The lavish semi-staged 25th Anniversary production of The Phantom of the Opera, which will take as long to set up at the Royal Albert Hall as the average Cirque du Soleil show, is set to be screened live to around 250 cinemas around the country on 2nd October starting at 19:00.
The show, which will have a cast and orchestra of over 200 people, will also be seen in cinemas across the world; over 500 places in the USA (October 2nd, 5th, 6th and 11th). Canada will broadcast on Oct 3 with additional screening on Oct 22nd. Australia has a special premiere screening at the State Theatre in Sydney on October 8th, followed by screenings from October 13th - 23rd. Other countries, including Europe and Japan, will also have screenings during October.
The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall will star Ramin Karimloo as 'The Phantom' and Sierra Boggess as 'Christine', Barry James as 'Monsieur Firmin', Gareth Snook as 'Monsieur André', Liz Robertson as 'Madame Giry' and Wynne Evans as 'Piangi'. They will be joined by some special guest appearances. The show will be directed by Laurence Connor with Musical Staging and Choreography by Gillian Lynne based on the original London production. The magnificent Royal Albert Hall will be transformed with a spectacular and unique design by Matt Kinley inspired by Maria Björnson’s original design.
Winner of over 60 major awards around the world, The Phantom of the Opera has grossed over .6 billion - box office revenues higher than any film or stage play in history. The show has been seen in 145 cities in 27 countries and played to over 130 million people - it is currently showing in London, New York, Budapest, Las Vegas, and Kyoto.