Principal Casting Announced for Royal Albert Hall's 25th Anniversary Performances of Phantom of the Opera

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Full principal casting has now been confirmed for the 25th anniversary staging of The Phantom of the Opera being staged for three performances only at the Royal Albert Hall Oct. 1-2. 

Hadley Fraser
Hadley Fraser Photo by David Noles

The previously announced Ramin Karmiloo and Sierra Boggess, who are being reunited to play the Phantom and Christine after originating the same roles in Love Never Dies, are to be joined by Hadley Fraser as Raoul, with Keira Duffy as Carlotta, Daisy Maywood as Meg Giry, Barry James as Monsieur Firmin, Gareth Snook as Monsieur Andre, Liz Robertson as Madame Giry, Wynn Evans as Piangi and Sergei Polunin as Slave Master.

Fraser is currently playing Javert in Les Miserables at the Queen's Theatre, and played Grantaire in the Les Miserables 25th anniversary concert last year at the 02 Arena. Other credits include The Pirate Queen on Broadway.

Duffy, an American soprano who made her London Symphony Orchestra debut as Cunegonde in a concert performance of Candide, has also performed with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony.

Maywood has played Eponine at the Queen's Theatre, and she will next play Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street at Leicester Curve Theatre.

James, Snook and Robertson have all previously starred in the London production of The Phantom of the Opera, and Robertson originated the role of Madame Giry in Love Never Dies as well. Welsh tenor Wynne Evans has sung as a principal at the Royal Opera House and with both Welsh National Opera and English National Opera. His debut album "A Song In My Heart" went straight to number one in the classical charts. Ukrainian-born dancer Polunin joined the Royal Ballet in 2007 and was promoted to Principal in 2010. The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall will be directed by Laurence Connor, with musical staging and choreography by Gillian Lynne, who also fulfilled the same duties on the original production. The production is designed by Matt Kinley, inspired by Maria Bjornson's original design. Lighting is by Patrick Woodroffe and Andrew Bridge, and sound is by Mick Potter. The original London production was directed by Hal Prince. It is produced by Cameron Mackintosh and the Really Useful Company Ltd.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 0845 401 5045, or visit www.phantom25th.com.

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