The film, based on the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical of the same name, is set to premiere in London Dec. 6 at the Odeon Leicester Square at 7:30 PM. Directed by Joel Schumacher, "Phantom" has a general release in the U.K. on Dec. 10. Tickets can already be purchased on-line by visiting several sites, including www.ugccinemas.co.uk, www.odeon.co.uk, www.uci.co.uk, www.myvue.com and www.cineworld.co.uk.
The motion picture will begin engagements in most U.S. cities Dec. 22. For a complete list of cities, visit the film's official website, Click Here.
"The Phantom of the Opera" stars Gerard Butler in the title role, Emmy Rossum as Christine and Patrick Wilson as Raoul, and includes one new song by Lloyd Webber and lyricist Charles Hart. The film's soundtrack will be released in the U.S. Nov. 23.
Based on the classic Gaston Leroux novel, The Phantom of the Opera features music by Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Charles Hart and additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe. Harold Prince directed both the London and New York premieres. The New York production — originally starring Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman — won seven 1988 Tony Awards including one for Best Musical. The score includes such tunes as "Think of Me," "The Music of the Night," "All I Ask of You," "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again," "The Point of No Return" and the title tune.
The Broadway staging of the smash continues at Broadway's Majestic Theatre, having recently played its 7,000th performance.