Happy Birthday, Phantom of the Opera!

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The Phantom of the OperaThe Phantom of the Opera opened at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London on 9 October 1986; 23 years ago today.

Lots has changed since then: who would’ve thought you could follow The Phantom on twitter when Michael Crawford first created the part in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s gothic musical?

Love it or hate it, The Phantom of the Opera, based on the French novel by Gaston Leroux, is one of the most successful “entertainment entities” in history.

For a youthful 23-year-old, these figures are pretty staggering:

  • Seen by more than 100 million people
  • Translated into 15 languages
  • Performed in more than 25 different countries
  • Won 50 awards worldwide

And what better birthday present could a show wish for than an eagerly anticipated sequel? Yesterday, details about the forthcoming Love Never Dies were announced.

You can watch the press launch online on the official Love Never Dies website.

And if that whets your appetite for more, book your tickets to see Love Never Dies when it opens in London next year.


  1. Lilac says:

    I saw Phantom as a teenager in Melbourne. I can still recall the special “grown-up” dress I wore, and how exciting it was when the chandelier swooped down over the audience. Happy memories, Happy Birthday Phantom. : )

  2. Did you know that we are now entering the 100th anniversary of the PHANTOM story? The first installment of Gaston Leroux’s novel Le Fantôme de l’Opéra appeared in Le Gaulois, the French paper in which the novel was initially serialized, from September 1909 to January 1910 prior to publication in book format in 1910.

    To celebrate this achievement, a brand new Phantom Twitter stream has been launched to spread the word of the centenary and the latest news and developments concerning the Opera Ghost. Eventually it is hoped the stream will be used to release exciting new ongoing research currently being undertaken into the novel and all its subsequent adaptations (including, of course, the Lloyd Webber musical) in areas never previously explored. The more fans who join the stream, the better, so we can spread word of the centenary to the wider world and draw attention to all things Phantom!

    Please follow by going to http://twitter.com/fantomedelopera, logging in/signing up and clicking ‘Follow’. :) Followers will be rewarded by some exclusive news and updates!

  3. Saso says:

    I’ve seen both of them, The Phantom and Love Never Dies! First one was thrilling, scenography and leading actor (the Phantom, about 3 years ago) were mind blowing. So i was a bit anxious about what might Phantom part II. look like, why there was no movie to know the story and music. But i was very surprised – in a positive manner. Great plot, nice music (maybe not so “hammering”), worth every penny ;)