NEWS: The Phantom of the Opera returns to Liverpool Empire, 20 Feb–9 Mar 2013

Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera is coming to Liverpool’s Empire Theatre from 20 February til 9 March 2013. The last time the musical was seen in the city was 14 years ago. Cameron Mackintosh said “With an exciting new design and staging, retaining Maria Björnson’s amazing costumes, you can surrender to the music of the night and fall in love with the Phantom in his new guise all over again.”

Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s legendary musical will star Earl Carpenter as ‘The Phantom’, Katie Hall as ‘Christine’ and Simon Bailey as ‘Raoul’. Angela M. Caesar will star as ‘Carlotta’, Andy Hockley as ‘Monsieur Firmin’, Simon Green as ‘Monsieur Andre’, Elizabeth Marsh as ‘Madame Giry’, Vincent Pirillo as ‘Ubaldo Piangi’, Hannah Cadec as ‘Meg Giry’ and Olivia Brereton as ‘Christine’ at certain performances.

Andrew Rawlinson, General Manager of the Empire Theatre said “I’m thrilled that The Phantom of the Opera is returning to the Empire. It’s a stunning new production that we are proud to be bringing to Liverpool. The Phantom of the Opera is such a well-loved musical, I know the show will be just as popular with the people of Liverpool as it was when the musical was here fourteen years ago. Anyone coming to see it is guaranteed to get something quite spectacular!”

Stat Attack: The Phantom of the Opera became the longest running show in Broadway history on 9 January 2006 when it celebrated its 7,486th performance, surpassing the previous record holder ‘Cats’. This coincided with the Broadway and the US national touring company celebrating an unprecedented 20,000 performances in the United States. In October 2010 the London production celebrated its 10,000th performance.

The Phantom of the Opera has won over 60 major theatre awards, including Tonys and Olivier Awards. The Phantom of the Opera, which opened at Her Majesty’s Theatre on 9 October 1986 starred Michael Crawford as ‘The Phantom’ and Sarah Brightman as ‘Christine.’ 

Worldwide, The Phantom of the Opera has grossed over £3.2 billion. The box office revenues are higher than any film or stage play in history, including ‘Titanic’, ‘ET’, ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Avatar’. It has been seen in 145 cities in 27 countries and played to over 130 million people.

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