Her Majesty's Theatre
57 Haymarket
London, SW1Y 4QL
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Opened: 27 Sep 1986
Booking from: 17 Oct 2017
Booking until: 03 Mar 2018
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

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  • michaeldeeks 1 review 0 helpful votes
    80% total rating The Phantom of the Opera, 12th September 2017
    The show is a five star event all around. It's stood the test of time, and despite some of it's effects being outdated, it all adds to what is essentially a campy thriller/romance. The book is similar in some respects of that, but that's not what we're talking about. The set design is gorgeous, unparalleled on the West End. The late Maria Björnson is to praise for it all. Her costumes are spectacular, and really add the the 18th century flair of the time, whilst maintaining the aesthetics of a musical production. Direct some of your awe towards the marvellous chandelier piece, gorgeous angel and the remarkable gondola moments. With Harold Prince and Gillian Lynne adding some very impressive choreography, and old-time illusions, the sets, actors and backstage staff really pull together an incredibly seamless production. Even without the sound of Webbers outstanding score, and the various lyricists involved with the writing, the show would be a feast for the eyes. The only gripe of it all is the underdevelopment of the character Raoul (played to the best ability by Nadim Naaman), who any theatregoer would find difficult to relate emotions towards. Small issue, not worth taking away a star. However; so comes the deducted star. The titular characters, played by Ben Forster (Phantom) and Celinde Schoenmaker (Christine) leave a lot to be desired for me. The roles so beautifully taken on by various actors/actresses throughout the years, don't seem to work well with what are two undoubtedly great talents. Seeing them in other works, I know they're both quite capable stars, but the layers, chemistry and vocal prowess required of these two characters is not taken on fully by either two performers. Ben Forster adds little individuality to separate his performance from a mere copy of others, beyond his natural campness that sneaks into his performance from time to time. I said earlier that the show is campy, but The Phantom's character is less so. He also adds more a creepy vibe than a seductive one, a trait pivotal to the character gaining sympathy and working it's charm. Celinde's portrayal is much the same issue, except in place of campyness in her role, there's little interest shown in playing Christine's dilemma. This hinders the chemistry towards both Phantom and Raoul that her character requires. Her voice is spectacular, but seems reaching at various points throughout the show. These are personal preferences however, and I resolved them by returning on another night with the standby cast, who were all phenomenal, particularly Matt Blaker (I believe that's his name) as Raoul, a real stand out. A majority seemed to enjoy the 16/17 cast, so don't take it all from me. The new cast are apparently spectacular and so I recommend people flock to see this incredible production and my personal favourite musical, Phantom Of The Opera.
    Sat in Stalls C4
    For most shows, this seat I imagine would be more than adequate, but for this particular show? Not incredible. The view of the stage is brilliant; however due to the nature of the show, you'll find your neck aching and possibly feel like part of a Meerkat family due to the first few rows looking up for quite a few key moments. There's also a slight, but very minor issue with the fog effects used. It pours over the stage like a graceful melting ghost. However, because of this, the view CAN be hindered a tiny bit. (A very arrogant theatre goer showing off his seat in the middle of the front row will agree, as he rightfully had to crane himself during this moments as the stage ramp shrouded him in a mist of karma and humility, much to a groups delight). The seat itself is dated, but comfortable. Adds to the aesthetic of the shows sets, design and theatre in general. It's really quite beautiful to behold. Legroom though, isn't terribly generous. I award it 4 stars due to it not hindering my own personal comfort, as I have shorter legs than most and so didn't have to contort myself; unlike the pleasant trio next to me. Overall, a pleasant experience from the theatre (staff and security are spectacular), but this particular seat is hindering for those who want to take in all aspects of the show. Still, a mostly comfortable experience beyond the neck ache you may receive from looking up a lot. I wouldn't fault it if you have seen the show before, but if you haven't, I'd advise a seat just a couple rows back, somewhere in the middle. Ideally, if money isn't an issue, front row in the Royal Circle is where you want to be to see the show in all it's glory.
    C4 Stalls - Her Majesty's Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Stalls C4
  • katierose 5"7 female 60 reviews 1 helpful vote
    100% total rating The Phantom of the Opera, 3rd October 2017
    It was great to go into this show and see if fresh and new, once again I can’t believe I waited so long. The show is so visibly stunning, with amazing moments that leave me moved, gasping, and awaiting to see what will happen next. Graham also enjoyed the production without knowing what he was going into, except for the two songs which I played to him on my new Vinyl of the original soundtrack (That I got for 2 pounds!). When we left the theatre we were both left pondering, at times we felt that some of the songs were lost but this was due to operatic style and many of which were a quartet however you still received the gist of the story, so didn’t ruin it. One thing we both debated on was whether the Phantom of the Opera was real, or a ghost. I for one feel as though he was a ghost – being a high believer in the afterlife. But the things he was able to achieve within the show could be that of super natural, to which was brilliant portrayed by amazing moments of special effects with such simplistic sets it worked very well.
    With quite a popular show and only a certain amount of days to choose from it wasn’t long before I was searching seat reviews on none other than SeatPlan! I wanted to make sure I was happy with my view, but at a reasonable price so I looked towards the £35 range, lucky I could see that two seats were available Row A seats 30 and 31 in the upper circle. Displayed as restrictive view, when reading the reviews there wasn’t anything too negative to not say no to purchasing – just a slight at times leaning forward. Leg room wasn’t great being we were in the front my partner is 5" 9 and he did struggle with comfort but we made do. From the photo you can see the view of the stage is visible, but if you leaned back in your seat the left hand corner would be obstructed, one thing I did find is a lot goes on in that corner, so I did have to lean forward a few times to see what was happening.
    A30 Grand Circle - Her Majesty's Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Grand Circle A30
  • isobeljones-mcauley 3 reviews 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating The Phantom of the Opera, 13th September 2017
    The Phantom is one of the best musicals out there. After 30 years you would expect the show to seem worn out but it is still crisp and exceptionally done. Ben Lewis was incredible as the Phantom - the best I've ever seen, and just had such finesse in the role. It's also so nice as a musician to see the size of the orchestra involved - it's so much bigger than your usual musical band and has gorgeous orchestrations that make the most of it. I also think that the humour of the show, which is so often lost in the straight-faced film, touring & concert versions, is being well preserved in Her Majesty's Theatre.
    I was in seat H22 and my sister in seat H23. These were labelled as 'Restricted View' because of the pillar in the way of the stage.T he pillar didn't impact the view too much, in fact. It is the overhang of the Grand Circle which really affected the view. I have seen the Phantom before and got these seats relatively cheaply, so I was still able to enjoy the show, but the view was not good. The pillar didn't block too much, as the actors don't stand in one place for long - during the dance numbers they're always moving and during solos and songs they tend to move around the stage a good bit so not much of the action was missed. The overhanging ceiling severely blocked the view - particularly for one song, where lots of action happens at the top of the stage and we could see none of it! Row H and the two rows in front all leaned forwards and craned our necks but we couldn't see anything at all for the first half of the song: just a black stage! Action happens high up a few more times through the show, and we missed that - we could only see the feet of some characters on walkways, for instance - but nothing as dramatic. The Royal Circle is fairly close to the stage, so when I could see the actors I had a good view. Ironically, one of the set pieces that's hard to see from the stalls ended up directly in front of my eyeline. One of the odder idiosyncrasies of this theatre is that the sound doesn't seem to travel from one layer of seating to the next. The sound and music of the actual show was perfect, but the noise of the audience didn't reach us so the almost full theatre sounded practically empty! The applause between songs sounded very weak and disheartening, but at the curtain call I saw that the crowd was actually very enthusiastic.
    H22 Royal Circle - Her Majesty's Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Royal Circle H22
  • imogenbrady 5"3 female 12 reviews 1 helpful vote
    100% total rating The Phantom of the Opera, 16th August 2017
    The Phantom of The Opera is a classic, must-see piece of theatre. The cast, set design and orchestration together is simply outstanding - there's no wonder why it has stayed in the West End for 30 years. The staging is exciting with huge moving set pieces and special effects that enhance every scene, plus the orchestra play ALW's famous score beautifully (I almost cried just hearing the overture!) I am so happy that I got to see the 2016/17 cast before their run finishes in September. Celinde Schoenmaker is magnificent in the role of Christine, and we are beyond lucky to have her in London ! I managed to book this ticket only the day before on the off chance that I would be passing through London that day and couldn't pass up an opportunity to see such a classic show.
    With Row A being directly behind the security rail, the front of stage is obscured slightly if you are sitting with your back to the seat (maybe not if you are taller). I chose to lean forwards to look over the rail and then had a perfect, complete view of the whole stage. Leg room was not an issue for me. When seeing Phantom I would definitely recommend sitting higher up than the Stalls as you get a magnificent view of all the special effects and set design!
    A13 Grand Circle - Her Majesty's Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Grand Circle A13
The best tickets can be found in the central Stalls for the best view of the famous falling chandelier.
Her Majesty's Theatre, London interactive seating plan & seat reviews
The Phantom of the Opera has become the longest running show on Broadway and the second longest running musical in London for a reason. Stunning sets, sumptuous costumes and magical special effects, not to mention a gripping story and beautiful score by a certain Andrew Lloyd Webber combine to make this one unmissable show and one of the hottest tickets in town.

Based on Gaston Leroux’s novel, the show tells the story of a Paris Opera house haunted by a disfigured musical genius known as the Phantom. Beautiful young soprano Christine Daaé becomes the Phantom’s protégée and object of his desire; he will stop at nothing to make her a star. However when she attracts the attentions of Raoul, the Vicomte de Chagny, the Phantom’s love turns to vengeful jealousy in this tale of obsessional love and forbidden romance.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic score, which features lyrics by Charles Hart, includes the classics “Think of Me,” “The Music of the Night,” “All I Ask of You,” and “Masquerade”.

The original production, directed by Harold Prince and choreographed by Gillian Lynne, opened in London in 1986 before transferring to Broadway and received both the Olivier and Tony Award for Best New Musical and Best Musical respectively. The original cast included Sarah Brightman and Michael Crawford and casting standards have been kept high ever since with some of the musical theatre world’s finest talents being attracted to the famous roles.

The record breaking show has been seen across the globe and has proved so popular it has sparked a film adaptation, a sequel Love Never Dies and a purpose built $75 million dollar Las Vegas spectacular which featured a real lake.

The Phantom of the Opera continues to be one of the West End’s best loved musicals and a truly special theatrical experience. So if you haven't seen it yet - what are you waiting for? Get your tickets now!
Phantom is a must see for any musicals fan. If you like your musicals with added 80’s flair then this is definitely the show for you. The show contains some scenes that younger audience members may find scary and is therefore tickets are recommended for ages 10+.

Age Recommendations: Recommended for children 10+