Spectacular doesn’t do justice to the feast for the eyes and ears of a show that is The Phantom of the Opera.
This new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s award winning musical is already playing to sell-out audiences at Milton Keynes Theatre for the next few weeks.
If you haven’t bought a ticket yet, don’t hesitate to purchase one for what may be the best show you will ever have the fortune to see in a theatre.
Phantom has been a phenomenal success in its 26-year history and is the longest running musical in Broadway’s history as well as being one of London’s greatest ever shows.
It is one of those musicals I’ve always longed to see but never quite managed. I’ve watched the film, of course, and have the DVD but nothing can compare to seeing the stage version with its famous opening chandelier scene.
Phantom is so seamless in its execution you have to take time and reflect at the incredible theatre techniques, glorious costumes - particularly in the masked ball opening scene in act two - and superb set design because they simply shouldn’t be taken for granted.
For anyone still in the dark about the storyline, Phantom is set in late 19th century Paris and revolves around a beautiful young performer, Christine, whose crystal clear voice captivates the mysterious Phantom of the Opera as well as a childhood friend, Raoul, creating a love triangle of murderous and tragic consequences.
What makes Phantom so special though is its brilliant score with unforgettable songs by Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Charles Hart.
Earl Carpenter makes a magnificent Phantom capturing the tortured soul of the creature who creates the beautiful music of the night.
Katie Hall is outstanding too as the dancer turned lead singer Christine who shows pity for the phantom and achieves those high notes with ease and perfect diction throughout.
Phantom is quite honestly a show you don’t want to end and those haunting songs will stay with you long after the final curtain has come down. Magnificent.
The Phantom of the Opera will continue at Milton Keynes Theatre until Saturday, November 24.