The Phantom of the Opera
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera has been delighting audiences in the West End since 1982 and remains one of the finest productions in town. This hauntingly beautiful show based on Gaston Leroux’s novel tells the story of a 19th Century Paris Opera House haunted by a mysterious masked phantom and the obsession he develops with young soprano named Christine Daaé.
Her Majesty’s Theatre is one of the oldest playhouses in London. The building has been redesigned many times, and is a Grade II listed building. T he French Renaissance design gives the theatre a gothic edge, making it a perfect home to its current tenant Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera since 1986. In 1994 the building was fully refurbished, including new bathrooms and easier audience access, and was recently installed with a new sound system to enhance the performance of one of the world’s most popular musicals. Due to the age of the theatre the seating is in a more traditional layout over four tiers, and is relatively tall and narrow. Each seating block is shallow and parts are obstructed by pillars, rails and the overhang of each level. The Phantom of the Opera is a very visual show, and the set absorbs a large amount of the proscenium, both above the stage and to each side. It is especially important to consider the quality of the seat alongside the price, as seats at the top of the balcony and to the sides of the auditorium can be quite restricted.
The theatre has a number of seats which are ‘restricted view’ due to pillars. Some of these seats however are only slightly restricted, and it is possible to sit in such a way that you have a great view of the stage at a heavily reduced price!
The centre of the Stalls is an excellent place to sit for those who like surprises…
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