London's Phantom of the Opera Will See Major Cast Changes

News   London's Phantom of the Opera Will See Major Cast Changes Major cast changes have been announced for the original London production of The Phantom of the Opera, running at the West End's Her Majesty's Theatre. The production will see John Owen-Jones return to the title role from Sept. 7, to be followed by Ben Forster in his debut in the role beginning Feb. 1, 2016.

Owen-Jones has played the role more times than any other actor in the West End production’s history, and was most recently seen in the 25th anniversary touring production. He is also well-known for playing the role of Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, and 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 at the London Coliseum.

Forster is probably best known for winning the ITV1 show "Superstar," subsequently playing the title role in an arena stage touring production of Jesus Christ Superstar. He has also played Magaldi in Lloyd Webber's Evita when it returned to the Dominion Theatre in 2014. Prior to joining The Phantom of the Opera, he will star as Buddy in Elf the Musical, also at the Dominion.

Also new to the cast from Sept. 7 will be Celinde Schoenmaker (recently Fantine in Les Miserables in he West End) as Christine Daaé, Nadim Naaman (previously in the production from 2010-12 in other roles and most recently seen in London as Anthony Hope in Sweeney Todd at Harrington's Pie and Mash Shop) as Raoul, Michael Matus as Monsieur Firmin and Christopher Dickins as Monsieur André.

The cast also comprises Zoe Arshamian, Charlotte Baptie, Alicia Beck, Kieran Brown, Emmi Christensson, Scott Davies, Hadrian Delacey, 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, Leo Miles, Tim Morgan, Fiona Morley, Paul Morrissey, Jacinta Mulcahy, Richard Munday, Joanna O’Hare, Simon Rackley, Danielle Stephens, Ashley Stillburn, Claire Tilling, Charlotte Vaughan, Georgia Ware and Lisa-Anne Wood.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 412 2707 or visit www.thephantomoftheopera.com.

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