for themselves.

An English adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera was released in 2004, starring Gerard Butler as the Phantom and Emmy Rossum as Christine.

Love Never Dies is a musical sequel to Phantom , which received its world premiere at the Adelphi Theatre in 2010.

How long is The Phantom of the Opera ?

The running time of The Phantom of the Opera is 2 hours and 30 minutes. This duration includes one interval.

Which theatre is The Phantom of the Opera playing at in the West End?

The Phantom of the Opera is playing at His Majesty's Theatre in London. The Phantom of the Opera has played at His Majesty's Theatre since 1986.

Fun facts about Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera

For a Webber production, it typically takes two hours of prep time for the phantom's makeup!

The Opera Populaire was inspired by The Opera Garnier in Paris.

Hugh Jackman was considered for the role of the 2004 movie version of The Phantom of the Opera.

The box office revenues are higher than any film or stage play in history, including Titanic, ET, Star Wars , and Avatar .

The Paris Opera House chandelier is made up of 6,000 beads consisting of 35 beads to each string. It is 3 metres wide and weighs one ton.

The Phantom's make-up takes 2 hours to put on and 30 minutes to take off.

Each performance has 230 costumes, 14 dressers, 120 automated cues, 22 scene changes, 281 candles and uses 250 kg of dry ice and 10 fog and smoke machines.

Where can I buy tickets for The Phantom of the Opera in London?

Buy The Phantom of the Opera London tickets on London Theatre. The Phantom of the Opera at His Majesty's Theatre is one of the West End's most popular shows. Book your tickets now to avoid missing out on a stellar production.

Photo credit: (Courtesy of The Phantom of the Opera)

Originally published on Jan 25, 2022 20:00

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The Phantom of the Opera

Michael Crawford

in the role of

The Phantom

The Phantom of the Opera is Michael Crawford’s fourth major West End musical, after Barnum, Billy and Flowers for Algernon .

Michael Crawford was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire and began his professional career as a boy soprano in Benjamin Britten’s Let’s Make An Opera . There followed television and some 500 radio broadcasts and he was hailed in the 60s for his portrayal of ‘Byron’ in the popular television programme Not So Much A Programme, More A Way Of Life. This was followed by playing Colin in The Knack which won the Best Film Award at the 1965 Cannes Film Festival. On his return to England from filming A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum , he was greeted with the Variety Club’s Award for the ‘Most Promising Actor’ for that year for Not So Much A Programme and as ‘Best Newcomer’ for his performance in The Knack in the Film Academy Awards. This was followed by more television work and the films The Jokers co-starring with Oliver Reed and Harry Andrews, How I Won The War with John Lennon, The Games, Hello And Goodbye , and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (as the White Rabbit).

He first appeared on Broadway in 1967 with Black Comedy for which he won the Theatre Award for the ‘Most Out- standing Performance’ of that year. It was during this run that Gene Kelly chose him to co-star with Barbra Streisand and Walter Matthau in Hello Dolly! His return to the British stage in No Sex Please, We’re British was followed by the BBC’S most popular television series, Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em.

During this same year, 1974, the TV Times readers voted Michael ‘Funniest Man on Television’, the Sun newspaper The Television Actor of the Year’; he was also awarded the Silver Rat Award as ‘Showbusiness Personality of the Year’ by the Water Rats and the Silver Heart by the Variety Club for his performance in Billy. In 1978 he played in Same Time Next Year at the Prince of Wales Theatre, followed by a new series of Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em for which he received the funniest Man on Television’ award for 1978 from the BBC. He appeared in the opening plays of the 1978 Play For Today season in a double bill, Private View and Audience , followed by the hit comedy series Chalk and Cheese for Thames Television.

He went to Hollywood last year to play a star ‘ role in Walt Disney’s Condorman.  

For Barnum at the London Palladium he received the Society of West End Theatre Award as ‘Best Actor in a Musical’.

Sarah Brightman

Christine daaé.

Sarah Brightman was born in 1960. Her   theatrical debut was at the age of thirteen in I and Albert at the Piccadilly Theatre. Subsequently she joined Hot Gossip, steering them to the top of the charts with her record “I Lost My Heart To A Starship Trooper”.  In 1981 she played in Cats as a member of the original cast. In 1982 she premiered Charles Strouse’s opera for children Nightingale at the Buxton Festival. She repeated the role of Nightingale in London at the  Lyric Hammersmith. Subsequently she appeared in The Pirates of Penzance at Drury Lane and performed Song and Dance for BBC-TV. In 1985 she premiered Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Requiem in New York and London for which she was cited as ‘Best New Classical Artist’ in the Grammy Awards; played the role of Valencienne in The Merry Widow for the New Sadler’s Wells Opera, and performed a tribute to Jessie Mathews in the 1985 Royal Variety Performance.

In May 1986 she premiered Kenneth Macmillan’s choreographed version of Requiem for the American Ballet at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York.

She has just completed a recording of folk songs by Benjamin Britten for the HMV Angel label.

Steve Barton

Raoul, vicomte de chagny.

A native Arkansan but ‘naturalized’ Texan at heart, Steve Barton started his theatrical career at the age of 14 playing the role of Barnaby Tucker in a community theatre production of Hello Dolly! As a multi- scholarship recipient of The University of Texas at Austin Department of Drama,   where he studied with such notables as R. Iden Payne, Igor Youskevitch, and Francis Hodge, he appeared in over thirty productions in roles such as the Bastard in King John, Prince Henri de Conde in The Devils , Nick in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?  Leading Man in Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream , and MacHeath in The Threepenny Opera,  among others.

A leading member of Ballet Austin for three seasons, he created roles in Eugene Slavin’s Shadowland , dancing opposite his soon-to-become wife, Denny Berry, Helios, Cherkeska, Youskevitch’s La Fille Mal Gardee,  and Classical Symphony. Engaged as a soloist at Stadttheater St. Gallen, Switzerland where he later served as Assistant de Ballettmeisters, he choreographed productions such as Der Goldene Hahn and Die Drei Musketiere , and danced leading roles in Ronald Ashton’s Harlekin, Streifzuege, and Beethoven Concerto.

At Stadttheater Bern, under the direction of Wolfgang Zoener, he was seen as Gabey in On The Town ,  Riff in West Side Story, Jesus in Godspell , Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet, and E1 Gallo in The Fantasticks. As a visiting guest artist, he played Curly in Oklahoma for William Hammerstein in Berlin, Riff in West Side Story for the Bregenzer Festspiele and the Volksoper Wien, Peter and Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar for Theater an der Wien in Vienna, and Magaldi in the Harold Prince production of Evita at the Deutsches Theater in Munich.

He has directed and choreographed Guys and Dolls for the Hildesheimer Stadttheater, and choreographed West Side Story for the Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern and the ballet Zergliederung Einer Frau for the Stadttheater Bern. He has been seen in the European Premiere productions of Camelot playing Lancelot at the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, La Cage Aux Folles , playing Munkustrap in Cats and serving as Dance Captain for Gillian Lynne at Theater an der Wien in Vienna. For Helmut Baumann and Juerg Burth at Theater des Westens Berlin he appeared in their productions of Guys and Dolls, Jesus Christ Superstar the Kurt Weill Revue , and most recently, Company . Numerous television appearances include Die Verflixte Sieben with Rudi Carrell, Der Grosse Preis and Mein Haus with Angelika Milster for West   Deutscher Rundfunk. For Polydor he has recorded the Original German Cast Album of Cats and the titles Alles,  Ich Will Heut’ Nacht and We’ve Got Tonight with Angelika Milster.

The Phantom of the Opera marks Steve Barton’s West End debut.

John Savident

Monsieur firmin.

John Savident’s work in the theatre includes seasons at Liverpool, Manchester, Edinburgh Festival, Bristol, Birmingham and Chichester.

He appeared in the British premiere of Sweet Bird Of Youth. His many roles include Shylock in The Merchant Of Venice (Far East tour), The Government Inspector (Sheffield Crucible), Clifford William’s production of She Stoops To Conquer (tour), The Card (Queens), The Portage To San Cristobal of A.P.H. (Mermaid), See How They Run (tour), and The Beggars Opera (tour).

For Prospect at The Old Vic:- Ivanov, The Lady’s Not For Burning, Twelfth Night, The Trial Of Queen Caroline.

For The National Theatre at The Old Vic:- Trelawney Of The Wells, Royal Hunt Of The Sun, Armstrong’s Last Goodnight.

National Theatre on the South Bank: – The Beggar’s Opera, Jean Seberg, Saint Joan, Mandragola, Animal Farm, A Little Hotel On The Side, Coriolanus, Mrs. Warren’s Profession and his one-man show Jerome K. Jerome . He appeared at Windsor Castle, before Her Majesty the Queen, in a special performance of the Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice musical Cricket .

T.V. appearances includes:- The Professionals, Two’s Company, The Chinese Detective, Clapperclaw, Woodhouse Playhouse, Blake’s Seven, Juliet Bravo, Moving Pictures, The Various Ends of Mrs. F.’s Friends, The Mystery Of The Missing Schoolgirls, Yes, Minister, The Cleopatras, Jane In The Desert, This Office Life, The Bill, Stranger Than Fiction, Fresh Fields, Never The Twain, Chance ln A Million, David Copperfield, Pyrates and The Marlowe Inquest.

Films include:- Clockwork Orange, Before Winter Comes, Trial By Combat, The Wicked Lady and Little Dorrit.

He collects theatrical memorabilia.

David Firth

Monsieur andré.

David Firth read English at Sussex University and studied singing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He started his professional career with the RSC and spent three seasons with them playing in Stratford, London, the USA and Europe. In 1970 in his first musical 1776 at the Albery Theatre he was nominated Most Promising Actor in the Plays and Players Awards of that year for his performance as the Courier. This was followed by spells of rep in Leicester and Coventry, where amongst other roles he played Orlando and Mercutio.

He joined the National Theatre in 1973 and parts there included Yasha in Michael Blakemore’s production of The Cherry Orchard and Lucio in Measure For Measure , directed by Jonathan Miller. A year at the Queens Theatre followed playing Attilio in Zefferelli’s production of Saturday Sunday Monday . After the Trevor Griffiths play AIl Good Men at the Young Vic, he was in the Jonathan Miller Shakespeare season at Greenwich, playing Parolles in Alls Well and repeating his Lucio in Measure . He has twice played Nicholas Nickleby in the Sherrill/Brahms Nickleby and Me at Stratford East and Chichester and spent a year in Side By Side By Sondheim at the Wyndhams and The Garrick.

Other musicals have included , Gigi at Leicester Haymarket Wonderland at the Kings Head and the revues Happy as a Sandbag (Leicester) and Betjemania which played for a season in New York. He spent a season with the Old Vic Company playing in the double bill Padlock and Miss In Her Teens and played Tasman in the Charles Marowitz version of Hedda Gabler at The Roundhouse.

Other West End appearances have been in The Chairman at the Globe in 1976 and the Jonathan Miller Hamlet at the Warehouse and The Piccadilly in 1982. In 1983 he twice appeared at the Adelphi: as Arthur Miller in Marilyn and Jack idle in Poppy . His next West End appearance was as Algy in the benignly disastrous musical version of The Importance Of Being Ernest which made a brief visit to the Ambassadors Theatre.

He has recently appeared in both of the highly successful adaptations of Gilbert and Sullivan by Ned Sherrin and Alistair Beaton on the South Bank; The Ratepayers Iolanthe transferring for a season to the Phoenix Theatre.

He has made numerous television appearances in productions as diverse as Troilus and Cressida to Yes Minster. He is currently to be seen in the LWT series Drummonds . He also writes for Television, but last year completed his first stage musical, with John Owen Edwards, Canary Blunt which played two successful seasons at the Latchmore Theatre, with an album shortly to be released on TEM records.

Rosemary Ashe

Carlotta guidicelli.

Rosemary studied at The Royal Academy of Music and the London Opera Centre. She appeared in Pantomime at The Player’s Theatre and in the London production of The Magic Flute . She sang the role of Marie Regnault in Taverner’s Thevese at Covent Garden and played Despina in Cosi Fan Tutte for Sir Geraint Evans’ Masterclass on BBC TV 2. She played Cunegonde in Bernstein’s Candide at the 1981 Edinburgh Festival and then at The Birmingham Repertory Theatre. This was followed by Nickleby And Me at The Chichester Festival Theatre and Side By Side By Sondheim at the Manchester Library Theatre. She went back to New York to sing in the English musical Pudding Lane . She toured Wales singing for the Welsh National Opera in Dear Ivor, a show about the life and works of Ivor Novello. She played Janet in The Rocky Horror Show at The Nottingham Playhouse and returned there to play Maria in West Side Story .

On BBC 2 she appeared in Jonathan Miller’s production of The Beggar’s Opera and is a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio’s Friday Night Is Music Night, Among Your Souvenirs, Melodies For You and others. At The Wexford Festival she played Marionetta in Wolf-Ferrari’s opera The Cunning Widow . At the Theatre Royal, Nottingham she appeared in The Gondoliers and played Hortense in The Boyfriend at Bromley followed by Manchester, Toronto, The Old Vic and Albery Theatre in the West End. In 1985 she appeared in Arabella and Akhnaton at The Coliseum, London.

In the Autumn of 1985 she played Despina in Cosi Fan Tutte for BBC TV directed again by Jonathan Miller and Princess Yum-Yum in The Metropolitan Mikado for Ned Sherrin at The Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank. She recently played Nell Gwynne in a Channel 4 film, starring Timothy West as the diarist John Evlyn.

Mary Millar

Madame giry.

Mary Millar made her West End debut at Her Majesty’s Theatre as Chlorus in Lock Up Your Daughters , which transferred from The Mermaid Theatre. Her career which commenced at the age of 14 singing operator arias in Variety, has covered everything from Musical Comedy, Revue, Restoration Comedy, Drama and Farce as well as appearing on Broadway in Camelot.

Her many West End Credits also include Popkiss, Pal Joey, All In Love, Ann Veronica (the title role) and Small And Brassy . Other credits include The Importance 0f Being Ernest , The Real Inspectorhound, Black Comedy, Dearest Dracula, Spiders Webb, Bless The Bride, Virtue In Danger and Mating Game . Her many television shows include Iolanthe, The Mikado, Rookery Nook and the Dick Emery and the Stanley Baxter Shows.

Mary appeared as Sally in the highly praised European Premier of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies at The Library Theatre, Manchester, followed by Hans Anderson as Jenny Lind and has also toured Israel in the Warehouse production How Lucky Can You Get . She recently scored a personal success as Anna in The King And I at Ipswich.

Mary is married to Theatre Photographer Rafael and has a daughter, Lucy.

Ubaldo Piangi

John Aron began his professional career as a singer and dancer on Australian Television. He then joined the Australian Opera to play Alfredo in Die Fledermaus and remained with the company for five years, during which time he sang more than twenty roles.

On arriving in the United Kingdom he worked with Scottish Opera and then toured in Three lvor Novello revivals: Glamorous Night, Perchance To Dream and Kings Rhapsody . Other musicals include Waltz Dream, Pickwick and The King And I . In the West End John has appeared in Cole, Thomas And The King (at Her Majesty’s), Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Call Me Madam . He created the role of Pirelli in Hal Prince’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd at Drury Lane and was most recently seen in Gigi at the Lyric. John is still very much in demand in his native Australia and has just returned from there where he appeared in productions of Carmen and La Belle Helene with the Queensland Lyric Opera.

Paul Arden Griffith

Monsieur reyer.

Paul Arden-Griffith was born in Stockport, Cheshire and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music where he gained graduate diplomas in singing and pianoforte and won the Gwilym Gwallchmai Jones Scholarship for singing.

He also trained as a dancer, and his critically acclaimed London debut at the Sadler’s Wells Theatre presented him in the acrobatic acting role of Puck in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the singing role of Sellem in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress in the same season.

This rare combination of talents has blossomed into a career which embraces every aspect of music-theatre. In opera, operetta and musicals Paul has sung more than fifty principal tenor roles with many of Britain’s major companies including English National Opera and The Royal Opera, Covent Garden, and in arts festivals throughout Europe. He has sailed around the world four times on board P&O’s luxury cruise liners, starring in cabaret, classical concerts and production shows, many of which he directs and choreographs, and on the international concert platform Paul has enjoyed considerable acclaim for solo concerts in Singapore, Hong Kong, Sydney and London.

Barry Clark

Operatic work includes ‘Don Ottavio’ in Don Giovanna and ‘Pinkerton’ in Madame Butterfly for Scottish Opera Go Round. ‘Don Jose’ in Carmen for Opera East and ‘Fenton’ in Falstaff , with Giuseppe Taddei.

Last year appeared in the national tour of Perchance to Dream as ‘Ned Failsham’ opposite Simon Ward, and early this year sang ‘Camille’ in The Merry Widow with Sally Ann Howes.

Extensive concert work in 1986 at the Brighton and Buxton Festivals, plus regular appearances with the London Savoyards and The English Heritage Singers. Other operatic roles include ‘Lionel’, Martha , ‘Harlequin’ Pagliacci , and the Mozart repertoire.

David DeVan

David was born in Glasgow and was educated in Watford. He then went to study at the Royal College of Music where he won several prizes and awards. After leaving college David toured extensively including Holland and Switzerland where he was a member of the Zurich Opera Factory.

Upon returning to England David joined The New Sadler’s Wells Opera appearing in Count Of Luxembourg and Grand Duchess Of Gerolstein . David has appeared in a number of musicals including Perchance To Dream at the Northcott Theatre, Exeter and The Dancing Years at The Wolsey Theatre, lpswich.

David’s recent West End appearances include Look to The Rainbow at the Apollo Theatre and Gigi at the Lyric Theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue. He has also provided off- stage vocals for both Cats and Starlight Express . He is very much in demand as a concert performer and has appeared with the Melachrino Strings and Orchestra as their guest soloist on a number of occasions.

Janet Devenish

Janet trained at Bush Davies School where she obtained Gold Medallist LAMDA Drama Award and Hons. Advanced tap which stood her in good stead for the engagement she had before joining Phantom of the Opera which was 42nd Street at Drury Lane. She also has played Ann in Half a Sixpence and appeared in many ballets with the Genee Ballet Co, including Gretel in Hansel and Gretel . Janet appeared in the Nik Kershaw video Dancing Girls and A Proper Little Nooryeff (Dewdrop) for Central Television.

David Jackson

Monsieur lefèvre.

David Jackson was born in Liverpool and trained at Lamda. He began his career at The Old Vic and was in rep, at Ipswich, Farnham, Chesterfield, Liverpool and Manchester.

David’s first West End appearance was as P.C. Nash in Sound of Murder at the Aldwych. Recently he has played Lazat Wolf in Fiddler on the Roof at the Apollo, Victoria, David Jackson has appeared in numerous television shows and might be best known as D.C. Braithwaite in Z Cars or as Gan in Blake’s 7 . David’s favourite film role was Danny Moran in Breakout .

Janos Kurucz

Joseph buquet.

Janos Kurucz was born in Hungary. He has pursued a career of acting, combined with appearances in opera, and for the last three years he has been singing Russian Church Music in Switzerland and Germany. In films and television he has specialised in Russian, German and East European parts, in such productions as Billion Dollar Brain, Top Secret, The Invisible Man, We Never Make Mistakes, After The Party, Crime And Punishment, Blockhouse, Diamonds Are Forever, Catch Me A Spy, Fabian, Z Cars, Count Of Monte Cristo, Me And My Girl, The Reds.

Musicals include the West End production of Cabaret and The House Of Cards . He has sung at Covent Garden, and spent some years with a group singing Russian ballads. gypsy music and street songs, with accompaniment on the Balalaika, at concerts and cabarets around the world.

James Patterson

Don attilio/passarino.

James Paterson has a B.A. in Textile Design and taught An before joining Scottish Opera in 1974. His roles for Scottish Opera include Papageno, Beckmesser, Ping, The Count in Cappriccio , Demetrius, Starveling, Tarquinius, Benoit and Alcindoro, Fiorello, Cascada, Motel and Zoltan Karpathy.

He designed The Marriage Of Figaro for Perth Festival ’86, has directed excerpts of Don Giovanni and Don Pasquale for the RSAMD Opera Course and played Leporelio for Opera ’80 in the 1985/86 tour.

Peter Bishop

Slave master.

Phantom of the Opera is Peter’s second West End musical (the first, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers ) having been in Australia for the last 28 years.

His nine year theatrical career has encompassed most forms of musical variety; including the role of Will Parker in Oklahoma ; Rolf in The Sound of Music ; a lead dancer in Evita and lead dancer and dance captain in Fiddler on the Roof . Peter has also sung and danced with the Australian Opera in productions such as The Merry Widows, Adriana Lecouvreur, Traviata, Aida, Ba-Ta-Clan, Trial by Jury, Rhinegold and Lucia De Lammermoor . He has also worked with the Sydney Dance Company and appeared many times on Australian television.

Since his arrival in this country in February 1986, Peter has made two pop videos (Bonnie Tyler and Art of Noise), appeared on the Terry Wogan Show as an Anthony van Laast dancer, and on 3-2-1 as a soloist singer and dancer. Having a Scottish mum, Peter hopes to make England his home for a good while to come!

Justin Church

Flunky/stagehand.

Born in Wales in 1960 where he trained as a dancer with Joyce Marriott. At 15 he furthered his training at the Royal Ballet School before joining Northern Ballet for a year. He then joined London City Ballet and danced as a Principal for four years, touring around Britain, Europe and Scandinavia. He recently performed with the English National Opera and in the 1985 production of Jumpers.

Mostyn Evans

Born in Resolven, South Wales and brought up on a farm, Mostyn Evans comes from a musical family. He won four scholarships to the Guildhall School of Music and studied music and drama in general for four years, winning all of the major tenor prizes. His experience in show business covers a very wide field from opera, in which he has sung many major roles, to straight plays.

He has appeared in musicals such as My Fair Lady at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, Guys And Dolls in which he played Nicely Nicely Johnson, Treasure Island, Barmitzvah Boy , the big shows in Blackpool and three shows at the London Palladium. He has appeared in two Royal Command performances and has recently completed a successful run as Mr Bumble in Oliver! at the Albery Theatre, London. His numerous television appearances include Dr Who, Man About The House, Mother Makes Five and in a more serious vein The Rowse Murder Trials, Suez and the Crown Court series in Welsh for HTV.

Susan Flannery

Susan Flannery was born in Australia and obtained her B.A. (Mus) from the Canberra School of Music. Before coming to Britain she gave several broadcast recitals for the ABC and worked extensively in the field of contemporary music as well as making numerous concert and oratorio appearances.

In 1977 she commenced studies at the London Opera Centre under Otakar Kraus and made her debut as Maurya in Rulers To The Sea . She has subsequently appeared on the concert and operatic platforms in Holland, Germany, Belgium and Italy as well as in Britain.

Her recent roles have included Lucretia in The Rape Of Lucretia , Charlotte in Werther , the Composer in Ariadne Auf Naxos , Ameris in Aida and Carmen .

Susan’s work in musicals includes A Little Night Music and Company and in the West End her credits include On The Twentieth Century at Her Majesty’s and Oklahoma! at the Palace Theatre.

Susan has also provided off-stage vocals for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, Cats at the New London Theatre.

Andrew Golder

Porter/fireman.

Andrew Golder was born in Devon and studied at the Royal College of Music with Redvers Llewellyn, Alisdair Grahame and Gordon Stewart. He won an Edward Heath Scholarship in 1978 for further study. His performances included Carmina Burana by Carl Orff and Britten’s War Requiem . He was selected for Master Classes with Dame Janet Baker and with Sir Geraint Evans. At the very beginning of his professional career he sang the Five Mysticasl Songs by Vaughan Williams, at St. John’s, Smith Square, and created the role of David in the world premiere of Alan Detweiler’s opera King Saul . Andrew was the baritone soloist for Ballet Rambert on their 1979 tour of The Tempest, music by Ame Nordheim, choreographed by Glen Tetley, and has worked in the UK and abroad with the English Bach Festival and the Ambrosian Singers. He has performed a varied repertoire of oratorio with major choral societies.

Andrew Golder’s versatility is displayed through his extensive work in London’s West End, where he has performed roles in Sonclheim’s Sweeney Todd and Joseph Papp’s Pirates of Penzance , both at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. He records in the studio for television, radio and film sound and with Sudden Singers, his vocal ensemble, makes radio commercials. He has been invited to Scandinavia to record a programme of Sondheim songs for radio. Recently there has been a period of study of operatic roles at the Royal Opera House with Raimund Herincx.

Recent appearances have been at Chichester and Petworth Festivals and a Purcell Room recital in January 1986 re- viewed favourably in The Times. Andrew Golder particularly   enjoys English Song and contemporary scores to which he is well suited with his high-ranging baritone. Future engagements include a Wigmore Hall recital in 1987/8.

Janet Howd began her career in opera singing for the Northern Sinfonia’s Opera ln Miniature series and has since sung roles as diverse as Constanza in Mozart’s II Seraglo ; Fiordiligi in Cosi Fan Tutte ; The Governess in Britten’s The Turn Of The Screw ;  Erisbe in Cavalli’s L’Ormundo ;  and Betsy in Kurt Weil’s Das Kleine Mahoganny .

For South West Music Theatre she created the role of The Countess in the Causley/McNeff ballad-opera Aucassin And Nicolette on tour at The King’s Head and for Radio 4.  Janet is often heard in drama on Radio 4 and recently devised and recorded Love’s Old Sweet Song , a series on the Edwardian ballad.  Janet has performed in repertory theatre productions around the country receiving critical acclaim for her role as Grassini, Napoleon’s favourite chanteuse, in The Northcott Theatre production of The Dynasts by Thomas Hardy. For Nottingham Playhouse she has performed as Mrs Anderssen in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music ; Mary Ellis in Deav Ivor ;  and a very unusual Inez in The Gondoliers.

She has recently recorded The Pleasure Gardens Of England for the Cornel Music Group and as an accomplished recitalist often delights audiences with her dramatised programme From Gluck To Gersh win and her programmes of Lieder in translation – the translations used being her own. Last year Janet founded The International Symposium of Concert Song and hopes to be able to find time and resources to repeat this successful venture in 1988.

Peggy Ann Jones

Wardrobe mistress.

Peggy spent many years as Principal Mezzo with the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company,  singing the roles of Iolanthe, PittiSing, Phoebe. Tess, Mad Margaret, Lady Angels. etc., in the Gilbert & Sullivan operas, playing all over Britain and Denmark and six tours of America and Canada.

Television credits include guest artiste on the Mantovani Show Of The Week,   roles in The Sweeney, Mitch, Hazel, Bless Me Father several episodes of Grange Hill. TV plays include Aubrey Beardsley, Billy .

Films include No Longer Alone, The Mikado, Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother . Roles in West End musicals in Dad’s Army, Evita, Liza of Lambeth ,    The Point by Harry Nilsson, Beethoven’s Tenth with Peter Ustinov, and Oliver ! in lpswich. Peggy has made many training films, and over 30 television commercials for this country, and several Holland, for anything from cat food to kitchen carpets.   Peggy lives in a 300 year old cottage in Hertfordshire, with husband Roy, two dogs, and an aviary containing 100 birds (at the last count).

Maria Kesselman

Trained at Arts Educational during which time she appeared with the Festival Ballet in the Nutcracker and later danced at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and at the Aldeburgh Festival in Benjamin Britten’s Death in Venice . She studied singing at the Guildhall School of Music with Marret Lensky and then at the Royal College of Music with Marion Studholme where she obtained her diploma in singing and singing-teaching and was also awarded several prizes.

Patricia Richards

Madame firmin.

Patricia Richards was born in Cleveland Ohio. She began studying the piano at age six. She received her Bachelor of Music from the College of Wooster in Ohio. For some reason she then worked as a systems analyst for Ohio Bell Telephone. After Ma Bell came two years as an announcer and producer for WCLV-FM (Cleveland) a sort of American version of Radio 3 with commercials, of course. She then went back to making music, rather than ‘playing it’. and studies for her Master’s degree at Castman School of Music in Rochester, New York during which time she won the Metropolitan Opera District Auditions. In 1974 came a Francis Toye Scholarship to study at the Opera School at the Royal College of Music. She joined Glyndebourne Festival Opera as a chorister and understudy in 1976. After three seasons there, interspersed with various recitals and concerts the muse abandoned her for a while and she became personal secretary to an international tax consultant who liked music enough to overlook a less than thorough grounding in shorthand.

A chance meeting with the captain at a cricket match on Ham Common led to marriage and children. In 1985 Patty took up nowhere near she left off and joined the company of David Merrick’s 42nd Street at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.

Her hobbies are cartooning and working towards a handicap in golf (a ridiculous game she swore she’d never play).

Jill Washington

Innkeeper’s wife.

Jill Washington studied at the Royal Academy of Music. On leaving the Academy Jill joined the D’Oyly Carte and sang the roles of Yum-Yum, Mabel and Rose Maybud from the Gilbert and Sullivan repertoire. ln 1983 after studying at the National Opera Studio Jill joined Glyndebourne Festival Opera returning for the 1984 Festival. Other engagements have included Gretel in Hansel and Gretel for Dublin Grand Opera and the Bloomsbury Theatre, Angele in The Count of Luxembourg for New Sadler’s Wells Opera,  Lauretta in Lecoq’s Dr. Miracle at the Camden Festival and the girl in The Emperor of Atlantis at the Imperial War Museum. During the 1985/6 season Jill has sung in productions of The Mikado at the Jerusalem Festival, Novello: A Chance To Dream for Welsh National Opera on tour and Orpheus in the Underworld at Chichester. Television appearances include the highly successful Top C’s and Tiaras for Channel Four.

Sally Ashfield

The ballet chorus of the opera populaire.

Born in Leicester and began studying ballet at 12 years of age, Trained at the Rambert School then joined Emma Dance Company, Leicestershire, directed by Gideon Avrahami. In 1981, began working with Spiral, a company based in Liverpool, Toured around Merseyside with pieces by Robert North, Janet Smith and Jane Dudley. A year later she returned to London to join Vienna Festival Ballet for their tour of Nutcracker . After the tour, was invited by Vyvyanne Lorrayne to join her company Ballet lmperiale. Toured America with Paquita, Giselle and Scottish Dances. Also danced in Vyvyanne Lorrayne and Pasi Niemenen’s production of Sleeping Beauty, touring Europe also with Nutcracker and Swan Lake. In April 1985, went to dance with Bat Dor Dance Company in Tel Aviv. Israel. During the winter of 1985, returned to V.F.B. to dance Odette/Odile in Swan Lake for their European tour.

Lynn Jezzard

Lynn Jezzard was born in Ramsgate, Kent and trained at the Arts Educational Schools, Tring and London. She started her professional career in Ballet International, then moving to the Northern Ballet Theatre as a Principal Dancer where she danced many of the leading classical roles including Giselle and Swanhilda in Copelia , also creating the role of Alice in Alice ln Wonderland . Her television appearances include A Chance To Sit Down for BBC television and the major series Bluebell also for the BBC. This is Lynn’s first West End appearance.

Nicola Keen

Nicola, born 1962 in Kent, started ballet classes at the age of three and trained professionally for two years at the Rambert School of Ballet immediately followed by three years as soloist with the Royal Ballet de Wallonie in Belgium where she performed various roles in many classical ballets such as Les Sylphides and Coppelia .  On returning to London she has appeared in several videos and television programmes including ITV’s recent production of Fire and Ice with Torville and Dean. Last year she also appeared in On Your Toes at the Palace Theatre.

Patricia Merrin

Patricia was born in London and at the age of 16 was principal dancer with the Glyndebourne Opera, after which she appeared as Fairy Godmother at the London Palladium. She then joined the Royal Danish Ballet for two years returning to become a member of London Festival Ballet as a senior soloist and then transferring to The Scottish Ballet as a senior principal. Patricia has danced most of the leading roles in the classical repertoire including Odette/Odile in Swan Lake and the title role in Giselle. She made the transition into commercial theatre as the Ballet Leader in the musical On Your Toes where she also understudied Natalie Makarova in the leading role.

Naomi Tate, (nee Sorkin), one of America’s leading classical and dramatic dancers, began her career at the age of fourteen. Her father, Leonard Sorkin, the distinguished violinist, was the creator of the Chicago-based Fine Arts String Quartet.

Still in her early teens she was invited to join The American Ballet Theatre, distinguishing herself as one of their leading soloists, performing worldwide. Naomi left the American Ballet Theatre to star in The Eliot Feld Ballet. She has performed her own solo concert in Chicago. New York, London and Munich. She danced in the debut season of the New World Ballet receiving critical acclaim in the American premiere of Lyn Seymour’s Rashomom . Naomi’s collaboration with Lyn Seymour led her to recommend Naomi to Lindsay Kemp. Subsequently she created the role of Ballerina for Naomi in his Nijinsky, which toured Italy and was performed at Sadler’s Wells. Following these performances, Naomi starred in Joseph Papp’s production Swan Lake Minnesota which premiered at the National Film Theatre in 1986. Naomi recently made her acting debut in the American play Never Never Land in London. She is married to English actor Peter Tate.

Born in Tunbridge Wells where she started dancing at an early age with Dorothy Comber. At the age of 10 she went away to Elmhurst Ballet School where she trained for six years and at 15 was awarded the Adelaide Genee silver medal. Danced with the National Ballet of Portugal for one year before joining the London City Ballet where she has danced as a soloist for six years. touring around Britain, Europe and Scandinavia.

Dinah Jones

Ballet swing.

Dinah Jones trained at the Arts Educational School prior to joining the Ballet International company. When the company disbanded a year later she went to the Scottish Opera to dance in The Seraglio and The Bartered Bride, and to tour Scotland in a dance educational programme. Returning to London she appeared in several other operas at the Royal Opera House before joining London City Ballet. Extending her career into the musical theatre she began with a tour and West End season of Oklahoma ! when she played the role of The Child. Since then she has worked in a variety of TV and films including ‘Allo, ‘Allo, Illusions and The Magic of Dance. Last year she was in the hit musical On Your Toes.

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 1 Introduction - Orchestra

 2 Welcome Sir, I'm So Delighted - Richard Tate, Gary Lyons, Michael McLean, Haluk Bilginer, Reginald Marsh, Steven Pacey & Kate Harbour

 3 Accursed All Base Pursuit of Earthly Pleasure - Michael McLean

 4 How Dare She - Steven Pacey

 5 Late Last Night I'm In the Cellars - Richard Tate

 6 Love Has Gone, Never Returning - Christina Collier

 7 While Floating High Above - Peter Straker

 8 She Says She's Got the Nodules - Michael McLean, Tracy Gillman, Reginald Marsh, Gary Lyons, Kate Harbour, Richard Tate, & Christina Collier

 9 What Do I See? - Christina Collier

 10 To Pain My Heart Selfishly Dooms Me - Peter Straker, Steven Pacey & Christina Collier

 11 Entr'acte - Orchestra

 12 Ah, Do I Hear My Lover's Voice? - Michael McLean & Christina Collier

 13 No Sign, I See No Sign! - Richard Tate, Reginald Marsh, Steven Pacey, Gary Lyons, Tracy Gillman, Michael McLean, Kate Harbour & Toni Palmer

 14 The Lake - Ken Hill Studio Cast

 15 Somewhere Above the Sun Shines Bright - Christina Collier

 16 Born With a Monstrous Countenance - Haluk Bilginer

 17 A Sharp Whipping - Steven Pacey & Haluk Bilginer

 18 What An Awful Way To Perish - Michael McLean, Haluk Bilginer,Toni Palmer, Reginald Marsh, Kate Harbour & Steven Pacey

 19 Ne'er Forsake Me, Here Remain - Peter Straker

 20 Ne'er Forsake Me, Here Remain (Reprise) - Peter Straker & Christina Collier

 21 He Will Not Go Without a Friend - Company

 22 Play Out - Orchestra

 23 While Floating High Above (Reprise) - Ken Hill Studio Cast

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Top 10 Actors Playing the Phantom

With hundreds of actors, including understudies, playing the lead role of the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera in its many productions around the world, it is a hard task to choose the top ten talented men who have stepped behind the mask to portray the enigmatic musical genius. We undertook this difficult task, however, and we now welcome you to enter our labyrinth and review our list of Top Ten Phantoms.

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10. Anthony Crivello

Anthony Crivello originated the Las Vegas production of The Phantom of the Opera , and is tenth on our list. Originally appearing in the role alongside Brent Barrett, alternating the lead. For a while Crivello was the sole actor playing the Phantom in Vegas. Sadly, the Las Vegas production of The Phantom of the Opera closed its doors in 2012, with Crivello giving the final performance.

9. Anthony Warlow

Ninth on our list is the original Phantom in the Australian production of the musical, which opened in 1990. Anthony Warlow played the role on and off until 2009, as he reprised his role in 2007 at the Melbourne Princess Theatre when The Phantom of the Opera reopened. Warlow also played the part on the two-year tour of the show which visited Brisbane, Sydney, Perth and Adelaide, as well as New Zealand. He appeared as a guest at the 25 th Anniversary Concert of The Phantom of the Opera in October 2011 at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

8. Simon Bowman

Simon Bowman shot to recognition after appearing in the hit musical Miss Saigon , and then went on to play the part of Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera. Later, he was chosen in the leading role and performed at the 25 th Anniversary celebrations of the show in December 2011 in Manchester.

7. Killian Donnelly

The most recent Phantom on our list, Killian, like several of his forebearers, first played the role of Raoul in the West End production, joining the cast in 2011. In 2020 he played the Phantom on the UK tour. In December of that year it was announced that he would take over the role in the West End production when Her Majesty’s Theatre reopened in 2021 after closing due to the Coronavirus pandemic. As of writing in December 2021, Donnelly is still London’s Phantom, haunting sell-out crowds in the newly revamped West End production. His performance is one not to miss, so book your tickets here.

6. Earl Carpenter

Earl Carpenter played the Phantom at Her Majesty’s until 17 th March 2012 and continued in the role on the UK tour of the show. Earl first played the role from 2005 until 2007 and reprised the part in December 2011 for a short run of four months. He was also part of the 25 th Anniversary celebrations at the Royal Variety Performance at The Lowry in Manchester, singing the title song of The Phantom of the Opera alongside three other former Phantoms and Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger.

5. Peter Karrie

Having played the role of the Phantom in London, Hong Kong, Singapore, Vancouver and Toronto, as well as on the UK tour in cities such as Manchester, Peter Karrie is a veteran when it comes to portraying the character. Loved by Phantom ‘Phans’, he was twice voted in 1994 and 1995 as the favourite Phantom by members of The Phantom of the Opera Appreciation Society.

 4. John Owen-Jones

Fourth in our list is John-Owen Jones, who was chosen to play the Phantom in the West End in 2001. Jones is special in that he has performed in the role for longer than any other London Phantom, as he left after nearly four years and 1,400 performances. As part of the 25 th Anniversary celebrations of the show, Jones performed the title song and The Music of the Night at The Royal Albert Hall performance in October 2011 alongside other past Phantoms.

3. Gerard Butler

Hollywood actor Gerard Butler’s Phantom is not one portrayed on stage, but he was cast in the 2003 film adaptation directed by Joel Schumacher. Although Butler had no previous musical experience, he began to take singing lessons and auditioned for Andrew Lloyd Webber who was impressed by his performance. Butler was praised for his role as the iconic masked musician and it brought him recognition in the world of film.

2. Ramin Karimloo

Ramin is popular amongst Phantom fans. In 2003, he played a different leading role in the West End production of The Phantom of the Opera as he performed as Raoul, and in 2007 he took over as the Phantom and performed during the 21 st anniversary in the role. Recognised by fans of the musical for bringing a different interpretation of the character to the show, Ramin received a Theatregoers’ Choice Award Nomination for Best Actor in a Take Over Role.

Ramin went on to originate the part of the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sequel Love Never Dies which premiered at the Adelphi Theatre in 2010. One of his greatest honours was being chosen to perform as the Phantom alongside his Love Never Dies co-star Sierra Boggess as Christine in the 25 th anniversary production of The Phantom of the Opera, which was staged at the Royal Albert Hall and streamed live to cinemas across the world.

 1. Michael Crawford

Topping our list of actors to take the iconic lead in The Phantom of the Opera cast is, of course, the very first Phantom, Michael Crawford. Originating the role back in 1986 at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London, Crawford saw great success following his role opposite Sarah Brightman as Christine Daaé, winning the 1986 Olivier Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Musical. Crawford reprised his role on Broadway in 1988, winning a Tony Award for his performance.

In 1991, 1,300 performances and three and a half years later, Michael Crawford left The Phantom of the Opera . He will always be known by fans of the musical as the original and best Phantom.

Are you a Michael Crawford fan? Join in the chat and keep up to date with news on the singer at the Michael Crawford international fan association.

Who would you have put on the list? Do you think that there is a deserving Phantom missing or should the number one spot be given to someone else? Add your comments here!

What do you think?

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March 16, 2012 at 8:19 am

Hugh Panaro should be on this list. He is one of the most brilliant Phantoms ever, definitely my favorite!

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March 16, 2012 at 9:44 am

I don’t think that Gerry deserved #3. Although he was the first Phantom I’ve seen, I don’t think that he did the character justice. His vocal skills in particular are extremely lacking, especially for a character whose singing is so impirtant.

I agree that Michael and Ramin deserved #1 and #2. But JOJ should have been #3.

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March 16, 2012 at 3:02 pm

I’ll go further than “LetTheSongTakeFlight” and say Gerard Butler doesn’t belong on ANY list of Phantoms, unless it’s “The 10 Ten Worst Phantoms ever” list.

Ramin is ok but I wouldn’t consider him anywhere near the best. He needs to mature more. Michael, JOJ, Peter Karrie, Anthony Warlow and Earl Carpenter all definitely belong there. I’ll even say Colm Wilkinson though he’s not my cup of tea (and I say this having seen him in the role). But there are some fantastic American Phantoms missing off this list, like Hugh Panaro and Brad Little.

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March 16, 2012 at 3:13 pm

I would have loved to have seen John Cudia and Hugh Panero on this list. Not a personal fan of Crawford, though he does have my respect for creating the role, he was far from being in my top 10. I wonder where they are getting these figures from…

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March 16, 2012 at 3:46 pm

I think it you take Butler off the list and add Hugh Panaro somewhere, this would be a fair list. Butler did not do the roll justice and Panaro is fantastic. I’m just glad to see my favorite Phantom of all time up there. Peter Karrie will always be my favorite.

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March 16, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Franc d’Ambrosio, who played the role in San Francisco for *many* years, in excess of 3000 performances, is notably missing from this list. I’m glad to see my favorite, Earl Carpenter, but there are a lot of gaps (where are Brad Little and Hugh Panaro, just to name two?).

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March 16, 2012 at 9:34 pm

Mikael Samuelson, who played The Phantom i Sweden 1989-1995 is absolutely the best Phantom I have ever seen! I miss him on the list. Mr Butler has nothing to do on the list!

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March 16, 2012 at 9:42 pm

JOJ is the number one and Crawford should not be in the Top ten, he’s the worst phantom ever!

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March 16, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Though I do agree with the majority of this list, I don’t think Gerard Butler really deserved a place on it; you can’t compare him to other greats that have taken the stage, it’s not fair to him or the other Phantoms. Add Gary Mauer or Hugh Panaro, they’re quite fantastic and remembered as such on the Majestic stage!

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March 17, 2012 at 1:21 am

Colm Wilkinson deserves a higher rank, not just for his sensual portrayal and incredible voice, but for the fact that he, not Michael Crawford, was the first Phantom. Lloyd Webber created the role with him in mind and Wilkinson was the Phantom in the 1985 Sydmonton workshop and festival where ALW’s Phantom debuted. He was already cast as Jean Valjean in Les Miserable and so could not open the play on the West End. I agree with Gerard Butler as #3 because, even though his voice is not technically the best, his acting was superb – tragic, sensual, charismatic.

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April 26, 2012 at 1:32 am

Michael was the first Phantom. The only work Colm did before Michael was the demos of the songs at Andrew Lloyd Webber’s little theater. Michael opened the show in London, New York and LA. He is the first and foremost Phantom. All other players are a distant second. You want sensual? Michael defined the role and breathed life in to Erik. Colm is ok but not the best. Gerard, not even a school boy singer. Not worth talking about.

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March 17, 2012 at 1:29 am

Who made up this list? Someone’s who’s deaf? Butler can’t sing AT ALL. And how completely irresponsible of you to omit Hugh Panaro. Hugh is the BEST BROADWAY Phantom ever.

Shame on you.

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March 17, 2012 at 1:57 am

I think the reason they probably posted Gerard Butler up there, is that I’m sure his role in the 2004 movie peaked a lot of interest in PotO in people that didn’t already have interest in it. Which, I think is a good thing. And, I wouldn’t say his singing was bad, it just wasn’t classically trained as everybody expected it to be.

I used to really think that nobody could and would ever outdo Michael Crawford, but I do have to admit I’m entirely smitten with Ramin’s take on the Phantom. He puts so much emotion into that role, as they say, I’m surprised he has any left after each show. His singing actually makes my heart ache at the sad parts.

Wondeful job to all the Phantoms on the list, especially my dear favorites ranked #1 and #2.

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March 17, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Michael Crawford will always be my favorite. I never even got to see him on stage because the show came out when I was both (haha) but the amount of emotion I can hear just from the CD tells me he was amazing. But I definitely agree Hugh Panaro should be on the list! I finally got to see it in Broadway and his performance blew me away. Even the description for Butler you guys put for him describes why he shouldn’t be on this list. All of these Phantoms are experienced in their art and Butler didn’t even sing before the movie. He did decent, but definitely not on the top ten.

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March 18, 2012 at 12:05 am

Colm Wilkinson definitely deserved a top three spot, but I am SO happy to see you put Ramin up there in second… he deserves it!! Aside from his absolutely stunning voice, he has been one of the very few who managed to re-define the character (so well)!

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March 18, 2012 at 1:19 am

What about Davis Gaines?? He played the role both in LA and NY and totaled more performances than Michael himself. Having seen Michael, Davis and now Ramin, my top 3 are Ramin, Davis and Michael.

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March 18, 2012 at 1:45 am

How is Gerard Butler 3rd and Anthony Warlow on 9th??!! What the?? Why is Gerard Butler even on this list?

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March 18, 2012 at 3:03 am

Come on, the favorite Phantom could be the acting as well as the singing. I think Gerard Butler was very good in the style of the original, Steve Harley. This was originally a “rocker” part until Crawford changed it up. Doing it on the big screen with closeups is a lot different than the stage versions so acting wise, I think Gerard excelled at bringing the “sexy” back and making most of us choose Phantom over Raoul. I know all the arguments, he was supposed to be a lot older, etc. but the fans of Ramin can’t agree with that. I thought Ramin did a great job of the stage version. I haven’t seen JOJ do the part on stage, but his voice in the 25th anniversary “blew me away”!

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March 18, 2012 at 3:07 am

Why has JOJ been left out and he’s much better than Gerry Butler

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March 19, 2012 at 4:33 am

Okay, I am pretty content with this list. Except for the addition of Bowman and Butler. Really, I never liked Bowman as Chris, and I didn’t even know he at one point even played Phantom, really he is not nearly as liked as other Phantoms. Gerard, really?!? I give him the benefit that his acting was pretty good, and that he gave international awareness to the musical, but really not top 10 material. I do say we need to have some more Broadway Phantoms up there! I would also switch Ramin with JOJ, even though I believe they are almost as equally good! But at least they got the basic and the most important thing right on this list, and that is making Michael Crawford #1! He created the role, and he embodied the Phantom with his voice, his acting, and his soul! Pretty good list overall!

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March 21, 2012 at 1:01 am

Gerard beat John Owen Jones and Earl Carpenter. Tisk Tisk. And I personally do not like Micheal Crawford. Ramin should of been 1 hands down.

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March 21, 2012 at 1:37 am

really hoped John Cudia would be on this list as like #3 (he’s one of my favourites!) I do agree with most of this list though.. (:

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March 21, 2012 at 6:35 am

Davis Gaines!!!

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March 22, 2012 at 2:44 pm

What’s wrong with this ranking?

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March 22, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Oh my ……as a non-English audience, I have to say that there must have some mistakes and misunderstandings in this list.

I don’t think this list is fair and objective. First of all, how can you put actors of musicals and movies together to compare ? What they needs of performance are very different.!!! And, what’s the basement of this rank? The acting? Or singing? I just think that some actors not deserve the ranking. As other comment said, this list miss some better actors, especially the Broadway’s.

POTO is not a musical that you can write a review in a casual way. I think this article’s writer should tell that why he ranked like this.

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April 8, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Scott Davies should be on the top 10 list, as should Mark Mckerracher. You can get rid off Ramin Karimloo, he should never have been cast in the role, and John Owen Jones, he was a good Jean Valjean in the early days – late 90’s, but over time became complacent and stale. His portrayal of the Phantom is vocally powerful, but that’s the only positive.

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April 13, 2012 at 11:01 pm

You are all wrong. Dave Willetts who took over not long after Michael Crawford in London was the best phantom ever. His voice and portrayal of Phantom through his voice and acting was brilliant. He also played Jean Valjean in Les Mis. Anyone out there agree?

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April 23, 2012 at 4:55 am

I was able to see your #1, #3, and #10 selections perform the Phantom. I must say none of the other performers have anything on Anthony Crivello. He performed the role of Phantom with memorable grace and elegance. Also I do not think you should compare a movie actor’s role to a live performer. Again Anthony’s performance (acting and singing) was every bit as moving and more entertaining than even your #1 choice Michael Crawford.

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April 23, 2012 at 3:38 pm

I saw #1 and #10 an I loved both. I nust say you cannot understand how good a job they did until you see another performer do this role as i did when Anthony Crivello was out sick. Then you realize the difference of a top ten performer and some who is just ok. I agree that while I loved the movie Gerard Butler doesn’t belong on ANY list of Phantoms.

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April 24, 2012 at 2:43 am

Really?! I mean really?! You listed Anthony Crivello as number ten! Are you kidding? Or, did you not proof read the numerical order before you posted your list? I’ll tell you what, with no disrespect to the many actor’s who have played the role, I believe a more accurate list would be Anthony Crivello (first place). Michael Crawford (second place). the remaining actor’s are tied for third place. Mr. Crivello, mastered the role of the Phantom. When he is on stage you can’t help but to give him all of your focus. His movements on stage are precise and with emotion. His voice is impeccable. He is the reason many audience members see the show multiple times!

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April 25, 2012 at 9:43 pm

No list of 10 can include all of the fine, deserving Phantom actors, but to have Gerard Butler in the place of one of them is ridiculous.

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April 26, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Gerard Butler should not be on the list. Michael Crawford, THE BEST is rightly #1. When we saw Anthony Crivello in Vegas we sat in the front row. His grimacing and teeth gnashing were iritating-not good theatre, in my opinion. BTW, when we were in the hotel and also outside in the parking area, whose singing did we hear? Michael’s POTO’s cd, not Anthony!

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May 20, 2012 at 4:57 am

I have not heard all of these Phantoms so I cannot really say if most of them deserve to be on the list, but one thing I can say is that Anthony Crivello should not be at the bottom of the list, more towards the top of the list. Anthony has the intensity that role needs, not to mention an amazing singing voice.

I put Anthony Crivello at number one since it was his performance that made me the Phan I am today in addition to that of all the ones I have seen, he is the most believable in that role.

And my guess the reason you hear the recording from Michael Crawford is that was the only recording at the time the play opened.

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May 20, 2012 at 8:01 pm

See Anthony Crivello this year before the Vegas show closes. You are in for the treat of your life! His voice is perfectly suited for one playing the role of an angel of music and the passion and emotion he brings to the role is unequaled! He is definitely the number one talent on this list.

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November 9, 2012 at 11:13 pm

Gerard Butler should not be on this list, let alone ranked above John Owen Jones.

Definitely approve of the top 2. Have only heard Michael Crawford sing, as opposed to watching Karimloo. Very different voices. They both win.

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July 30, 2013 at 3:03 am

Davis Gaines was only mentioned one other time in all these postings?!! Wow. He really belong somewhere on this list. He was excellent in L.A. and I understand he did a great job as Raoul in New York. I was a Michael Crawford snob when I bought The Phantom DVD. It took a while but you ride Butler kind of grew on me but he doesn’t belong here. How about making a Top-20 list and just leave room for more great singers?

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August 11, 2013 at 12:45 pm

brad little should be in. he is precise on the words when singing with lots of emotion

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January 3, 2014 at 4:03 am

I attended only 17 performances of Phantom in Los Angelas. I heard an interview with a woman who has attended 135 and that was two years before Phantom closed in LA. Michael Crawford was, well, enthralling. Robert Guillaume was an interesting Phantom but, for me, didn’t have the voice or the passion. Then came Davis Gaines. He had the voice. He had the passion. Wow, did he have the passion. The final scene, when Christine has left with Rouel, and the Phantom is in agony. Well, I saw it 5 or 6 times and it brought tears to my eyes. It was the heart break we have all experienced at the end of a love that we wanted to keep forever. I have watched videos of other Phantoms, none come close to Davis Gaines. But then that opinion comes from my life experiences.

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January 20, 2014 at 8:03 am

DAVIS GAINES IS THE BEST I HAVE SEEN…HE MOVED ME TO TEARS……& A GREAT SINGER & ACTOR…….JACK ENGLISH…HOLLYWOOD

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February 27, 2014 at 10:23 pm

Okay I honestly have to ask this for the people that have seen a fair amount of different versions of the Phantom. I’ve only seen the 2004 movie and the Royal Albert Hall performance. So why do people hate so much on Gerard? I personally liked his portrayal and his singing voice is my favorite of all the Phantoms I’ve heard sing (which is about 5 of the portrayals.. yeah. small amount, I know). It’s not as operatic. I find his voice really moving and it takes me out of reality whenever I listen to the 2004 soundtrack. I also really enjoy Ramin’s performance. 🙂

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May 20, 2014 at 7:44 pm

How many Phantoms have you seen? If hundereds of actors have played the role, how many do you need to see to be even mildly qualified to pass judgement?

We saw Colm Wilkinson in Toronto, and he was marvelous. He ranks well ahead of the (unknown, but good) actor on the first(?) tour, and ahead of Gerard Butler.

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June 16, 2014 at 7:15 pm

The list needs to be updated as Cooper Grodin is performing as the phantom on the traveling Broadway tour. He is without a doubt, in the top 10.

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June 21, 2014 at 4:59 am

Where is Hugh Panaro’s name? Is this list a joke? He’s is undoubtedly the best Phantom.

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June 29, 2014 at 5:21 am

Ramin is the best phantom ever!!! Have you seen him on broadway? He’s gorgeous , he’s an amazing singer and , he just IS the phantom! I love him so awesome!

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July 24, 2014 at 5:23 am

How did you miss Frank D’Ambosio. Was the Phantom in the San Francisco cast for its entire run…at one point, he was the longest running Phantom and one of the best.

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July 26, 2014 at 9:32 am

How about James Romick?

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July 28, 2014 at 9:34 pm

I personally believe that Gerard Butler should be taken off this list completely, putting Ramin Karimloo as the best, and I think there are brilliant phantoms (that aren’t at famous as the ones in this list) that have been left out, for example: Gary Mauer is a brilliant phantom, as is Geronimo Rauch.

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September 14, 2014 at 4:53 am

I’m just glad Crivello is in the top ten. I saw him around 10 times (i know, not very impressive) during his tenure in Vegas, I even saw him in the last week he played the Phantom (yes, he was worth it) and he brought tears to my my eyes every single time during the All I ask of you reprise. Crawford deserves the top spot and I agree Panaro was snubbed, but Crivello is a great actor/singer and deserved at least the tenth spot. He is the reason I’ve traveled all the way to Broadway to watch TPOTO.

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October 26, 2014 at 5:28 am

Brad Little is the best Phantom I have heard. His deep baritone but amazingly high range gave the Phantom a sinister but seductive presence that is unique. He gets my got as the best

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November 1, 2014 at 4:18 pm

Gerard butler should not be on there. Can’t act, can’t sing. Hugh panaro was rightly left out, his singing style is boring and his acting is just bland, also he seems really arrogant. Best phantom by far is Ramin Karimloo. He can sing, he can act, and he’s the only actor whose performance has made me cry. He changed the role, which no other actor has done, and people who say that he’s terrible clearly don’t see how he is playing the role. Michael Crawford should be #2, and John Owen Jones should be #3.

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November 26, 2014 at 7:51 am

Just saw Phantom on Broadway with the greatest Phantom ever – Norm Lewis. His performance was breathtaking, fantastic, and most enjoyable singing I have ever heard and seen.

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November 28, 2014 at 12:28 am

Jeff Hyslop should be on there. He was in the Vancouver production and was excellent, although I doubt virtually all people reading this would have even heard of him. I’m so happy that Robert Guillaume didn’t make the list – he was terrible. I couldn’t believe A.L.Webber cast him in the role. What was he thinking?..

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November 30, 2014 at 7:02 pm

Geronimo Rauch surely makes the top ten. Peter Karrie is the best I’ve seen, and the late Martin Smith who struggled with the role during his short stint was scintillating when it all clicked for him. To be honest it’s not really possible to create a list of the top ten because there have been so many phantoms, wonderful for many different reasons.

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January 3, 2015 at 10:48 pm

I agree with the other posters- take Gerard Butler off the list completely. For God’s sake, add Hugh Panaro and Davis Gaines.

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January 5, 2015 at 1:46 am

I threw up in my mouth a little when I saw Gerry Butler ranked over JOJ. I personally think JOJ and Ramin Karimloo should tie for first – JOJ for voice and Ramin for acting.

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February 28, 2015 at 1:49 pm

Geronimo Rauch and Hugh Panaro deserve to be on this list, Gerard Butler needs to be kicked off. Ramin is my personal favourite, but I love Michael Crawford too.

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March 6, 2015 at 7:46 pm

While I would agree that Gerard Butler is nowhere near the best singing Phantom, his portrayal was more believable to me than some that I’ve seen. So whether or not he deserves to be on a top 10, he certainly was not a bad Phantom. That said, can’t believe John Cudia, Hugh Panaro and Howard McGillin aren’t on this list. I’d also like to give honorable mention to Gary Mauer, Jonathan Roxmouth, and Norm Lewis. I’m also rather excited to see James Barbour in the role later this month.

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March 7, 2015 at 11:13 pm

I’ve seen The Phantom 10 times – San Francisco, NY, London, Las Vegas, LA, Orange County, etc. to put Gerard Butler even into the top 100 is a disgrace. The role is for a singing actor – Butler does not qualify as a singer, and barely qualifies as an actor. The only thing I can say to his credit is that he didn’t try to sing it – he talked it. For my money, the incredible Davis Gaines deserved to be near the top of the list. Right alongside with Michael Crawford.

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March 20, 2015 at 1:35 am

What about the best of them all – the late Rob Guest

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March 22, 2015 at 10:48 pm

Colin Wilkinson. Hands down.absolutely. transcending. Awakening. Love him as phantom!

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March 26, 2015 at 1:01 am

Ra-MIN! Ra-Min! Ra-MIN! Deliciously tormented interpretation! Bravo, Ramin, Bravo!

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April 1, 2015 at 10:52 pm

How can you leave out Hugh Panaro!?!?!?!?! Best Broadway Phantom next to Michael Crawford! Don’t hate on Gerard, he only had 4 weeks of singing lessons and he isn’t a broadway professional singer. Don’t hate.

PHANTOM FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!

April 1, 2015 at 10:55 pm

And what about Peter Joback? What, no love for Peter?

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May 14, 2015 at 1:47 am

Colm Wilkison is my personal favorite, I am really happy he made this list, kind of bummed he didn’t get 3rd and that Gerard was on this list. Besides that I think it is pretty good! Would love to see Norm Lewis added and Hugh Panaro but you can’t simply name the top ten phantoms they are so many great ones!

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July 22, 2015 at 10:03 am

Gerard Butler may not have the greatest singing voice out of anybody who has portrayed the phantom, but I believe that his voice brought a darkness to the story. The darkness that a murder/ phantom should have. Gerard was never even musically trained and still sounds better then just about everybody who is giving him crap. He may not be my favorite but he definitely deserves some recognition for what he did with the role.

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July 24, 2015 at 3:19 pm

I loved Gerard Butler’s sensitiv portrait of the Phantom. Good voice too

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July 28, 2015 at 10:56 am

I am going to be honest as much as I loved Michael Crawford I am going to have to DISAGREE with all of you and say Gerard Butler does deserve his place at number 3 he is the only phantom that I would have actually choose over Raoul and I loved the rawness of his voice. His voice isn’t “classically trained” but let’s not forget this is a musical and NOT an opera and when Webber was casting he wanted a Phantom with no classical training. I grew up listening to the MC and SB POTO CD over and over but I can appreciate what twist the movie had and I have actually retired the original soundtrack with the one from the movie because I LOVE Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossums voice. Say what you want but you want but POTO is not an OPERA it is a MUSICAL!

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August 13, 2015 at 4:24 pm

Cieran Sheehan should have been #2 behind Michael Crawford

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September 20, 2015 at 11:15 am

John Owen – Jones wins hands down for me

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September 28, 2015 at 7:25 pm

Colm Wilkinson is lucky to be on this list. He was by far the worst Phantom to have ever been cast! With a terrible singing voice and the most “hammy” acting I have ever seen. I’m glad that someone mentioned Jeff Hyslop, from the original Canadian Touring Production. He also performed the role in the final months of the original Toronto Production’s run. I saw him in Vancouver after working on the original Toronto Production, (starring Colm Wilkinson), for a year and a half. When I saw it with Jeff, I didn’t have high expectations. But he and the entire show was incredible. He made it very real. Especially after being saddled with seeing/hearing Colm repeatedly torturing the role and the entire show nightly. But I should say that I’m quite surprised that no one has brought up even an “honourable mention” for Paul Stanley of KISS who replaced Jeff as the FINAL Phantom in the record-breaking 10 year Toronto run. He was better than I expected and not nearly as appreciated in the role as I feel he should be. It’s just to bad his run was so limited. But at least he has now been ‘mentioned’.

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October 16, 2015 at 9:12 am

Gerald Butler number 3 ? Seriously ? JOJ is top 3.

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October 23, 2015 at 7:39 am

It’s got to be the original-Steve Harley, just ask Sarah Brightman!

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November 6, 2015 at 11:36 am

I agree with Dottie V the best phantom is Dave Willetts his voice his acting and interpretation,are brilliant Crawfords voice was not up to it and G Butler should never have got on the big screen as the phantom.

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Andrew Lloyd Webber called in priest over troublesome poltergeist

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He is probably best known for his hit musical The Phantom of the Opera, but Andrew Lloyd Webber has disclosed that, in real life, he shared his home with the poltergeist of Eaton Square.

The composer has told The Telegraph that a mischievous spirit took up residence in his home in Belgravia, central London, where it would delight in making piles of paper that he would find in unexpected places. He eventually called on the services of a priest to persuade it to leave the 19th-century property.

Lord Lloyd Webber mentioned the poltergeist when asked by The Telegraph whether any of the theatres he owns are haunted .

He said he had never seen a ghost, but added: “I did have a house in Eaton Square which had a poltergeist.

“It would do things like take theatre scripts and put them in a neat pile in some obscure room. In the end we had to get a priest to come and bless it, and it left.”

‘Felt a presence on the stage’

If Lord Lloyd Webber’s house was indeed visited by a poltergeist , he appears to have been lucky in avoiding the more malevolent behaviour often attributed to them.

The name translates as “noisy spirit”, and legend has it that they can throw objects across rooms, bite people and even start fires.

Families living in Borley Rectory, Essex, known as Britain’s most haunted house until it was demolished in 1944, reported stones and bottles being thrown by a poltergeist, while in Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada, a poltergeist was said to have stabbed a woman in the back in 1879.

Although Lord Lloyd Webber has never seen a ghost, many other people working in theatres claim that they have, including Sir Patrick Stewart, who said he saw a figure when he was onstage with Sir Ian McKellen during their 2009 performance of Waiting for Godot at the Haymarket Theatre, central London.

Sir Cameron Mackintosh, who has worked with Lord Lloyd Webber on some of his biggest hits, told The Telegraph that on the opening night of Miss Saigon in 1989 he felt a presence on the stage before the show at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, which the theatre manager attributed to the theatre’s resident spook, the Man in Grey .

Famous former residents

Three years earlier, The Phantom of the Opera opened at His Majesty’s Theatre, going on to become the West End’s second longest-running musical. The phantom of the title is not a ghost, but a composer with a disfigured face who hides himself from society beneath the Paris Opera House.

If Lord Lloyd Webber had encountered a ghost in his house, there are plenty of famous former residents of Eaton Square it could have been.

Neville Chamberlain , the former prime minister, lived at No 37, and his foreign secretary Lord Halifax lived at No 86. The actress Vivien Leigh lived a few doors down at No 54, while the actor Rex Harrison lived at No 75.

Another former prime minister, Stanley Baldwin, once lived at No 93, while Diana Mitford, the socialite who married Sir Oswald Mosley, was at No 2.

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