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The massively popular musical, "The Phantom of the Opera" has now been running for 26 years in the West End of London. After all this time, Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical masterpiece is still enjoying a run at Her Majesty's Theatre on Haymarket. This classic theatre is the home of this play, but it is also touring the UK so anyone can get to see it.
The show features a star cast and epic performances, and the original run had the classic pairing of Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman starring in the lead roles. The actors have now changed, but the new faces deliver the same high quality performances that you have come to expect and love from a Lloyd-Webber production.
As well as the regular performances in London, for the first time this year the show is touring the UK, with a range of dates at major cities throughout 2012 and 2013. Fans of the show that live too far from London can now enjoy it in theatres in Dublin, Leeds, Edinburgh, Milton Keynes, Cardiff, Southampton, Liverpool and Birmingham over the next year. These shows are proving to be extremely popular with theatre goers, so try to book your seats early to avoid disappointment.
You might not know, but the original inspiration for this great musical was the novel of the same name by Gaston Leroux. This classic book was originally released in French in 1910, but was not popular at first and it only found popularity with the release of the musical in 1986.
The story follows Christine Daae who travels with her father around Sweden playing music. When her mother dies, her father takes her to rural France by his patron, Professor Valerious. Later in life she joins the chorus of the Paris Opera where she hears a beautiful voice that she believes is the Angel of Music that her father promised to send to her when he was on his deathbed. The voice really belongs to Erik, a deformed and disturbed genius who designed the Opera House and the action centres on her relationship with Erik and childhood friend Raoul.
The show features great acting and sets as well as all of the famous songs. The high production values make it a must-see show for anyone who loves musicals.
You can buy tickets for "The Phantom of the Opera" and many more shows direct from ticket agencies such as StubHub, the new online ticketing agency in the UK. An eBay company that has been operating worldwide since 2000, StubHub allows customers to sell tickets they legally own but are unable to use as they cannot attend the event.
If you are a fan of musicals, or just like this particular show, then a night out at the theatre watching "The Phantom of the Opera" can be a great way to spend the evening. Dress up in your best clothes and prepare to enjoy one of the most popular musicals of all time.