Monday, 27 November 2017

REVIEW | Phantom of the Opera | Her Majesty's Theatre

Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera has been casting it's magical spell on audiences in the West End since 1986, leading it to be the longest running show of Her Majesty's Theatre. The plot is about a beautiful soprano, Christine DaaĆ©, who becomes the obsession of a mysterious, musical genius living beneath the Opera Populaire. I love everything about the production from the music to the story, and this was my second time seeing a live performance of it.

In my view, Andrew Lloyd Webber has captured a tragically romantic love story with both powerful and emotive music and lyrics. The music, lyrics, set design, costume and story marry each other perfectly. The production flows seamlessly from scene to scene depicting the Phantom's Layer to the Grand Staircase for Masquerade, this gives the performance a cinematic feel. The current cast and crew deserve much praise for the current show as it was a delight to watch again. I would recommend this show to anyone that enjoyed the film adaptation as it is really brought to life in the West End.

The only drawback I had of the performance was my seat. I was sat in the stalls towards the back on the left-hand side. I would suggest paying the extra money for a central seat, near to the front of the stalls as I felt taken away from the performance slightly and couldn't quite get lost in it like I usually do. I struggled to see the iconic chandelier drop scene and think it would be well worth the money for a slightly better seat. The circle may even be a better option for this performance due to the different levels of the stage being used.

Have you seen a live performance of Phantom of the Opera? What were your thoughts on the performance?

| Where to eat? |

Byron - Haymarket
A very short walk from Her Majesty's Theatre, Byron's offers delicious burgers and shakes to fill up on before or after the show. I was blown away by how much food was served and definitely didn't need any snacks in the theatre! They also offer options for vegetarians.

Steak & Co - Haymarket
Again, just a short walk from the Theatre, Steak & Co is a restaurant chain that has popped up across London, offering you steak on a sizzling hot steak stone for you to cook the steak just how you like it. The food was served extremely quickly and I had the best sweet potato fries I've ever had at this restaurant. 


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