Phantom of the Opera Actor Breaks Guinness World Record

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Philip Griffiths has become the longest-serving cast member of a West End show.
The cast of <i>The Phantom of the Opera</i>
The cast of The Phantom of the Opera Joan Marcus

According to U.K. theatre news site The Stage, Phantom of the Opera actor Philip Griffiths has entered the Guinness World Records for the longest time performing in the same production. Having joined the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical October 9, 1990, he has now performed in the West End show 25 years and 185 days. From 1998-2000 he was also resident director.

Philip Griffiths in <i>Phantom</i>
Philip Griffiths in Phantom

Griffiths, who plays Monsieur Reyer and the auctioneer in Phantom of the Opera, told The Stage: “I’m truly humbled by it and delighted to have achieved it as I doubt anyone else will better it and no show will probably run long enough for anyone to do so. It’s been a joy working on Phantom for all these years and the buzz is still there after 30 years at Her Majesty's Theatre. Long may it reign.”

To date, the actor has celebrated 36 consecutive years performing on the West End. His other credits include Evita, Chess, Anything Goes, Kings and Clowns and The Biograph Girl .

The London production of Phantom of the Opera is now celebrating its 30th year. It recounts the love story between the Phantom, who, shamed by his physical appearance, hides beneath the Paris Opera House, and his protegee, Christine Daaé. The musical opened at Her Majesty’s Theatre October 9 1986, with Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman in the leading roles. There have been dozens of productions worldwide since, including the current, long-running Broadway engagement.

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