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Mackintosh Announces Full Cast of PHANTOM UK Tour - Earl Carpenter as Phantom, Katie Hall as Christine

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Cameron Mackintosh announced today full casting for the spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.

Earl Carpenter will play the role of 'The Phantom' and Katie Hall will play the role of 'Christine'. They will be joined by Simon Bailey as 'Raoul', Angela M. Caesar 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.

The company also includes Alistair Barron, Rosie Bell, James Bisp, Greg Castiglioni, Cindy Corinne Ciunfrini, Caroline Crawley, Rachel Crocker, Michael Diana, Liesl Dowsett, A C Garcia, Hannah Grace, Henry Grant Kerswell, Sam Harrison, Sophie Hartley, Kirk Jameson, Sarah Joyce, Lauren Lotz, Lee Ormsby, Siani Owen, David Phipps-Davis, Claire Platt, James Pullum, Leigh Rhianon Coggins, Emma Roberts-Simms, Ben Sleep and Richard Woodford.

The show will run for eight weeks only at Birmingham Hippodrome from Wednesday 13 March – Saturday 4 May 2013.

Cameron Mackintosh said: 'After 25 phenomenal years and a glorious celebration of the show's success at the Royal Albert Hall, I'm delighted that the spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's legendary musical will be coming to Birmingham. With an exciting new design and staging, retaining Maria Björnson's amazing costumes, audiences will be able to surrender to the music of the night and fall in love with the Phantom in his new guise all over again.'

Earl Carpenter recently played the role of 'Javert' in the West End production of "Les Misérables" and also played the role in the 25th Anniversary tour of the show. He has also played 'The Phantom' in the West End production of "The Phantom of the Opera" as well as the starring role of 'Darryl Van Horne' in "The Witches of Eastwick" at the Prince of Wales Theatre, also in the West End. His touring credits include 'Joe Gillis' in "Sunset Boulevard". Katie Hall was a boot camp contestant for the BBC1's search for 'Nancy' in "I'd Do Anything" and was a final round contender for Andrew Lloyd Webber's search for the Eurovision entry, "Your Country Needs You", also for BBC1. After leaving the "I'd Do Anything" competition she was immediately cast to cover the role of 'Christine' in "The Phantom of the Opera" at Her Majesty's Theatre and is now the alternate 'Christine' in the production. Katie has also played the role of 'Cosette' in "Les Misérables" at the Queen's Theatre in the West End, on the 25th Anniversary tour and also at the O2.

Simon Bailey's West End credits include 'Lieutenant Torrasso/Count Ludovic' in "Passion" at the Donmar Warehouse, 'Raoul' in "The Phantom of the Opera" at Her Majesty's Theatre, 'Enjolras' in "Les Miserables" at the Queen's Theatre, 'Britney' in "We Will Rock You" at the Dominion Theatre and 'Pharaoh' in "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" at the New London Theatre. Simon is also a founder member of 'Theatreland's First Supergroup' Teatro. Angela M. Caesar's West End credits include 'The Moon' in "Caroline, or Change" at The National Theatre. Andy Hockley's theatre credits include 'Rudolph Reisenweber' in "Hello Dolly" at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, 'Marcellus' in "The Music Man" at Chichester Festival Theatre and 'The Chaplain' in "Mother Courage and Her Children" at The National Theatre. Television credits include "Life On Mars", "Heartbeat", "Emmerdale" and "Doctors". Simon Green's West End credits include 'Jules/Bob Greenberg' in "Sunday In The Park With George" at the Wyndham's Theatre, 'Lumiere' in Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" at the Dominion Theatre, 'Young Ben' in "Follies" at the Shaftesbury Theatre and 'Torasso' in "Passion" at the Queen's Theatre. Simon has also appeared in 'The Phantom of the Opera' at Her Majesty's Theatre, and as 'Monsieur Lefevre' in the recent 25th Anniversary celebrations of "Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall". Elizabeth Marsh's recent credits include 'Myra Yerkes' in the European premiere of Stephen Sondheim's "Road Show" at the Menier Chocolate Factory, "Sleeping Beauty" at the Birmingham Rep, and "Afterlife" and "The Threepenny Opera" at The National Theatre. Vincent Pirillo recently appeared in "Sweeney Todd" at Chichester Festival Theatre. Other recent credits include 'Mr Goodfellow' in "Inherit the Wind" at The Old Vic, 'Rabbi' in "Imagine This" at the New London Theatre, 'Rabbi/Avram' in "Fiddler on the Roof" at the Savoy Theatre, 'Signal Man' in "The Woman in White" at the Palace Theatre and 'Grandfather' in "Ragtime" at the Piccadilly Theatre. Olivia Brereton recently graduated from the Guildhall School of Acting where she appeared in 'The Light in the Piazza', Into the Woods' and 'The Boyfriend'. 'The Phantom of the Opera' marks Olivia's professional debut.

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.

Stuart Griffiths, Birmingham Hippodrome Chief Executive, added: "We are very pleased that Midlands audiences will be able to see Cameron Mackintosh's spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA during an 8 week run here next spring. The original production ran at Birmingham Hippodrome in 1998 to huge acclaim and we are thrilled to be bringing this wonderful new version to Birmingham in 2013."

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA has won over 60 major theatre awards, including seven Tony Awards on Broadway and three Olivier Awards in the West End. It won the 'Most Popular Musical Audience Award', voted by the public, in the 2002 Laurence 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.' It is produced by Cameron Mackintosh by arrangement with The Really Useful Group.

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. THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is currently showing in London, New York, Budapest, Las Vegas and Kyoto.

This spectacular new production is Directed by Laurence Connor, with Choreography by Scott Ambler, Set Design by Paul Brown, Costume Design by Maria Björnson, Lighting Design by Paule Constable with Video and Projection Design by Nina Dunn for Knifedge, Sound Design by Mick Potter and Musical Supervision by John Rigby. The production is overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh.

The Phantom of the Opera at Birmingham Hippodrome Wed 13 March – Sat 4 May 2013. Tickets: £22-£60. Performances: Mon-Sat eves 7.30pm; Thu mats from 21 Mar at 2pm; Sat mats 2.30pm. 0844 338 5000, www.birminghamhippodrome.com (calls vary from 5p per minute, 5% transaction charge applies).

Hippodrome Friends: priority on sale from 10am, Tue 8 May (Become a Friend from £35, 0844 338 5000)

Groups of 10+: on sale from 10am, Mon 14 May, 0844 338 7000

Book Online: select your own seat from 10am, Thu 17 May

Phone & Counter: opens 10am, Mon 21 May

Hospitality: 0844 338 9000

www.thephantomoftheoperatour.com

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