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THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Celebrates 22nd Birthday Tonight 10/9

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Celebrates 22nd Birthday Tonight 10/9There will 'Music of the Night' soaring in the West End as the smash hit Andrew Lloyd Webber musical "THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA" at Her Majesty's Theatre in London, which recently played its 9000th performance, celebrates its 22nd birthday tonight Thursday 9 October.  

"THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA" stars Ramin Karimloo as 'The Phantom', Gina Beck as 'Christine', Simon Bailey as 'Raoul' Kate Radmilovic as 'Carlotta', Rohan Tickell as 'Piangi' and Heather Jackson as 'Madame Giry' with Barry James and Gareth Snook as 'Monsieur Firmin' & 'Monsieur Andre'. Robyn North will continue to play the role of 'Christine' at certain performances.

"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.   

"THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA" has won over 50 major theatre awards, including seven Tonys 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 starring Michael Crawford as 'The Phantom', Sarah Brightman as 'Christine' and Steve Barton as 'Raoul', is directed by Harold Prince and is produced by Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group Limited.  

Worldwide, "THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA" has grossed over £1.7 billion. The box office revenues are higher than any film or stage play in history, including "Titanic", "ET" and "Star Wars".  It has been seen in 124 cities in 25 countries and played to over 100 million people.  "THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA" is currently showing in London, New York, Budapest, Las Vegas, Singapore and Osaka. A touring production is playing at venues throughout the US and in Australia.

"THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA" is currently booking in London until 25 April 2009. Performance times for the London production are Mondays to Saturdays at 7.30pm, with Tuesday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm.  Tickets are priced from £20.00-£55.00 and are available from Her Majesty's Theatre box office on 0870 890 1106. 

Photo Credit Really Useful Co.

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