Managed to get 3 tickets in the stalls row M, seats 20,21,22 - checked out
this guide and thought fair value was acceptable.
Yet again the show was fantastic, it just gets better every time I see it, you
notice parts that you totally missed the first time round. the cast were
I must comment on the helpfulness of the theatre staff, as my grandmother uses
a wheel chair, we were approached on entering the theatre by staff and taken
round to a side door, shown the disabled toilets and taken to our seats before
the crowds came in.
Our interval drinks order was taken and a selection of gifts from the
kiosk was bought round to our seats of which nanny bought ............the
We all thoroughly enjoyed the show and when the crowds had dispersed the
staff bought out our wheelchair and had a good old natter with nanny asking
her what she thought of the performance.
Customer service at its best!
I must say the seats were fantastic, I totally disagree with other reviewers
who have said to avoid the stalls, by far the best seats we've had seeing this
show. I was worried that the stage would be high and we'd get a crook neck
from looking up, but the stage is low and the view was amazing, we couldn't see
the chandelier going up once it had passed the Grand Circle, due to the
overhang, but that's a small price to pay for such a clear and close view of
Can't wait to see it again, amazing!!!!
Saw this last night (30th March 2005) and unfortunately we didn’t enjoy this show.
Our biggest mistake with this show was not to note the seat numbers to avoid. We had 2 seats in row B of stalls (front row), what a nightmare, No leg room at all!!!!!!
People next to us were really annoyed especially as these are top price seats!
I have read other reviews and it appears most people love "Phantom" but we didn’t feel it was worth the visit. I appreciate it is an operatic production, but when all the characters sang
different lines at the same time it just came across as a cacophony of noise. I was aware my Husband was uncomfortable all night and it was a pleasure when it was all over.
Saying that I thought the set and costumes were well produced. Rachel Barrell as Christine and Oliver Thornton as The Phantom had amazing voices.
I suppose you either love it or hate it and unfortunately we fell into the latter.
I am a huge, huge Phantom fan and firmly believe that the show is the best in
the West End but after seeing it last night (29th April 2005) I was hideously
The show was appalling. It was quite painful to see it in front of me. Why?
Quite simply it was the cast. My first moan goes to Raoul (who is currently
played by Oliver Thornton). Now I have see the Phantom just over 10 times now
- he is far below the standard of any other Raoul I have ever seen. I do
believe that he single handedly ruined the show. His performance was a
disgrace and how he got such a coveted part I will never know. His voice is
much too weak, his acting is poor and the way he reads Raoul and decides to
play him is insensitive and irritating. Because of this - for the first time,
I didn't care what happened at the end of the musical.
Earl Carpenter as the Phantom showed potential, but isn't up to such a
challenging role. His portrayal is very simple in such a complex work, and it
seemed as if he was just bashing through the songs - like sight-reading. This
was incredibly disappointing too.
The supporting cast were fairly anonymous too. None put in a noticeable or
commendable performance and didn't help to arouse any emotions within the
audience for how we should feel towards any character. They just dragged the
whole thing out. None of them deserved to have such wonderful roles in such a
In fact, the only positive to come from such an abysmal evening was Rachel
Barrell as Christine. She was very impressive and did the musical justice -
easily bettering Sarah Brightman for anyone who listens to the original CD.
She played Christine with great intricacy and sensitivity. Unfortunately - £50
is rather a stiff price to pay to see such a good performer.
So for a show which is all about the relationships between the characters it
failed. It was rather sad to see a show I love being massacred. I had no idea
such incredible music could be ruined so easily. I left feeling cheated.
As for my verdict - it is still the best show in London and a must see (many
times)! But wait until this cast moves on. I wish they would hurry up...
I went to see Phantom of the Opera just after Christmas time. I had possibly
the worst seats in the house, due to late booking. (Balcony) Still, I didn't
expect to miss half the show.
I was extremely disappointed. Not that I had a bad night, I did enjoy it, its
just that it was nothing near as good as everyone made it out to be.
Yes- the show had an amazing and powerful set...but if you can't see
it...what's the point? I was very annoyed that the whole thing was played to the
Stalls, because not everyone can afford £50 a ticket. The only way I would go
and see Phantom again is if I sat in the Stalls, but I'm not prepared to pay £50
for a show I didn't rate that highly.
My main problem is that the music is boring. If a musical doesn't have good
music, it is pointless to me. The 3 or 4 good tunes are all played in the first
half an hour, which leaves a good two hours of "musical mess". So, I
couldn't see the stage properly, and I couldn't just close my eyes and listen.
The whole show is hidden behind a huge chandelier, and some very talented
Well, what can I say? It was as fabulous as ever!!!
Rachel Barrell is the best Christine I have ever seen, it was such a relief to see a real actress/singer after the horrors of
Emi Rosum in the movie. Rachel is by far the best singer I have ever seen in the part, not sounding
in pain or like she was struggling. Her character was a bit cold for my liking and sometimes quite
aggressive, but still fab.
>Then we move on to Oliver Thornton, well, what positive thing can I say? Well,
he was very good looking - that's where the positives end. I do realise that the part of
Raoul is not well, good, it seems the writers got board when they got to his part!!
But come on, he could of tried to make his character a little less boring or camp.
Still, it was a relief to hear a non-American accent (both Patric Wilson and
Emi Rosum needed voice coaching).
Erl Carpenter was good, but not in the league of John Owen Jones, who is fab.
The curtains need a good wash (as an earlier reviewer noted, I think), but it was still great!!!
Come on, recast already!!
I somehow managed to miss seeing Phantom of the Opera until the end of May
2005. I can't compare the current cast with any other but they didn't strike
me as anything special. Earl Carpenter as the Phantom was rather subdued and
didn't have the edge of menace I felt he should have had. I couldn't decide
if he was deliberately lisping at times in "Music of the Night" or if the
mask was constricting his mouth. Oliver Thornton as Raoul was also weak but
I found his character unbelievable anyway and the love affair didn't engage
my emotions at all. Rachel Barrell as Christine sung with considerable
volume (but see below) and was the best of the cast.
A feature of the performance I'd never really been forced to consider before
in the theatre was the amplification of the singers. It all seemed too loud
to me and at times I found the level almost painful. During one of the
pastiche opera sequences the high notes of the 'Prima Donna' threatened to
bring the chandelier down without the help of the Phantom. It gave the whole
performance a strident edge that I did not enjoy.
I was sitting in B21 in the Dress Circle which should have been fine as I'm
5'11" but two people in front of me actually blocked a lot of the view
(they also rustled bags to show each other their shopping for large sections
of the show). They were asked by the staff to stop leaning forward onto the
front of the Dress Circle though, but they still obscured a lot of my view.
A child near to me was given a cushion but still had problems seeing
I didn't really enjoy this show much and wonder if it's getting a little
I took my mother to see this show as a birthday treat on the 25th June 2005
and it certainly didn't disappoint. The cast were fantastic and the show
certainly lived up to our expectations, so much so that we may go back again
this Christmas for my birthday!
I booked seats M6 and M5 in the stalls, solely based on your seating recommendation, and they
offered a perfect view of the stage plus ample leg room for the average sized person. I'm 5ft 9".
The acoustics were very good also.
As this was a birthday treat for my mother I wasn't too concerned about the price and thought
the £47.00 tickets a reasonable price to pay for such a great day out and such good seats at a top
Many thanks to the Phantom cast, and Theatremonkey, for making a happy day
My partner and I went to see this show recently (July 2005), it was my
umpteenth time and his first. I have to admit to not being a huge fan of the
show, as, although there are many aspects of the production that I like, the
show as a whole does not gel for me.
We purchased our tickets from the TKTS booth in Leicester Square and were
seated in the circle on the second row and the seats were very good and we had a
The show itself was very enjoyable but I did feel that it was starting to
show its age a little and some of the characterisations are a little sloppy. We
both had to agree though that Earl Carpenter, as the Phantom, was superb, he
gave so much to his performance in the final scenes that we were both quite
moved and I have never before been able to feel for this character. My partner
really enjoyed the show and we both agreed that the staging is excellent.
All in all an enjoyable afternoon’s entertainment but not a show we will be
rushing back to soon.
Messrs Colin and Asa Mccarthy-Burton
18 years, and its still playing to sold out audiences every night! Millions
of people can't be wrong! This show is and always will remain the best
musical in the world.
This show is simply amazing; the cast do a great job carrying the heavy story and musical score. The show is almost impossible to describe, as it is
so good. Earl gives the best performance of The Phantom I have ever seen and heard. I may even go as far as to say that Earl's voice is more powerful and
his performance is better than Mr Crawford!
The set and special effects are also amazing. The costumes, especially the lavish "Red Death". The thundering Overture sets the show off into a great
whirlwind of excitement, and the show lives up to all of the hype associated with it.
Both the current London Christine's are also amazing; the passion with which
they sing is brilliant. Oliver Thornton (Raoul) isn't the best in the cast
but then again isn't the worst, his voice is pretty good and his acting is
acceptable, but Earl outshines them all.
Please remember that the musical was the original and the movie came after,
the movie was slightly different from the show (the show being better). But
if your looking for a show to see in London go and see this, or end up
kicking yourself as you leave some other poor show and see the audience
leaving "Phantom" totally amazed. You have been warned!!!
!!!LONG MAY PHANTOM RUN!!! And perhaps come on a UK tour????
I was visiting London from the US July 25 2005, and luckily procured fantastic tickets for Phantom of the Opera. The production was inspiring as always; I could never tire of seeing it.
The cast was excellent, and the Phantom's performance was quite impressive and emotional. I was, however, very disappointed in the performance of the gent playing Raoul. While he had a great presence about him on stage, I didn't feel he fit the part, and as a trained tenor myself, I thought he should have been able to resonate his lower register better. In the trio with Phantom and Christine, Raoul's voice did not project, and his interjections were lost...
I was on holiday with my family all the way from Brisbane Australia and me
and my sister went to see "Phantom of the Opera". Having loved the
interpretation of the movie, I thought I should see the stage play, and I
thought it was amazing! No doubt there is a large amount of prima donna style
'drama', but come on! The story is fiction about a masked musical genius living
in the catacombs of the Paris Opera! The melodrama is what makes the story so
interesting. Really Theatremonkey, stop being bland and enjoy the creativity!
Andrew Lloyd Webber is a musical genius and Phantom of the Opera is not to be
missed. The Phantom is such an amazing character, and is portrayed so well. The
costumes are beautiful, the stage work is clever and creative, and the
performances are bar none.
I will agree though on one thing. The poor Phantom should get Christine! He's
cool enough, not stupid Roaul with his high pants and stupid hair! Talk about
rejecting people because they dont appear normal! Tut tut Christine Daae!
Phantom Phans I would love to hear from you!
Firstly, I would like to thank the Theatremonkey's frequent updates of
special offers, which is where I searched for a fabulous offer to see "The
Phantom of the Opera". I have long-awaited for a discounted ticket to this show.
It was my first time to see it and thanks to theatremonkey, I got a full-priced
ticket less £20! (Central Stalls an' all!)
Ok, enough of the money talk. I had expectations aplenty of the show, giving its
18-year run in the West End. They were definitely met. It was extraordinary.
Very haunting and terribly tragic. The ambience of the whole show was carried
away even after I left the theatre - a true sign of a successful theatre
experience. I found myself humming to the melodies of Masquerade and Music of
the Night as I was driving home!
Earl Carpenter as the Phantom was so fitting. Even though I have not seen Mr.
Crawford's original display, I knew Earl's haunting voice was key to play the
Phantom. Most memorable.
This classical theatre should be running for many years to come. For someone who
normally favours the more modern musical like myself, "The Phantom of the Opera"
certainly took me by surprise. A "Must-See". I truly understand this statement
now. A "Must-See" indeed.
We took our seven year old Twins to see Phantom for a birthday treat at the
beginning of August 2005, though my Wife and I had seen it four times
The kids loved it and want to see it again for their next birthday, but
personally Phantom had lost some of it's magic. Earl Carpenter in the lead was
very good indeed though not in the same league as Crawford who we had seen on
two occasions.( We wish we had seen our fellow Welshman John Owen-Jones to
compare). A special mention to Oliver Thornton as Raoul....absolutely terrible!
How he got such a prestigious part is way beyond me!
We sat in the Royal Circle and found the seating cramped and the view inferior
to a good Stalls seat.
We'll probably revisit next year if the kids demand!!
The Johnson Family
Port Talbot, South Wales
My first West End show. When we bought the tickets I wasn't that excited. I
wanted to experience a West End show as even at only 24, I saw it as one of
those things you have to do sometime in your life.
The show starts with an elderly Raoul (in a wheelchair) buying a music box
at an auction at the old opera house that had being previously haunted by
the phantom. This is very important to remember for the rest of the show.
After this scene the unmistakeable unique theme music begins, the sound in
the theatre was amazing, better than any cinema.
At this point, I didn't know what was happening to me, the music caused the
hairs on the back of my neck to stand up and I felt a shiver down my spine.
A few seconds and I'd gone from wondering if we'll make the last orders at
the pub, to being totally enthralled. I was hooked from that moment on, from
the start to the finish. I have since listened to the music from the
original cast (Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman), but in my opinion,
Earl Carpenter (Phantom) and Rachel Barrell (Christine) are far more
talented. As soon as Rachel began to sing her first solo of the evening I
got that same feeling I did as the music began, although this time more
intense. She has the kind of voice that you would never get tired of
listening to. It was a pleasure to see her perform, other than being
beautiful she acts astoundingly well and really feels the music. Overall the
Phantom of the Opera is a must see, even for those who have never taken in a West
End show before. It would be nice if a soundtrack was available of the
J Middleton of Sheffield
I thought I was the only theatregoer to have been disappointed by 'Phantom'
at Her Majesty's but thankfully I have now realised that I am not alone. I
thought I must have been tainted having seen the movie far too much, and that it
was just me who was mildly disappointed by the acting efforts of Earl Carpenter
and Oliver Thornton.
It must have been eight months or so since I saw it and, as far as I can tell,
since then only the Raoul has changed which, frankly, can only be a blessing.
Rachel Barrell made a marvellously emotional Christine and kept her as the
feisty chorus girl of Leroux's original novel. She lifted the slightly flat
acting of the Phantom wonderfully and kept Raoul's head above water. I adored
Carlotta. She was fabulously camp and over the top, as any good diva should be.
'Phantom's tragically dark tale is a mix of romance, gothic horror and mystery
and Lloyd Webber chooses to focus on the romantic side of the story. The
struggle that Christine faces in choosing between the Phantom and Raoul
represents her two very different sides; the dark, edgy Phantom, verses the safe
Raoul. I know which one I'd choose... ;)
The lavish sets and spectrum of colours explode onto the stage, especially at
the start of the second act, and capture your attention and your heart. The
beautiful sounds of Lloyd Webber's music, combined with the wonderful lyrics of
Charles Hart and Richard Stilgoe, stay in your mind for weeks on end and, to be
honest, it's not really such a bad thing!
I would definitely recommend 'Phantom' to anyone. It is Lloyd Webber's triumph
and looks set to remain that way for a very long time.
My 7 year old daughter and I recently went to see the show (February 9th
2006) and it was just brilliant. We sat in the Stalls in row D, seats 9 and 10.
In my humble opinion, the current cast is the best, though I have only seen it
She loved the whole thing, but was a little bit worried that the chandelier
might fall on our heads! It was probably the best birthday I could give my
I was also impressed with the leg room, I'm 6 foot and it was ample.
I am utterly astounded at the few negative comments about POTO (Phantom Of
The Opera). I first saw this magnificent production in December 2004 and in May
2006 will be seeing it again for the 4th time.
The first time I saw it was a xmas present and I wasn't too excited about it
to be honest, I listened to the movie soundtrack that was also a xmas present
and quite frankly thought that I was going to find the show quite hard going! I
couldn't have been more wrong, from the very beginning I was hooked and when the
chandelier swings into the audience with the spine chilling music the hairs
stood up on the back of my neck.
>My favourites are: "Masquerade", "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again" and
"Think of Me", although I love all of it. The second time I saw POTO I realised
I had missed so much the first time round, so knew I had to go again just in
case I missed even more!
Earl Carpenter has to be the best Phantom, how he packs so much emotion into
it every night for so long I really don't know, and Rachel Barrell is an
excellent Christine- both deserve Oscars in my opinion.
I always sit in the stalls as I think you get the best views, but wouldn't
sit on the front row again due to a stiff neck!! This show knocks spots off the
movie and I am currently reading the novel, struggling a little with it as it is
The gentleman that previously wrote in the defence of Raoul lacking charisma
is so correct in what he says, yes this is how Raoul is supposed to be......I
think that those who slate POTO have no appreciation for this form of
entertainment which is absolutely fine as we all have different tastes but hey
just admit that its not for you, there's no need to rip it apart....take note
P.S. I own; POTO compact mirror, a POTO monkey music box that plays
"Masquerade", a POTO mug and a framed POTO poster with all my tickets
in.....does that make me a sad Monkey?????....My Lawyers are watching!
I disagree with the negative reviews on "The Phantom of the Opera", Earl
Carpenter was excellent as the Phantom, even better than Michael Crawford; and
Katie Knight-Adams was excellent as Christine.
I loved the chandelier, although it was literally centimetres above our
heads, some lady in the audience screamed and many of the audience gasped as it
Also, I was in front row (Seat B10) - it is a restricted view because of the
conductor - but he was not in my way at all, and B11 was affected slightly
although it really wasn't a problem unless your under 4ft perhaps.
The only moan I have is that sound wasn't loud, so you missed parts of the
singing, and the final lair boat scene, I missed parts of that. Apart from that
it was excellent, and am glad I got an excellent view sold at a restricted price
even though it wasn't affected in the slightest. Highly recommended.
I went to see this a few weeks ago with a very open mind as I normally prefer
something light and breezy and didn't think I was going to enjoy it-but I did!!
- and would recommend anyone to see it
Ms Christina Brooks
Went to see "Phantom of the Opera" on Tuesday 27th June 2006, it was
BRILLIANT! Far better than the film version. It had me in tears and goosebumps
in parts. The main character's "Phantom" and "Christine" were excellent and put
so much into their performances.
We sat in stalls row "J" seats 3 and 4 and had a really good view of the stage.
The overhang starts at row "J" so we were able to see the chandelier but any
further back and some bits of the show would have been missed. The seats are a
bit old and so aren't as comfortable as some other theatres that have been
updated, but we had enough leg room. The theatre was lovely, like stepping back
into Victorian times and the whole atmosphere was perfect for "Phantom".
Cant wait to go and see it again!
Saw the show for the first time on Monday 10th July 2006, absolutely loved
it! Can't wait to go back and see it again.
My cousin and I were in London for a special few days break and chose this
show to see out of all those currently on as we loved the music (I have a copy
of the original cast recording LP!). We checked on this site for seat info and
had seats K23 and 24 in the stalls and found them very good, saw everything, my
cousin is slightly taller than me so she could see the chandelier right to the
top. Got the full effect of the chandelier falling too without being directly
We loved everything about it, the effects, the story, the acting and singing
and I agree with other people, although we have no comparison with others, Earl
Carpenter is fabulous as the phantom. Despite what theatremonkey says, to see
the theatre sold out on a Monday night in July proves how good the show is.
My only gripe is actually about the theatre itself, something needs to be
done about the seating, the seats are quite small. If you are a 'larger size
lady' like me you get wedged into the seat and literally cannot move until the
interval (an American lady in front of me had exactly the same problem) and then
feel so stiff afterwards. Even for someone slim you also have to get out of the
row to let people get past to their seats in the middle. My cousin is only 5'5"
and she said there was not much leg room either. But that is only a little moan,
we were so caught up in the show it didn't detract from it, we just had a good
stretch in the interval and settled down again for the second half.
Final comment, absolutely brilliant show, would thoroughly recommend it, want
to go again, and again, and again..........
I saw ‘Phantom of the Opera’ for the first on 13th July 2006. I wanted to see
the stage show after I saw the 2004 film, (the best thing to do is to see the
stage show then the film). As tickets for Phantom are expensive, I went on
Lastminute.com to get tickets which offered me a £10 discount on each ticket.
The problem with this is your not allocated seats until you get to the theatre.
I had great seats in the upper circle (H17-18). The only tiny problem with view
the seats is that you can’t see the head when the Phantom enters (2 second
obstruction), at the start of Act 2 and the chandelier blocks the phantom for a
few seconds when he is at the top of the stage at the end of Act 1. Legroom is
poor but manageable (I’m 6”1 and it was a small problem, but easy to forget
about when watching the production).
The only understudy was Christine Daae which was played by Tabitha Webb. I think
this understudy made no difference in my enjoyment of the production.
I had two problems with the production though. My first problem was Raoul. Great
performance by the actor (David Shannon), but I thought he looked much older
than Christine (maybe it’s because of the understudy) so found it hard to
believe that they were “friends” when they were children. The major problem is
the sound. After nearly 8,200 performances in the same theatre, you would think
the sound would be good. When the actors sang on stage is sometimes was hard to
hear, and when the actors sang off stage or a recording was playing it was much
louder, so they either make the sound louder when the onstage or quieter when
they are off. To add more atmosphere, they should make all of the sound louder.
The illusions in the show are great and they get better as the show goes on.
Phantom of The Opera is like Marmite, you either love it or you hate it. I LOVED
Went to see Phantom on Saturday 23rd September 2006. I did not think I would
enjoy this, just booked it for my girlfriend's birthday as I know she likes
musicals, however, I will be honest and say I thoroughly enjoyed the whole
performance. I thought the voices of Christine and the Phantom were absolutely
As I mentioned this is not my kind of thing, but this is a MUST see for anyone,
even if they think it is not 'up their street'.
We saw the show for the first time on Saturday 7th October 2006.
After consulting Theatremonkey (thanks again, your
website is always a great help), we booked four seats
in Upper Circle seats E15 to 18.
The view of the stage was excellent, as was the view
of the top of the theatre, we had a great sight of The
Phantom during his performance in 'The Gods'.
The leg room was more than adequate, I am 6ft2 and had
no trouble at all.
The only gripe is I had to move from side to side to
see the centre of the stage, due to a tall gentleman
sitting directly in front of me, but this must have
applied to those sitting behind me due to my height.
The stage sets were fantastic, as was the whole
My only word of caution would be take a light jacket,
the air conditioning is too good!!.
I could not recommend this musical less. It is dragging the West End back.
I sat in the Upper Circle. Terrible sightlines and no legroom. I was so far
away from the stage that I felt like I couldn't be further away from the
action. Not that there was much action coming from the unengaging acting and
It was made in the 80's....and it shows.
This was utterly disappointing. The score was unimaginative and bland, the
sets looked dated and the 'special effects' were clunky and distracting.
Do not believe the hype, this show may be in its 21st year, but that is
surely musical retirement age.
Go and see 'Mary Poppins' or 'Wicked' who are still in their gloriously
I have just seen "The Phantom of the Opera" at Her Majesty's theatre in
London (November 2006), sitting in row B seats 13 and 14 and would recommend
this show to anyone. The seats were amazing and I was so close to the action, I
did not have a problem with legroom or cricked necks. I could see every feature
of the phantom's deformity, saw all the fine detail, and felt that the singers
were singing just for me, they tended to stand just in front of these seats to
sing the big pieces. The flares were startling and I could feel the heat from
them, the chandelier was scary, I would recommend these seats anytime.
As for the show itself, it is hard to describe how wonderful it is, the music,
the storyline etc. I am already planning another visit to the show, I know it
won't happen, but hope the phantom gets the girl next time!
Saw Phantom 1st December 2006. After seeing John Owen Jones twice, and Scott
Davies once, I thought Earl Carpenter did a pretty good job - though vocally
John Owen Jones was better. I've seen him with Celia Graham and they were superb
together. The big disappointment was Katie Knight Adams, I have never seen
someone sing and act so badly on stage (and I have seen many shows). I can't
believe she is hired for this job. She doesn't look like a young girl at all but
more like a witch, especially when she sings. She completely screwed up the last
part of 'Think of me' which was already shorter than usual I think due to her
vocal limitations. She even lip-synced the duet 'Phantom of the Opera' because
suddenly her voice was completely different. Also with the notes at the end she
was too late opening and closing her lips. At that time you heard her voice only
over the speakers and not coming from the stage as before (I was very close). I
felt sorry for Earl that he had to work with such a bad performer who was
overacting all the time.
A big compliment however for Wendy Ferguson as Carlotta, she was very very
good. However, make sure you see Celia Graham as Christine when you book this
Saw this show on the 28th December 2006, with Celia Graham as Christine,
Earl Carpenter as the Phantom and Michael Xavier as Raoul.
This show, along
with 'Les Misérables', is one of the "crown jewels" of West End theatre. The
spectacular staging always dazzles, and the score throbs emotion throughout.
The opera managers, monsieurs Andre and Firmin provide light comic relief
throughout, as well as being key to the storyline.
For those who expect a
traditional musical, do not go here. Phantom is a heavy gothic rock show
dressed up as an Opera, and if you do not like Pipe Organs and electric guitar
this show is not for you. Some scenes-mainly the hanging of sceneshifter
Joseph Buquet - are not suitable for young children.
Earl Carpenter's singing
and acting is superb throughout, as he brings true emotion to the role. Some
may find his higher-pitched singing rather light, as he is closer to Michael
Crawford than his predecessor John Owen-Jones. Michael Xavier is a great
improvement on David Shannon in the role of Raoul, Vicomte de Changy and
Christine Daae's lover. However, make sure you see Celia Graham in the role
of Christine rather than the dreadful Katie Knight-Adams. Graham's singing
is beautiful throughout the show and she never misses a note, while reviews
of KKA have been far less favourable.
Overall a superb show-see it at least
once and DO NOT believe the review the monkey has given it.
To all concerned with the production and performance of this show.
I have collected, vinyl - CD - DVD and finally, as a 60th Birthday treat with my
family, I sat in awe and watched the show.
Form beginning to the final curtain this production was excellent. Please pass
this on to all of the cast (company) and production team.
Thank you all very much for a fantastic night out.
This is the fourth time I have seen Theatremonkey's favourite show! I got a
half price ticket from the 'Get Into London Theatre's offer website (ended 17th
March 2007) for the performance on 28th February 2007.
I was seated in stalls row C seat 11, right in the centre. I thought it
strange that the three seats (10,11 and 12) in front of me were unoccupied.
Maybe people didn't turn up, or maybe these are saved for sale on the night? The
rest of the stalls were full. I was right behind the conductor, but as is
written elsewhere on this site, he isn't very tall and from where I was seated
wasn't much of a problem. On the stage right in front of me was a wooden block
which may have contained lighting. This obscured some of the action, but in the
second half it wasn't there.
I was so close I could easily see the microphones of the performers. I could
also see how Christine and The Phantom enter the mirror, which spoiled the
effect for me. Being so close has some advantages. The Phantom's deformity can
be clearly seen, and you see the performers' expressions. Christine's
interaction with the Phantom when she gives him a ring and kisses him being
The lady next to me had an exciting moment (she went oohhhh) when a male
dancer was leaping around and his thong showed beneath his costume! She was also
excited by the falling chandelier and ducked as it passed over, but I would
prefer to be further away. I found myself having to look from side to side on
occasions and had to look almost straight up to see the Phantom in the
On my first viewing (from the Upper Circle) I remember being amazed when the
rows of candles appeared for the Music of The Night scene, but from row C this
effect is muted, also the cloud which is so effective from further away obscures
the action I reckon rows G and H would be much better, or probably the main
green area of the Dress Circle.
I didn't find the seat very comfortable. The leg room was very good, but the
back of the seat wasn't very forgiving, it seemed a bit too straight. Not sure
if I will go again, certainly won't if I have to pay full price. After seeing it
four times it has lost some of the excitement and emotion I felt on the first
three occasions. This was the first show I ever saw in the West End and that is
always an exciting time for anyone. The man next to me was entranced and said it
was wonderful, exactly my reaction when I saw it first in 2000.
I got another half price ticket, this time for the stalls, row N seat 14 for
the matinee performance on March 13th 2007. A line from one of the songs goes
"Half the cast aren't here, but still the audience cheer" The same could be said
of this performance r.e. the use of understudies. Strangely there was no
announcement stating the changes in the cast, maybe because there were so many.
Ramin Karimloo played the Phantom. Rachel Barrell played Christine and Andrew
Thwaite was Raoul, and there was a stand in conductor as well. When I arrived
home to look at the cast list I thought Rachel Barrell was an understudy for the
understudy. In reality she is, but a little research told me she played
Christine from September 2004 to October 2006 and received very good reviews, so
hardly an understudy!
I enjoyed this performance much more than two weeks ago (above) when I was
seated almost right at the front in row C seat 11. The sound was much better
from row N. I picked up almost every word, the view was much better, especially
the effects and scenery. Also being further back meant I didn't have to look
from side to side when the action was spread out, and I didn't have to look
almost straight upwards trying to glimpse the Phantom in the chandelier. I felt
the seat was more comfortable as well, maybe as a result of me not having to
crane my neck from side to side and upwards. In my review of two weeks ago I
wrote about a wooden block at the front of the stage which appeared to contain
lighting, from further away I can confirm it does contain lighting, and it does
appear in the second act. It swivels when not in use and is flat on the stage.
I'm sure you all wanted to know about that. As the climax approached I felt my
eyes moisten and I was totally engrossed in the fine performances. The Phantom
magic has returned for me !
Went to see Phantom last night, 2nd May 2007, after finding an excellent meal
and a show deal on this site, ate well at the Mintleaf restaurant before the
show. Good meal, and good seats (A23 and A24, front row of Dress Circle.)
Really enjoyed the show, Earl Carpenter as Phantom and Rachel Barrell as a
superb Christine. Not much legroom in the front row of the Circle (I know, I
know, you warned us) but thoroughly enjoyed it, now seen it three times. When I
went to pick up the tickets, there was a rehearsal going on which you could hear
from the foyer. The box office clerk said they were ‘running in a new cast’ and
this made it even more enjoyable, queuing whilst listening to some good choral
I would just like to add my review of a most
wonderful and exhilarating performance of 'Phantom' (9th June 2007). We were in
row P which was just under the Dress Circle but in the middle, the only bit we
missed was the chandelier going higher up than we could see; but we saw the
Phantom on the top of the building.
I have always loved the music and have watched the recent DVD release a few
times but NOTHING compares to the live stage version. The music and pure voices
bring a lump to your throat and the way that the sets change around to create
the different scenes is amazing. The walkway down to the Phantom's lair was a
really slick and effective trick, and had you believing they were really walking
I cannot honestly fault anything at all and we are going again for certain -
it's the best show we have ever seen. If anybody sees just one show this year
make it "Phantom of The Opera!!" Beats the DVD any day!! I have played the
soundtrack every day since coming back, ha ha.
Our visit 9th June 2007 2.30pm performance.
Tracy (35), Simon (35) and son Chris (18)
Went to see Phantom again last week (June 2007) – it must be 15 years since I
last saw it. However, really enjoyed it – still produces the old goose bumps –
it has to be said the music is great.
We sat in the Royal Circle rows A and B (couldn’t get 6 tickets together) and
although one or two parts of the performance are out of view when they go to the
far side of the stage generally good seats.
The girl lead was very good, as was The Phantom although the same cannot be said
for Raoul – he had a very weak voice and was totally overpowered by Christina
(not sure of the name of girl who played her - but the dark haired one). I am
told by someone who saw the blond one, that they did not like her voice at all,
so lucky me that I got the other one!
Paid £25 for top price tickets from See Tickets so a good deal.
Lizzie still loves the Theatre!
We were disappointed in this production (August 2007), and aghast that Carlotta had a
much nicer voice than Christine! They should have switched roles.
We were in Row B, which is the first row, I am only 5' 2" and my knees were
crushed against a low black wall between me and the orchestra, sit further
back for a much better view.
I was disappointed when I found out the main actor would not be
playing the phantom. Nic Greenshields was in the role, however! He
was brilliant and earned the standing ovation he received at the
end. He was physically imposing, powerful, menacing and sensitive.
His voice was beautiful in my opinion he was the best phantom I have
I was sitting front row centre (B13 and 14) and found these seats to
be very good, experiencing no problems at all.
Still sorry he failed to get the girl!
16th November 2007
There are few productions still running in London with just as
much panache and zest as they had when they started, and I truly
think that Phantom is one of them. Not being a fan of Lloyd Webber
works, I must confess a soft spot for Phantom. The storyline is
cringing to say the least, but romantic in the smallest sense, and
the image that is associated with Phantom is one of love. Albeit
unrequited. Notable strong points of the production include
consistently strong leads, an engaging plot and characters that the
audience can empathise with. On the downside, the set and staging is
clever, but not used efficiently. It is too messy at times, and the
noise created by the set and crew moving it into position is
Her Majesty’s theatre is beautifully acoustic, and most of the
stalls and dress circle benefit from almost no amplified sound,
which is a rarity. Phantom is also a quiet musical, and does not
rely on deafening the audience to be effective, apart from the
natural crescendos within the score, and obviously the Phantoms
theme tune… The lighting is absurdly clever, as are most of the
This is a show well worth seeing, for boyfriends, girlfriends, no
friends or even just for an ordinary theatre night out. Still a top
show in the West End, and has the audience numbers to prove it!!
Undoubtedly Lloyd Webbers biggest achievement, but not his greatest
work. And would someone please get rid of the dummies used to make
the stage look busier than it actually is!!
Sat in seats K9 and 10 (Stalls), which provided a very good view, as
did all seats in that row, but I think the seats should be down
priced from Row N back, as they really are not worth full price.
Seats are slightly uncomfortable, but legroom was good. Belonging to
the 6 footer club, I have not yet had trouble fitting into seats at
l think this is a great performance, I would have to disagree
with the monkey saying it was ''lame.'' I always though opera was
amazing but this performance truly wins. I was seated in row L seat
5 - totally great seats - at Her Majesty's Theatre. The drinks at
the middle break were extremely expensive, but this is LONDON.
Ladies and Gentlemen adjust your binoculars and prepare for an
outstanding opera night...
I saw 'Phantom of the Opera' on the 23rd July 2008 at the evening
performance. The only reason I went was to see Alex Rathgeber,
because I had read a review about him titled 'London's Best Aussie'.
I had no interest in opera, only knew one song and only knew the
story in brief (and the Phantom was the only character I remembered)
before I went to see it. And after the first 10 minutes, I wondered
if Theatremonkey had seen the right show. I totally disagree with
Theatremonkey. I absolutely loved it. The whole thing blew me away.
I do admit that the first 2 scenes I hadn't a clue what was going
on, but after the Phantom makes his first appearance it makes sense.
I sat in the GRAND CIRCLE in Row H seats 26 and 27. Legroom was
just tolerable, but otherwise comfortable. The view of the stage is
mainly good, however the corner of the stage (Down-Stage Right in
the correct theatre terms) cannot be seen from these seats, and
anywhere in this part of the circle, so everyone leans forward and
that just makes it harder for you to see. In fact, I would say about
a maximum of 10 minutes through the whole show is spent watching
people lean. However, with the quality of the show the price is
still value for money. Some of the key moments happen on Down-Stage
Right, but fortunately the singing and lines are so clear you can
visualise it for yourself.
I enjoyed it very much, my whole opinion of opera has changed.
Although 'pure opera' to me is when it is just singing, no acting.
You won't see me at those kind of things. Anyway, yes I loved it.
'Christine' played by Leila Benn Harris was amazing and loved her to
bits. She had the voice of a goddess. And no matter how creepy Ramin
Karimloo's 'Phantom' can be, his singing is beautiful and will blow
you away. And as for Alex Rathgeber, the review I read is not nearly
complimentary enough. He was by far an amazing singer and actor.
Truly stole the show at times. In fact we were so impressed we went
to the Stage Door (and missed our train, but it was worth it). Leila
did not come out in time for us to see her, but Alex and Ramin did.
Alex was very charming, the nicest actor I've ever met. And as my
friend said to him 'he has nice hair'. And Ramin looks so different
in person (because the make-up is very professional), but bless him
he's actually so cute and you can tell he is so overwhelmed with all
the fans. Unfortunately, my camera had no battery and was charging
at home so I'm definitely going back to get photos, which they very
kindly pose for.
A must see West End Production. Don't miss it, or the Phantom'
will appear inside your mind and haunt you till you get a ticket.
After waiting over 20 years to see 'Phantom' I finally made it
over to the West End last week (10th September 2008). I was a little
worried when I read about the huge cast overhaul that had been made
a couple of days prior but I needn't have worried - I found the show
magical, I sat mesmerised throughout the whole performance and had
constant shivers running up and down my spine that started the
moment they raised the chandelier at the auction house to the very
end, it was wonderful!
Ramin Karimloo made a wonderful 'Phantom', Gina Beck an amazing
'Christine' (what a voice!), after reading a few reviews about 'Raoul'
being a bit drippy in a few performances I was expecting to hate
whoever played him but was more than pleasantly surprised when Simon
Bailey appeared. Kate Radmilovic and Rohan Tickell as 'Carlotta'
(she really was fantastic) and 'Piangi' were fabulous. In fact the
whole cast were just brilliant, I could watch this show over and
over again if given the chance.
Seats were great, we had G15 (aisle) and G16 in the Stalls. Legroom
was adequate for two 5' 10" people, one with a larger than average
bottom (!) and long legs although some shifting was required
occasionally. Terrific view of the stage and actors, it was great to
be close enough to see the expressions on their faces. I would most
definitely book these seats again.
Having read a previous reviewer mention the rather cool
air-conditioning I came equipped with a warm cardigan - I should
have left it at home, I was so warm and didn't feel any kind of cool
air in the theatre at all - I left the theatre rather red-faced with
One thing I will point out, we treated ourselves to the 'RoyalBox
Sharing Canapés' - what a waste of money! They were very nice, but
for £24 we were expecting more than 12 tiny little bite sized
treats, they were gone in seconds! We also booked drinks for the
interval and reserved a table, or so we thought, but when we got
there our drinks and canapés had just been put on a table and two
other people had nicked the seats around it, so we had to stand to
eat and drink.
A wonderfully memorable evening and well worth the 20 year wait to
see the show - may it continue another 20 years!
Went to see 'The Phantom of the Opera' for a second time on 29th
October 2008 in the evening. I'll keep this short as I have done a
review before. The story is amazing as ever and the new cast
(different from the last time) was just as good if not better. Gina
Beck is a brilliant actress as is Simon Bailey and of course the
much loved Ramin.
Sat in STALLS Row N seats 17 and 18. Being only £10 more than
where we sat in the Grand Circle Row J before, these seats are much
much better. They are more central and much closer to the action.
The sound is perfect, the view is perfect and this time there was
lots of legroom. You don't miss a thing at these seats, and they
made the show much more enjoyable.
Went to the stage door. All the cast is friendly and gives out
autographs and takes photos. Very nice people!
Get your tickets soon (although I think as it's been on so long,
it won't be ending anytime soon and I can see why).
I recently saw Phantom at Her Majesty's Theatre as an early 2008
Christmas present for a friend. We were allocated seats in the Grand
Circle; K22 and 23. All I can say is if I ever did it again (and I
won't) I would avoid these seats.
Our seats were on the back row at the aisle, and I have sat in
similar seating at many other shows without problem. The show
started on time and approximately 5 minutes later, approximately 25
latecomers arrived separately in small groups and were seated in
with ushers along the Grand Circle.
The latecomers were held back our side, and then began lots of
standing by Ushers in the middle of the aisle waiting to place the
theatregoers. Some problem was occurring and the management were
called and then more waiting followed and hovering in the eyeline
edge continued. None of it was discreet.
This went on with door banging by ushers for about 30 minutes
whilst we sat waiting in edgy anticipation that everyone would get
seated successfully - Phew is was a relief when they were.
Unfortunately by this time we felt completely disconnected from the
scene on stage and this was seemingly the case also for the
latecomers who commenced to chat quite openly. Although the
disruption was palpable the show itself lacked heart and we hadn't
developed any compassion for the characters ...but it all looked
When we left and teemed out onto the street we saw an advertisement
for the forthcoming De Niro movie, 'What just happened?' we laughed
out loud because that summed up perfectly our experience at Her
Never again !
I went to see this on Monday 5th January 2009, my first visit. We
had seats D22 and D23 in the stalls, tickets bought via the annual
'Get into London Theatre' offer.
Legroom was ample and the view was fantastic, I think we saw
everything there was to see, so didn't feel restricted in anyway.
The theatre was quite warm for a chilly night, only felt cold when
side door near the seats was open.
Ramin Karimloo was fantastic as 'Phantom', but personally I felt he
was outdone by 'Christine' played by Katy Hall, her singing was
I am now hooked and want to go and see it again.
My girlfriend and I went to see 'Phantom of the Opera' last night
(6th January 2009). I had seen it once before, years ago, and she
had never seen it. We sat, on the recommendation of this website and
one or two others, in seats 18 and 19 of row C of the Royal Circle -
the very best seats in the entire theatre. They were dead centre, we
had not a single obstruction and could see every aspect of the
production perfectly. Legroom was ample, and so long as nobody in
front of you leans forward, you needn't move for the entire duration
of the show. The tickets were £40 each, reduced from £55 each as
part of a Christmas offer; I would have happily paid full price
given the quality of the seats and of the show.
We agree with your view that the show is 'lame', although I
personally enjoyed it having embraced that fact. I thoroughly
enjoyed the show and the music was played beautifully. It's not the
greatest score in the world (that title belongs to 'Les
Misérables'), but it is successful in so much as it does all that it
is designed to do. There is a real depth of emotion conveyed by the
music and the stage performances of the actors was excellent.
Sadly, I felt that Ramin Karimloo's performance as the Phantom
was weak vocally - it certainly did not live up to the hype I had
heard. His stage presence was good and he certainly had a haunting
quality, but I felt that his singing was a bit too 'pop star'-esque
for the role. Katy Hall as Christine was magnificent, her voice was
excellent and she acted well in addition to singing well. The rest
of the cast were very good, and it was a great evening.
I have seen 'Phantom of the Opera' many many times. I have seen
actors and I have to say that the current cast, led by Ramin
is one of the strongest.
Ramin is different every time. He seems to
live the role and somehow seems to keep him fresh every time I've
it. As for his voice, I don't see how some can say it's weak. Yes
he's contemporary and rocky but it is what it is. But he has some
much power and dynamics. It's nice to hear the different levels he's
brought to the role. He doesn't just over sing every thing. Yet he
does bring an element of Opera to the role too. But always, he's
of passion. For an untrained singer his natural vocal technique is
He has brought a fresh take on the role and a vitality
which is refreshing after some of the Phantoms I've seen who seem to
have just walked through the role. Even when I've heard Ramin when
he's sick he still manages to produce a heart felt Phantom. He has
two great Christine's in Gina Beck and Robyn North. I think the
connection between Ramin and Robyn is very electric and sexy. Gina
a sweet Christine too. Simon Bailey is a fiery Raoul and the tension
between him and Ramin in the final lair is amazing. The managers are
the best I've seen in my humble opinion.
The show is fresh again and it's definitely worth the ticket price.
The seats in the theatre are all fairly good. Obviously the
restricted ones have their downfalls but at least you know that in
So go see the show. Ramin is worth the ticket price alone.
We saw 'Phantom of the Opera' on 7th January 2009. We sat in the
stalls row G seats 15 to 18 (GREEN on the Monkey's plan). I am 5'
11" tall and my knees where jammed against the seat in front. The
young man sitting behind me (who was taller than me) spent the whole
performance with his knees banging against the back of my seat! I
could not say anything as we were all so cramped together - it looks
like they have added an extra row of seats and pushed the other
seats really close together. Great view of the stage and all the
action but no enough leg room!
I went to see 'The Phantom of the Opera' on the 10th April 2009
with a friend and we were sat in the stalls row F19 and 20. These
seats are very good. You are close to the stage without being too
close, you can see the actors faces clearly; and the famous
chandelier is just to the right of you a little bit when it goes up
and down so it's not very scary being under it. The only thing I
could think of that annoyed me about sitting in these seats is that
Gina Beck (who plays Christine) had her back to us in some of the
scenes, so we couldn't see her reactions to the other characters.
The show is still one of the best I've ever seen and it's amazing
how long its been running. All the principles were on, which was
great for me. Gina Beck was Christine and she was phenomenal. her
voice went so high and I really liked her portrayal of the role, she
didn't act too much like a scared young girl.
Simon Bailey was Raoul, and he was really good considering the part
he plays makes him look like a wuss. He has a strong voice and I
think he will make a good Phantom in the future. Ramin Karimloo was
the Phantom and vocally I thought he was quite weak. I have seen
this show twice before with John Owen Jones and I think JOJ had the
better voice. However Ramin was very moving in 'Music of the Night'
and his acting was the best I've ever seen. He portrays the Phantom
as autistic, and he had all these mannerisms that I picked up on
straight away. He made me cry at the end, he was just so incredible
- especially when imitating the music box and when Christine gave
the ring back. I will be going back soon to see this wonderful show!
I went to see the show in March 2009 and we sat in row C of the
stalls, seats C11, C12, and C13. The view was excellent as it was
really close to the actors. Unfortunately, the conductor was in the
way for some of the time and when the dry ice with the boat scene
happened, we could not see anything as the dry ice completely cut
off our view - and it became very cold for a while. Otherwise they
were excellent seats.
24th April 2009:
Seats: Royal Circle row C 24 and 25. Brilliant view, although
little leg room - but that is because the theatre is old, so has to
Ramin Karimloo was spectacular as the Phantom. I did not expect to
sob as much as I did, having seen the musical many times and knowing
the storyline, but this man is exceptional. He brought back a
vulnerability to the role that hasn't been seen in a Phantom since
Michael Crawford in my opinion. Go see this man in this role before
he leaves. The whole cast were fantastic but this man is one to
Saw "Phantom" last night for the first time (6th May 2009). I am only 13 and have
seen over 20 musicals in the West End.
'Phantom' was special. I went with my friend, who is also 13, and I
loved it; sadly, she didn't. She had fallen asleep after
the first act.
I loved it. the special effects were among the best I
have ever seen in a theatre, the music and the acting
- I loved every minute of it. It started as soon as I entered the
theatre; it was a lovely, grand and majestic theatre - it made you feel
like you were in the Paris Opera House.
Sat in Dress Circle row
A22 and 23 and they were excellent seats. I never have a problem with
legroom in the dress circle; I find the D/C my preferred place to sit
in the theatre to the stalls. However, I did find this seat a little
myself, however not tight enough to decrease my enjoyment of the
show. Loved every minute of it. 11/10.
I went to see The Phantom of The Opera on the 1st December 2009
with a group of friends. We had stall seats from D7 through to D16
as there was 10 of us. I was responsible for buying the tickets
hence I had checked reviews of the seats using TheatreMonkey, which
I found was very useful. D7 through to D16 were fantastic seats,
probably the best seats in the house. We were 3 rows from the front,
and was very close to the stage. The music was fantastic, and the
singing was mind blowing. We were right underneath the chandelier. I
would recommend row D and above. It was worth the money. I can't
wait to see Love Never Dies!"
Myself and three of my friends booked tickets to see Phantom for the
5th of January 2010, and should have taken the adverse weather as
the first sign that we should have stayed at home.
Firstly, I should say that our seats were perfect. We were front row
of the Dress circle and the view could simply not have been better.
On taking our seats we could not help but notice how impressive the
set looked even pre-show. Unfortunately, the problems only started
after the show had begun.
After showing initial promise with some very impressive effects, it
soon became apparent that the cast was not able to keep up with the
set. They were outdone by every other department working on the
show. It is, in a word, spectacular, by which I mean that it is all
spectacle. Wardrobe, lighting, the set and the orchestra were all
very appealing but the cast and direction completely floundered.
The staging was clumsy with actors spending much of the show
wandering the stage looking as if they couldn't find a mark and even
when they did their delivery was sub-standard. I know this is
musical theatre and that perhaps it requires more suspension of
disbelief than other theatre, but in this case the only thing that
could have suspended my disbelief was if you sentenced it to life.
Phantom and Christine were unconvincing and overworked, while Raoul
fell into the usual trap of being a charisma vacuum. The supporting
cast frankly just seemed happy to be there.
Phantom's 23 years have led to it becoming stagnant. It needs a
reason to be kept going; new energy and fervour. As it is, it plays
like the West End's granddad on life support, while there are young,
vibrant shows out there in Theatreland. Come on Phantom, people need
a reason not to pull the plug.
Thought I'd drop you a line with regard to my most recent trip to
London to finally catch "Phantom," a show that I've wanted to
witness for a long time but not enough to fork out for the
always-top price and hard-to-get-without-booking-early seats!
Anyway, only last week we plumped for two £40 tickets via See
Tickets and rolled up to Her Majesty's on Friday night (29th January
Overall, myself and my fiancée both really enjoyed the show. I left
the theatre feeling like I'd just witnessed a show that was easy to
see quite why it's been so successful, and I surprisingly had a new
appreciation for much of the music - that, until Friday, wasn't
particularly appealing to me. The atmosphere created was a
particular plus-point for me, and by the end of show I was hooked.
That said, it did take some time for me to get to "know" the central
characters - so to speak - but we were in the Upper Circle and I
think you always get wrapped-up in things a lot quicker when sat
down in the Stalls.
I'm a big fan of the classic Universal Horror Movies so found myself
quickly enjoying the general mood of the piece and the creepiness of
the Phantom inhabiting all parts of the theatre. Even though I think
you can tell that the show is now 20+ years old from a number of the
effects, it still worked; but after hearing so many chandelier
stories I must admit to feeling a little disappointed when the thing
"crashed" down - Hmmmmm. I was far more impressed when it came to
life and was lifted up at the end of the Auction Scene. I "didn't
get" that the old guy bidding for the music box was actually Raoul
and I think if ever I watched this again it would have more impact
as I did enjoy the unusual opening to the show. It was impossible to
not be impressed by many of the sets; I loved the opening of Act 2
on the grand staircase and what's not to like about a moving
gondola, dry ice and let's-pretend candles!
Not being a big fan of the majority of music used throughout (in
particular when they were supposed to be actually performing in an
opera) much of it did nothing for me, and I found myself hoping many
numbers would hurry along. That said though, the songs that we all
know (and love?) were used to very dramatic effect and quite
simply... worked. Much of the "romance" is over-the-top and
dramatic, but as I don't often watch shows of this nature it didn't
really give me cause to be critical as I expected this when I
entered the theatre. It's certainly not a musical that I'd rush out
and buy the OCR straight after but more perhaps pluck a handful of
the best ones from i-tunes (or alternatively just nab my mother's
'Andrew Lloyd Webber Collections'!).
Whilst I thought the cast was good, no-one really blew me away. I've
come away from some musicals raving about the likes of Kerry Ellis
and Laura Michelle Kelly, but I'm none the wiser about the three
leads in Phantom, and to be honest have no interest in looking up
their bio's. That said, they were perfectly adequate; and, of them
all, I thought the role of Madame Giry was played brilliantly.
We paid £40 + booking fee for Seats B27 and 28 in the Grand Circle,
and whilst I'd never usually choose seats this high-up, I'd read on
good authority (i.e. here) that the Grand Circle isn't particularly
high. Coupled with a very limited choice of seats, I went for these.
We were generally happy with the seats - but they should be clearly
identified as "Restricted," as my aisle seat (and much more so the
seat next to me), often had a blocked view of the performance,
especially when the action was Stage Right. It's typical that much
of the show seemed to take place here - with very little on the
alternative side of the stage - so, with that in mind I highly
recommend sitting to the right hand side of the theatre if choosing.
As per usual, Row B suffers from your view being spoilt if people in
front lean over; I found myself envying the people sat in the
central section in Row A as they paid the same price as me but are
great seats. They've got it right in so much as the seats get less
expensive as you move toward the wall, but the seats on the aisle
and adjacent to that should also be reduced. Plenty of leg room for
the aisle seats, as lots of room in front, but was also adequate
when moving in.
Overall we had a memorable night seeing a show that's rightly
heralded as a classic - it hasn't jumped to the top of the list of
my favourites, but in fairness a show with as much music in this
particular style is never going to rank quite as highly as some
others. I'll definitely be looking to check out "Love Never Dies."
I went to see Phantom last night
(18th June 2010) and thought I would submit a review of our
seats. We were in E 10, 11 and 12 in the stalls and they were
very good. Probably the best view I have ever had at the
theatre. Almost central, four rows from the front, right under
the chandelier and with plenty of legroom for my 6ft 2ins
frame. We paid top price for them but well worth the money.
I've just returned home from the matinee of "Phantom" (2nd
October 2010), a show that I've seen about 30 times, but not been
for 4 years until now. I'm not overly keen on it, but my girlfriend
wished to see it, so off we went.
I have to say I was more impressed than I was expecting. Scott
Davies was back as the Phantom, a role he played a few years ago,
and was mightily impressive. He was a constantly twitching, nervous
character, rather like an alcoholic who is desperate for a drink but
cannot get one. I think Mr Davies must be one of the most
experienced Phantoms by now, and his performance really shows that.
Sofia Escobar is a superb Christine, young and naive, and in fine
voice. The management pairing of Barry James (greatest Thenardier in
my opinion) and Gareth Snook are the best I've seen, they work well
together. Carlotta and Piangi I cannot comment on - I find the
characters terribly irritating. Will Barret as Raoul, well, sorry
but he's awful. Maybe he is quite new to the role, I'm not sure, but
he is instantly forgettable; and there was far greater chemistry
between Christine and the Phantom - she should have stayed with the
Phantom and told Raoul to clear off!
That's it really, one last thing - Scott Davies received a
standing ovation when he came on to take his bow - this was the only
standing ovation I've ever witnessed for this show, I think it was
mainly for his own performance as opposed to the show as a whole.
Saw Phantom this week (December 2010) for the first time and was
blown away! John Owen-Jones was playing the Phantom and I was so
impressed by his range, acting and general musicality. His voice is
superb and he really made the show. Christine was also very good and
played the character well. Her voice was brilliant and she had a
hard task hitting all those high notes but she did it every time. I
have to say that Raoul was no match for the Phantom but he did his
best and, along with the rest of the cast, produced a great show.
The set and props were used well and it is always interesting to see
how a show can use the space. In this instance they use height and
there were some exciting moments!
Some people have thought that the show dragged but I think that is
par for the course with musicals when they are a couple of hours
long, and actually I was eager for the second half to start as I was
really enjoying the performance.
I went with my mother and sister, neither of whom were particularly
keen to see it, but we had time to kill so went for the matinee and
were really glad we did! We came out of the show on cloud 9, so
emotional and uplifted by the sterling performances and still
singing the music of the night!
We managed to get seats in the stalls, row M 17 to 19 and were very
pleased as the visibility is great. Pretty central and close to the
stage so you can really experience the show. There isn't much space
as the theatre is small so it does feel a bit cramped but not too
Brian McCann but as Phantom he can’t!
As a 45th birthday treat for my Wife we travelled from South Wales
to see the Phantom ( for the umpteenth time!) in January 2011.
We knew the night before via Twitter that John Owen-Jones would not
be the Phantom due to illness but knew that we would be in safe
hands with Scott Davies as the understudy. How wrong we were!
Brian McCann (named as swing on the website) donned the mask and was
completely ill-prepared for the role. He couldn’t have been more out
of his depth if the boat had capsized in Act 1! He completely lacked
stage presence, had no voice to speak of and overdid the histrionics
to the point that the Phantom became a caricature rather than a
The rest of the cast were completely fine, notably Sofia Escobar who
was excellent as Christine.
I feel sorry for anyone who has the misfortune to experience this
particular Phantom. It’s an iconic role that demands much of its
performer, far too much it seems for Mr McCann.
McCann’s masterpiece provides the perfect Phantom
Let’s get it clear: Paul Johnson of Port Talbot could not be more
wrong in his summary of Brian McCann’s performance as understudy
My wife and I were very much looking forward to seeing John
Owen-Jones as Phantom, after recently seeing his superb Valjean.
Whilst a little disappointed that we were seeing the understudy, we
came with open minds. (11th January 2011 matinee, Stalls G12 and
My praise is reserved for McCann’s masterpiece performance,
combining a slight subtle stature with an explosive, concentrated,
resonant Phantom. McCann’s Phantom is sensual, poignant and
powerful, beautifully vulnerable, played and sung with aplomb. His
performance moves you. It reaches off the stage, grabs you by the
throat and begs you to empathise or at least sympathise with his
(I rank McCann’s performance with some of the greats that I have
been lucky enough to see, including Robert Stephens, John Wood,
Simon Russell Beale, Philip Quast, Kenneth Branagh, Steve Balsamo,
and John Owen Jones.)
Brian McCann should be proud of his performance. It was a privilege
to see such a brilliant understudy and, whilst my wife and I will
return for the matinee on 18th January hoping to see John Owen
Jones, if Brian McCann happens to be playing again we know that we
will not be disappointed.
(And, no, we are not ‘Phans’ or groupies. We simply want to catch
JOJ as Phantom before the imminent arrival of our baby, as we will
be unable to do much theatre afterwards.)
PS: Paul Johnson’s review referred to histrionics and caricature
that weren’t evident on this occasion. I rarely feel compelled to
‘correct’ a review, but such vitriolic bile is unjustified. McCann’s
Phantom has a depth and dimension beyond Johnson’s shallow review.
McCann as Phantom = Phenomenal!
I was very shocked to read Paul Johnsons review of Phantom, notably
his opinion/attack on Mr McCann. How anyone can say 'he had no voice
to speak of' is beyond me. I understand people have different tastes
but this is ridiculous!
I went to see the show on Sat 8th January 2011 and was overwhelmed
by Brian McCanns Phantom performance. He has tremendous stage
presence, his voice is flawless and the energy he put into the role
was clear for all to see. I have seen this show about 4-5 times over
the years and I for one was moved to tears by his performance.
Also, for the record, Brian McCann is a 'swing'* in the programme -
yes, but he is also listed as 'first cover'** for the Phantom, Scott
Davies is the standby Phantom, i.e., the 'alternate.'***
I hope to see Brian reprising the role in the future as Phantom
himself, and not as his understudy. In my opinion, he is well worthy
(Editor's note: * 'Swing' - performer who can fill in for a
number of other performers if they are absent. Usually highly
talented and skilled as they need to learn many roles in the show
very precisely and may take over at a moment's notice. ** 'First
Cover' the first choice actor to take a lead role in case of
another's illness. *** 'Alternate' An actor assigned to play a lead
role on fixed dates when the lead actor is absent either on holiday
or taking a 'rest' day each week.)
Two friends and I went to the matinee performance of 'Phantom' on
the 18th January 2011. The first thing to say is that our seats in
the stalls, Row F were fabulous, made even better by the fact that
the rows in front of us were filled by school children which helped
provide a flawless view of the action.
We had hoped to see the incumbent Phantom, John Owen-Jones after
being mightily impressed by his latest performances in the 'Les Mis'
tour and the 'Three Phantoms' concert but unfortunately illness had
struck and so with much trepidation we took our seats to watch his
alternate Scott Davies.
Having seen the show a few times before we had our own personal
taste on how we like our Phantoms to be portrayed and were not sure
how Scott would fare - we needn’t have worried. Although, perhaps
not the strongest Phantom vocally, Scott provided his audience with
a performance that was powerful and innovative.
The day was made even better when regardless of the fact he would
be performing later Scott spent around fifteen minutes at stage door
talking and having pictures with us. He is a true gentleman and a
real star in a profession where there are few. The rest of the cast
were as usual fantastic. Needless to say when we see this production
again Mr. Owen-Jones has a lot of convincing to do.
Went to see 'Phantom' on December 8th 2010 - sat in M 28 and 27
in the stalls (if my memory serves me!) and the seats are
excruciatingly uncomfortable. Tiny (child sized it appeared), and
old - they leave you aching by the end of the performance. This
theatre is in need of a massive refurb. These are probably the most
uncomfortable stalls we have ever been in but the view is excellent
and the small theatre itself (looking from the stalls) is lovely,
very sweet and intimate but desperately need new updated seats!!
'Phantom' is one I have been putting off, as it is a 'must see' but
kept getting knocked down my list of priorities... but as I was
outvoted on this occasion, I went with an open mind but with no
expectations... as I was a bit apprehensive about whether I would
enjoy it or not... I was very pleasantly surprised. I really did
have an excellent time and I would want to see it again.
Sofia Escobar and John Owen-Jones were incredible as the two leads,
both with a combination of astonishingly good voices and great
acting. Will Barratt as Raoul was very good, if not particularly
The music is very enjoyable and much more familiar than I expected.
My one criticism (perhaps controversially) is that on several
occasions, especially apparent in Notes/Twisted In Every Way in Act
Two, there are too many people singing different lines over each
other to hear what anyone is singing individually. Unfortunately
this just makes it confusing and far too abstract to be enjoyable or
helpful to the storyline in any way.
Having said this, these low points do not take away from the rest
of the musical that when they hit the mark are absolutely
breathtaking (such as Music of the Night or All I Ask of You - all
Overall I loved it and found it very enjoyable, and I would
17th February 2011, stalls Row G Seat 22. This seat provided a
great view of the stage action. I found the leg room really good for
my 6ft frame, the seat padding seemed quite thin though but it was
comfortable. For the (access rate) of £29.75 I thought it was great
John Owen Jones was great as the Phantom and the music is still
as great as ever. I am still undecided whether Stalls or Royal
Circle is the best position for this show though.
My criticism of this theatre and show is that unless you book
early, the theatre's seat allocations are actually not great
(because ticket agencies take their allocations apparently),
especially if like me you are picky with were you sit with
Theatremonkey's advice at the ready!
May 2011. This was the first time either of us had seen this.
We were both absolutely blown away by the beginning when the music
starts and the chandelier begins its ascent. It made the hairs on
the back of my neck stand up and I went all shivery! This show is an
amazing visual spectacle and I would definitely go and see it again
for that aspect of it alone.
The scene with the gondola, the dry ice and the candles was
breathtaking and seamlessly done.
John Owen Jones stole the show for us, his voice is unbelievable. He
evoked a lot of sympathy in the role.
I did enjoy the first half more than the second - I found a couple
of the scenes in the second half overly long really. Also, I am not
a huge fan of Charles Hart's lyrics and the way words are sometimes
crammed into songs, whether they fit or not (and quite often they
don't rhyme which bugs me!)
That said, this is a great show and I don't think you can be a
regular West End theatre goer and not see it.
We sat in the Grand Circle, Row B16 and B17. The head of the man in
front of me obscured my view slightly and my partner (who is 6'4")
found that the legroom was not sufficient for him and he was a bit
uncomfortable and had to keep shifting in his seat. It is a central
position so good from that point of view and I would say it is
probably one of the best places to get a good view of the chandelier
going up and going down!
Having read very mixed reviews of the front row seats at Her
Majesty's Theatre I was a bit nervous about going to see 'The
Phantom of the Opera 'for the 5th time and this time in row B seat
6. But I had no need to worry at all! I'm 5.4 and I had no problem
with the leg room and the stage wasn't very high so you could see
everything even at the back of the stage. The only "problem" is that
you're so close that you have to decide where to look when a lot is
happening at once as you can't see everything at the same time. For
a first time goer I would recommend a seat further back but for
someone who has seen the show at least once before it is absolutely
perfect! I just love being close to the action and to be able to see
the actors faces and costumes properly!
9th July 2011.
I shall focus on my experience with buying the tickets, rather than
the show itself (which was obviously outstandingly amazing!!!)
I'd been wanting to see the show for ages, but didn't fancy paying a
massive amount for the tickets. Therefore I thought day seats would
be perfect. I phoned the See Tickets box office number the day
before I went (as the theatre does not have its own telephone line)
to check that you could purchase day seats like other theatres in
London. Having been told by the representative that yes you could in
fact buy tickets on the door, at a cheaper price for the best seats
in the house, we set off extra early, and arrived at the theatre at
about 8.45am for the doors to open at 10am. A small queue formed
behind us from about 9.30am, and at 10am, the doors opened and we
were first to the box office window. After asking the very helpful
woman behind the desk whether they had seats available, she informed
us that Her Majesty's theatre does not offer day seats, never has
and never will. Slightly perplexed, I informed her of the
conversation had the day previously with a See box office member of
staff, she hinted that this keeps happening and See continually give
out wrong information, and that I should make a formal complaint to
them about what had happened.
Not to be put off from seeing the show, we ended up paying £62.50
each for seats 13 and 14 in Row J stalls, as having got there early,
queued up etc, we weren't prepared to have second rate seats. The
view from here was brilliant, and absolutely fantastic for the
chandelier moments, as well as enabling you to see the Phantom at
the top of the rig (which you would miss out on if further forward
or under the overhang if further back). The leg room however was
ridiculous, and I couldn't have my legs directly in front of me. It
would seem this row has been made smaller due to the premium seats
in front of it, but having the asile seat meant I could stretch my
legs out fully was the only saving grace. Sitting anywhere else in
this row, I would have had to change seats, as I physically wouldn't
have been able to last the duration of the performance (34inch
legs...) Thankfully, the overwhelming performance and amazing view
made me quickly forget about the leg room, but feel this should be
mentioned when you buy the tickets.
To return to the See Tickets 'incorrect information issue', I
emailed them the next day outlining the problem I had encountered. I
had to phone See again, and after much discussion over the phone,
they begrudgingly gave me their complaints department email address
(something very difficult to find online). Multiple emails bounced
between me and a specific person, wanting to know the date I phoned,
the exact time, who I previously spoke to, the number I phoned
from..... (all of which I was unable to provide) This went on for a
week, and finally they said they were unable to find any trace of my
call, as I was unable to provide enough information, but they did
not doubt that I had indeed phoned, and that i was told incorrect
information, and that they would refund me the full price of one of
my tickets. Result! After providing them with the booking reference
number on the ticket, I have the money back in my account, and was
actually amazed at their ability to help me out (after being so
Thursday 20th October 2011: 7.30pm.
After one emotional rollercoaster of a show ('Ghost') I went on
to my next, Phantom. Kleenex was my friend that day. I had booked
row E seat 1 of the royal circle for that night's performance as I
had been wanting to see Katie Hall as Christine for AGES - and I was
also pleased at the thought of seeing John Owen Jones as the
Phantom, as I had previously seen the two actors in the 'Les Mis'
tour last year. However it was not to be... When I got to the show
and saw the cast board, Scott Davies was listed as the Phantom
alongside Katie; and I had one other understudy - Marc Vastenavont
Having seen Scott before I was a little disappointed, as I hadn't
been impressed with him on that occasion. However I decided I would
give him the benefit of the doubt.
My view was very good. I couldn't see the chandelier rise all the
way up to the ceiling due to the next level overhanging, but of the
stage it was very good. I just about saw Raoul and the managers in
their box during 'Think Of Me'.
Katie Hall as Christine was what I hoped. she was blo*dy
brilliant. She is so young, which is how the part was written, and
her voice was so powerful where it needed to be. Anna Forbes as Meg
seemed to change the way she played Meg the last time I saw her with
Sofia. With Sofia she seemed a bit more mature to compliment; but
with Katie she acted so much younger, they did seem like childish
yet lovable girlfriends.
Killian impressed me straight away. He is a very strong Raoul,
not foppish and weedy at all. I truly wanted him to kick the
Phantom's butt and get the girl, ha ha. The other principles were
also very good. Barry James and Gareth Snook are a brilliant pairing
when it comes to the managers, and Wendy Ferguson worked so well
with Marc they also seemed to bring some comedy and personality in
...Which brings me to talk about the Phantom, Scott Davies. I
actually started off really liking his performance. He seemed so
active and young around Katie, he was bouncing around the stage. He
sang brilliantly in the title song, and in 'Music Of The Night' he
acted and sung flawlessly. I was beginning to change my opinion of
him. But towards the end of Act 1, in the 'All I Ask Of You' reprise
he seemed to lose his way. When he tried to bellow 'you will curse
the day ...' his voice just cracked massively and you could barely
hear him as he struggled to get the rest of the line out. It was
such a shame. I hoped, given the intermission, he would have time to
recover - but it was as if he had given up. The rest of the show he
seemed very tired and bland. His voice cracked twice more during the
second half, and I felt a little bit sorry for him because I can
imagine that is one of the worst things that could happen to anyone
on stage. He seemed to pick up a little in the final scene and I did
feel pity for his Phantom as he told Christine he loved her and then
his facial expression when she gave him back his ring.
I really enjoyed the show and everyone else was really good.
However I do wish I had seen Mr Owen Jones instead. Maybe I will get
a chance now the tour has announced Katie Hall as Christine and John
Owen Jones to share the role of Phantom with Earl Carpenter. I wish
this cast all the best for the rest of their contract, and I hope to
see it again soon.
18th November 2011, 7:30pm
I sat in the Upper Circle's B36, which is priced at £21 due to its
very restricted view. You can see the full body of the actors and
set from the centre over to stage left wings. From centre to stage
right wings, you slowly are able to see less and less... You will be
able to see the top halves of the actors when they dwell in the
stage right area unless they are very far upstage right or very
However, this musical is one of the few shows that uses the stage
space in a constantly varied way. It is never a consistent struggle
to see the actors, since they are always moving around. The other
great thing is that you are not distracted by backstage activity -
very professionally/smoothly done with black masking and
respectfulness to audience members. In this seat, you are sitting
next to a spotlight operator, but the gentleman I sat beside was
Additionally, I am a 6ft tall fellow, and felt very comfortable,
since I was on the aisle. I'd recommend this seat, even for a first
timer, as long as they are not a grump, and are a theatre fan who
doesn't mind a really close view with a bit of a restriction.
I first saw 'Phantom' in the West End over 20 years ago and
cannot believe I waited till November 2011 to see it again - twice!
For the first performance I sat in a premium-priced seat in the
stalls and for the second right on the front row, (I decided on this
because I had the misfortune lately to end up behind some pretty
tall people when sitting further back, which can somewhat ruin the
enjoyment even in top-priced seats!). I had worried I would be too
near, but as the stage is not so high as it is in productions such
as 'We Will Rock You' at the Dominion Theatre was, for me it was PERFECT
(in spite of less leg room than usual on a front row) and wonderful
to be so close and to see all the facial expressions of the
During the first performance I saw Sofia Escobar in the role of
Christine Daaé and she was truly outstanding, with the most
beautiful voice. During the second I saw Katie Hall. Having seen
Katie in the 25th anniversary concert of Les Miserables, I knew she
had a good voice, but had no IDEA just how powerful it really was
since the part of Christine in Phantom is way more demanding than
that of Cosette in Les Mis! Katie's vocal range is out of this world
and I feel so lucky to have seen both Katie and Sofia and could not
choose who played it better! Killian Donnelly as Raul was very
endearing - he has a nice voice and his acting was wonderful (and
what a lovely chap he is too in real life!), but the true star of
the show has to be the one and only John Owen Jones as the Phantom.
He acted, sang and performed to utter perfection and left us in
tears! I first saw John playing the part of one of the students in
Les Mis many years ago - he stood out even then! So it is no
surprise to me he has gone from strength to strength in his career,
and the role of Phantom is surely one of the most demanding on any
singer. John did not let the audience down once - he is faultless,
and I feel so lucky to have seen him play the part.
The music was haunting, the orchestra was outstanding right from
the start, and as the chandelier rises, you just know this is going
to be something special! Being on the front row, we were able to
look down in the pit and thank the musicians in person at the end -
WOW were they good and deserve appreciation! Thank you to all the
cast and crew of Phantom for unforgettable evenings and many happy
memories - can't wait for the next time!!
Fiona in Florence.
21st January 2012.
Grand Circle, Seats D14, D15 and D16 were fantastic. Great views
and right in the middle of the seating so good overall view and
Booked these seats having reviewed them on this website
beforehand and would like to add my recommendation as I was very
I am demanding a refund for the two tickets I purchased through
lastminute.com for the 14th February 2012 performance of Phantom.
Buying through lastminute meant I couldn’t choose my seats…
Our Valentine’s celebration was ruined by a) the restricted view we
had from our seats on the back row of the Royal Circle - H17 and H18
and b) the intolerable heat.
The overhang of the upper circle blocks the view of the upper part
of the stage from row H. The restricted view prevented us from
seeing significant action. Particularly the graveside scene at the
start of Act 2, not to mention the spectacle of the chandelier and
the phantom observing the scene on the rooftop. I deliberately
didn't buy the cheapest tickets available as I wanted a good quality
viewing experience, but I fail to see how we had anything other than
the worst seats in the house. As we bent double to look at the
action it was obvious that even one row forward in G the view was
much, much better. I think it is criminal for the seats in the back
row of the Royal Circle to be advertised and sold in the same price
plan as seats with a far better viewing angle either elsewhere in
the RC or in the stalls.
Not only this but the heat in our seats was intolerable. The size
and space of the seats is uncomfortable enough to start with, but
the added discomfort of the heat made for a very unpleasant and
painful experience. This utterly detracted from the action unfolding
in front of us as we were unable to focus or immerse ourselves in
the performance due to the distraction of our pain.
I’m not normally a grouch! I really don’t waste much energy crying
over spilt milk. Que sera sera! Live and let live! Make the most of
the situation and don’t sweat the small stuff! But somehow the
disappointment of what should have been a wonderfully enjoyable and
romantic experience being destroyed so completely by such simple but
effective factors has me utterly indignant.
Very enjoyable, polished 5 star performance.
However, very disappointed with “Theatre Tickets Direct”. Beware
of their “Best Available Seats” offer. Our seats were Royal Circle
B34-35 right on the outside of the row, clearly without full view of
the stage as stated in some correspondence. It’s simply a way to
sell second grade overpriced seats under the disguise of a special
offer. Would have been happy to pay full price for better seats but
no cooperation from “Theatre Tickets Direct”. I feel ripped off and
will never touch this company again.
Blenheim, New Zealand.
Here I go with my review of my seating for 'Phantom of the Opera'
on Thursday 12th July 2012.
I saw Phantom of the Opera on 12th July 2012 with a friend. We had
seats F23 and F24 in the Stalls. The seats were phantastic (!) There
was plenty of legroom and the view was very good. I don't think we
missed a thing. It was great being so up close and personal to the
actors and catching their eye on several occasions ;)
I don't think there is anything negative I can say about these
seats, except that they are in the middle of the row and so you have
to constantly stand up to let people pass. The most annoying part of
this was that some people were late and so we all had to stand up to
let them in to their seats during the show, so we missed a part of
it, as did the people behind us!
As for the show...I've seen it three times now and I've never been
disappointed yet. Special mention to Sofia Escobar who plays
Christine Daae. She is superb. Such an angelic yet powerful voice, a
beautiful face and wonderful stage presence. She fits the part
perfectly. She's Portuguese so I'm guessing that English is not her
first language, but you'd never guess from her performance. Not sure
who I saw as the Phantom but he too was good, as was the actor who
I'd definitely go back, and I'd book the same seats too!