Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Phantom of the Opera review (London Majesty's Theatre) - familiar tunes amid brilliant props

Photo by vitorihirota

Phantom of the Opera
Her Majesty's Theatre
57 Haymarket
London SW1Y 4QL
Box Office: 0844 412 4653
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This is a guest post from TT. A food lover, a theatre goer - all the good things in life.

I was talking to a friend the other day who had family visiting. When asked what was on their itinerary, she responded with "Phantom of the Opera of course." I have to agree with her choice. For the first time visitor to London, I would recommend Phantom as a must watch and it seems from the crowds of tourists you see outside Her Majestey's Theatre, Phantom's London home, that they agree with me!

Phantom has always held a special place in my heart for as long as I could remember. I had watched Phantom the movie but in my mind nothing could quite compare with the magic of the theatre.I watched Phantom when it toured Singapore some years back and when I arrived in London Phantom was one of the first plays that I watched. It was everything I thought it would be and more. From the very first scene where you caught your first glimpse of the clapping monkey I was mesmerised, transported in time and space to a bygone era where romance and fantasy still existed.

The sets and costumes were spectacular. The production crew did a wonderful job of bringing the scenes to life. You could almost feel the chill in the air in the graveyard scene when Christine was at her father's tomb and the raw despair of the Phantom as he rowed along the canal leading to his hiding place. My personal favourite was the masquerade scene with its riot of colours. However the real draw of this play is of course the music. Who has not heard of Think of Me and All I Ask of You?  Lush and operatic, the music draws you into the story and is probably why the show is now in its 25th year.

Perhaps I should watch the Phantom's prequel, Love Never Dies too...

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