The first image of Ben Forster as the title character in The Phantom of the Opera has been released (see below). Forster takes over the role from John Owen-Jones in the West End production of the musical at Her Majesty's Theatre from 1st February 2016.
Discussing his new role during a recent interview with West End Frame, Forster said: "I’m really excited! I’m looking forward to bringing my vision forward and I think Andrew (Lloyd Webber) and Cameron (Mackintosh) are quite excited about that too."
Having recently played Buddy in Elf The Musical at the Dominion Theatre, Forster's theatre credits include: Brad in The Rocky Horror Show (West End/UK tour), El Haj in La Cava (West End), Doody in Grease (West End/ international tour), lead vocalist in Thriller Live (West End/international tour) and Magaldi in Evita (West End).
Photo Credit: Matt Crockett