Friday, 24 July 2015

The Phantom of the Opera announces new West End cast

The West End production of The Phantom of the Opera will welcome a new cast at Her Majesty’s Theatre from Monday 7th September 2015, 

John Owen-Jones is returning as The Phantom for a limited run from Monday 7th September 2015 until Saturday 30th January 2016, having most recently played the part in the show's UK tour. He has played the role more times than any other actor in the West End production’s history.

Owen-Jones has also played the role of Jean Valjean in Les Misérables in the West End, on the 25th anniversary tour and on Broadway. He was the first British actor to play the role in the West End and on Broadway. He most recently appeared as Pirelli in the English National Opera production of Sweeney Todd. 

Ben Forster will take over as The Phantom from Monday 1st February 2016. Best known for winning Andrew Lloyd Webber's ITV1's reality show Superstar, Forster will join the production fresh from starring as Buddy in the West End premiere of Elf The Musical at the Dominion Theatre.

Nadim Naaman is returning to The Phantom of the Opera as Raoul, a role he previously understudied. Having recently played Fantine in Les Miserables, Celinde Schoenmaker will take over as Christine Daaé. Also joining the cast are Michael Matus as Monsieur Firmin and Christopher Dickins as Monsieur André.

Continuing their roles are: Lara Martins as Carlotta, Jacinta Mulcahy as Madame Giry, John Ellis as Piangi and Alicia Beck as Meg. Emmi Christensson will continue as the alternate Christine Daaé until June 2016 when Lisa-Anne Wood takes over.

From 7th September 2015 the full cast will include: Zoe Arshamian; Charlotte Baptie; Alicia Beck; Kieran Brown; Emmi Christensson; Scott Davies; Hadrian Delacey; Christopher Dickins; Meshell Dillon; John Ellis; Lyndsey Gardiner; Ryan Goscinski; Philip Griffiths; Keith Higham; Lizzie Holmes; Lily Howes; Daisy Hulbert; Ellen Jackson; Tim Laurenti; Rhidian Marc; Lara Martins; Michael Matus; Leo Miles; Tim Morgan; Fiona Morley; Paul Morrissey; Jacinta Mulcahy; Richard Munday; Nadim Naaman; Joanna O’Hare; John Owen Jones; Simon Rackley; Celinde Schoenmaker; Danielle Stephens; Ashley Stillburn; Claire Tilling: Charlotte Vaughan; Georgia Ware and Lisa-Anne Wood.

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