Phantom opens in Yokohama, Japan
March 2017



Phantom is reopening in Japan, on Saturday 25th of March 2017 . The Shiki Theatre Company staging will be inaugurated at the Kanagawa Arts Theatre in Yokohama.
Over 6.5 million people have already attended Phantom in Japan since it first opened in 1988 in a total of 6,730 performances.

Follow this link to an English language website about the opening:
http://minatomirai21.com/eng/12925


 

 
     
 

Phantom wins audience prize at 2016
Olivier Awards



The Phantom of the Opera won the Magic Theatre audience Award in the 2016 Olivier Theatre Awards at the Royal Opera House on Sunday 3rd March. The award is the only prize chosen and voted for by members of the public.

Watch Phantom lead performers with the Magic Audience Award at the Oliviers on Youtube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OFlRdn5Mm0

Olivier Awards official site:
http://www.olivierawards.com


 

 
     
 

Phantom designs in V&A Exhibition.
February-April 2016


The V&A Exhibition Curtain Up features original Phantom designs by Maria Bjornson.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Olivier Awards in April 2016, Curtain Up showcases material from multi-award-winning productions such as The Phantom of the Opera, A Chorus Line and Wolf Hall and highlights outstanding theatre practitioners.

In a show designed by stage designer Tom Piper and RFK Architects, Curtain Up takes you behind the scenes into the world of theatrical artistic collaboration to discover how all aspects of a production come together in live performance. Exhibits include costumes, set models, scripts, photographs and film from productions including Phantom.



Follow this link to the V&A’s website:
www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/display-curtain-up


 

 
     
 

Phantom costumes in Bristol exhibition
Until 24th January 2016


An exhibition called Centre Stage: Celebrating Theatre in Bristol, will be showing original costumes and designs for The Phantom of the Opera, along with other artwork, sets and props, including this theatrical “Tinsel Print” from 1839, at The Royal West of England Academy in Queen’s Road Clifton, Bristol from December 11th 2015 - 24th January 2016.

Follow this link to the museum’s website:
www.rwa.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/2015/10/centre-stage/


 

 
     
 

 Phantom of the Oper-Baa 
From the Daily Mail


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Phantom for Istanbul 
Spring 2015 


The Phantom of the Opera will open in Istanbul, Turkey at a gala performance on Thursday 9th April 2015. The production runs until Sunday May 17th.

The venue will be the glamorous new Zorlu Centre http://www.zorlucenterpsm.com/en shown above.


 

 
     
 

Phantom in Moscow  
Opened October 2014



The Russian premiere of The Phantom of the Opera took place on 4th October 2014 at the MDM Theatre Moscow. 2014 was UK-Russia Year of Culture so this was particularly symbolic.


 

 
     
 

Phantom in Shanghai  
December 2013 - February 2014 



The Phantom of the Opera opened at Shanghai's Cultural Plaza (seen here) on December 6th 1913 and will continue until February 2nd 2014. This is the second time Phantom has appeared in Shanghai, previously appearing at the Shanghai Grand Theatre in 2004


 

 
     
 

Phantom Hamburg Opening 
December 2013 



December 2013, the legendary, multi-award winning musical will be opening at the Neue Flora Theater in Hamburg Germany.


 

 
     
 

Phantom US Tour 
November 2013 

November 2013 will see the launch a North American tour beginning this November in Providence, Rhode Island. The tour will play more than 20 multi-week engagements during 2013 and 2014, in cities including Cincinnati and Minneapolis.


 

 
     
 

Phantom in the USA,
25th Anniversary celebration
 
Saturday 26th January 2013 



On Saturday 26th January 2013 The Majestic Theatre in New York is celebrated the twenty-fifth anniversary of Phantom's USA opening with a special anniversary performance, followed by a splendid Black Tie party at The New York Public Library on 5th Avenue.

 

 
     
 

Phantom in the Thailand
May 2013 

The Phantom of the Opera will be presented at the Rachadalia Theatre in Bangkok for four weeks, beginning 7th May 2013


 

 
     
 

Phantom in the Philippines
August 2012 

The Phantom of the Opera opened for a limited season at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Theatre in Pasay City, Manila on 25th August 2012. The theatre seats 1800 people on four levels.

This is the first staging of Phantom in The Philippines.


 

 
     
 

25 Glorious years of Phantom
Spectacular Royal Albert Hall celebration 

Three very special, all-star performances of Phantom were given at The Royal Albert Hall in London on October 1st and 2nd 2011 to celebrate the show's twenty-fifth anniversary.

There was a generous tribute to the work of Maria Bjornson in the programme for the event;

Click here to view as a PDF document (right click for download options).

Alternitively click here to view as a very large image directly in your browser (use both horizontal and virtical scroll bars to navigate)


Maria's name etched on the bottom of the chandelier that was made for the recent performances of PHANTOM at the Albert Hall.
 
     
 

 Tribute to Maria from Gillian Lynne 
Phantom choreographer


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 Record breaking Phantom star 
George Lee Andrews retires


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 Phantom back in South Korea  
Autumn 2009

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Eight years after it last played in Korea The Phantom of the Opera has opened in Seoul at the Charlotte Theatre in the Jamsil area. The theatre was specifically designed for music theatre productions. The stage is designed to be especially close to the audience.
The production at the Charlotte Theatre is scheduled to run until August 2010.

 
     
 

 Japanese Phantom  


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Pages from the programme of the Japanese production of Phantom now at the Shiki Theatre in Osaka.

 
     
 

Phantom Fan
Andrew Lloyd Webber on Michael Jackson: July 2009


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click this link to read the full article as a PDF


 
     
 

El Fantasma in Argentina
March 2009

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Phantom opened in Buenos Aires, Argentina in March 2009.
The production ran for six months.
You can view the webpage for this production by clicking this link:
http://www.elfantasmadelaopera.com.ar/
 
     
 

Danish Phantom Opens
January 16th 2009

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A new Danish production of Phantom was performed at the magnificent Det Ny Theatre in Copenhagen from January to May 2009.

 
     
 

Phantom London Production Celebrates 22nd Anniversary

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The London production of Phantom celebrated 22 years at Her Majesty’s Theatre on 9th October 2008. There was party at the nearby Prince of Wales Theatre to mark the occasion 
 
     
 

New digital sound system for Phantom on Broadway

In August 2008, the broadway production of the Phantom of the Opera closed down for four performances for the installation of a state-of-the-art, $750,000 digital sound system, and now sounds better than ever.

Please click the link read the full press release as a PDF (108k)  
 
     
 

Phantom 21st Birthday
October 9th 2007

October 9th 2007 was the 21st anniversary of Phantom opening at Her Majesty's Theatre in London

 
     
 

Phantom Vegas Anniversary
June 24th 2007

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June 24th 2007 was the first anniversary of the opening of Phantom in Vegas. In true Las Vegas style the occasion was celebrated with a party and a splendid cake. Here are Tim Martin Gleason (Raoul), Brent Barrett (Phantom) and Kristi Holden (Christine) at the celebration.
 
     
 

Phantom of the Opera Singapore

On 27th March 2007 PHANTOM opened at the Esplanade Theatre in Singapore.
 
     
 

Vegas Phantom is #1 in Review-Journal

The Las Vegas Review-Journal's Mike Weatherford has named Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular as his favourite Las Vegas show of 2006. Please click the link below to read the article on the Broadway World website:
http://BroadwayWorld.com/viewcolumn.cfm?colid=14668 
 
     
 

Phantom of the Opera: Behind the Mask
December 26, 2006, BBC2

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An inside story of the making of PHANTOM was shown on BBC2 on December 26, 2006.

 
     
 

Phantom 20th Anniversary in London
Monday 9th October, 2006

On Monday 9th October the twentieth anniversary of the opening of the London production of PHANTOM was celebrated with a special performance and a party.
 
     
 

Phantom of the Opera Hong Kong
Hong Kong, 2006

The 2006 Hong Kong production opening of PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. The Maria Bjornson Archive was represented at the production by Miss Zhang Jing from Beijing.
 
     
 

Phantom of the Opera Las Vegas
Las Vegas

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An all-new 90-minute production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA opened on June 25, 2006 at The Venetian Resort in Las Vegas. The show has received standing ovations ever since.

http://www.venetian.com/phantom/index.cfm

Inside the spectacular new theatre
 
The Las Vegas programme for Phantom. To see a bigger version and some of the inside pages please click on the cover above (PDF, 0.6MB)

Las Vegas Press

The Autumn 2007 edition of Venetian, featured a fashion shoot photographed in the Phantom theatre using the production sets. Venetian is the magazine of the Venetian Las Vegas resort, where the Phantom theatre is located. Click here to see the whole article (PDF, 0.3MB)

Press for Phantom Las Vegas:
Las Angeles Times: Heavy on the light (PDF, 2.9MB)
Las Vegas Sun: Fabulous Las Vegas (PDF, 4.0MB)
USA Today: Phantom is here (PDF, 2.6MB)
Las Vegas Review: Phantom gala is vision in red (PDF, 1.2MB)

 
     
 

Phantom Masked Ball
New York City, January 9, 2006

On this day THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA became the longest-running musical production in the history of Broadway, with its 7,486th performance. To celebrate the event, Lord Lloyd-Webber and Sir Cameron Mackintosh invited a selected audience to a gala performance at the Majestic Theatre, followed by a Masked Ball at the Waldorf Astoria Grand Ballroom.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
The ticket for The Phantom of the Opera Masked Ball, and the special gala performance programme

The auditorium at the Majestic before the guests arrived

Cameron Mackintosh speaks at the New York Gala,
while Gillian Lynne looks on.

To coincide with this event a tribute to Maria appeared in VARIETY, the show business weekly. This article is reproduced below:
 
     
 

Dedicated to drop-dead gorgeous

Designer Maria Bjornson brought a lusher-than-thou
aesthetic to the stage

By DAVID MERMELSTEIN

What show in musical theater history has been more dependent on sets and costumes for its reputation than "The Phantom of the Opera"? There's Andrew Lloyd Webber's music, and Michael Crawford certainly made an impression. But think "Phantom," and what inevitably comes to mind is the opera house's falling chandelier, the Phantom's crepuscular lair and all that crisp satin. And for that, we must thank Maria Bjornson, the show's extraordinary designer, whose imagination didn't just define a mood - it defined a seminal theatrical extravaganza.

LOOK OF LOVE: Maria Bjornson designed the sets and costumes for "The Phantom of the Opera," her first of only three Broadway credits. Her illustrious career was cut short in 2002 when she died at age 53. Above, Bjomsons illustration for "Hannibal," the opera within the opera known as "Phantom."

Bjornson's list of credits may always be headed by "Phantom," but her work in theater was varied and, ironically, includes far more operas and plays than musicals. The tragedy is that her credit list, though substantial, would be larger still had she not died in 2002 of natural causes at the unnaturally early age of 53. At the time, she was working on the inaugural production of Rachel Portman's opera "The Little Prince," based on the beloved book by Saint-Exupery. Well received at its premiere in Houston in 2003 and in New York last year, the opera was especially lauded for Bjornson's whimsical set and costume designs - a world away from what she had wrought for "Phantom."

Francesa Zambello, who first worked with Bjornson at London's Covent Garden in 1999, directed that production and says that although the designer didn't live to see her work executed, she had built all the set models and painted the costumes designs.

"She was relentless in getting it right," Zambello recalls. "There are some designers who will not spend hours in the paint and costume shops, but Maria would not leave people alone until everything was right."

The director describes Bjornson as "a consummate storyteller who was never afraid of great beauty," dubbing the designer "traditionalist and conservative" in the aesthetic sense. "It's not often fashionable now to desire something to be drop-dead gorgeous," says Zambello, "but that's what she was dedicated to."

Producer Cameron Mackintosh had seen Bjornson's work in the opera house, but it wasn't grandeur that impressed him most when it came to picking a designer for "Phantom." "She was able to create a real world I could believe in," he says. "The reason why of all my shows 'Phantom' has endured so long is that it requires the scale and beauty of the visual to pull you in." Lloyd Webber, too, acknowledges "Phantom's" debt to Bjornson, saying, "She brought femininity to it." And the composer disagrees with those who attribute the show's visual success to excess. "People talk about it being very spectacular," he says, "but most everything in the production is done with an extraordinary lack of technology. A lot of 'Phantom' is extraordinarily simple. It's just that the design is so brilliant that it works right through."

Matt Wolf in London contributed to this report.

This article originally appeared in VARIETY, Jan. 9-15, 2006
 
     
 
Phantom Advertisements

In acknowledgment of Phantom becoming the longest running musical production on Broadway, various publications ran adverts celebrating the show's achievement.

 
     
 
Phantom Miscellanea
 
 

Phantom's Stairway

Olivia Temple standing on the 'Phantoms Stairway’, which leads down from the Palais Garnier Opera House of Paris into the depths of the cellar beneath, where a tame catfish swims in the water below. Because of European Union ‘health and safety’ rules, the cellar is now flooded with bright light so that employees don’t trip and injure themselves (and sue the Opera House!), which has entirely washed away the gloom and mystery of those subterranean regions where once anyone and anything might flit by, only dimly perceived in the half-light.

 


Michael Crawford going through the various stages of make up necessary to transform himself into the Phantom

The cover of the illustrated edition of PHANTOM released to coincide with the 1925 film starring Lon Cheney

An illustration from the 1925 edition

Posters for the 1925 film

The 1911 first English language edition of The Phantom of the Opera (left) and Gaston Leroux's 1910 original French novel (right)
 
     
 
Phantom Audio Book

 
     
 
Paris Opera House - Stereoview

View of the Paris Opera House at the time of Gaston Leroux's novel. Click on the image above to see the original 'Stereo'. Stereoviews were popular in the early 20th century - seen through special 'stereoscopes' they gave the impression of depth.
 
     
 
Paris Opera House Painting

Opera, Jour de Fete, a painting from the 1924 book Paris,
by George Wharton Edwards
 
     
 
Phantom Facts

Please click on the links below to download documents containing facts about Phantom.


The Phantom Facts (MS Word document)

Phantom Milestones (MS Word document)

 
 
Phantom Links

One woman’s passion for Maria’s Phantom designs has taken her to great lengths of research and creativity:
http://aneafiles.webs.com/aminta.html
http://aneafiles.webs.com/weddingdress.html

A very talented model maker who goes by the name Skimble1976 has made an extraordinary collection of models of  the Phantom proscenium and set.
Here is a link to his Flickr gallery:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/27199361@N08/sets/72157618174332171/

 
 
Phantom Proscenium detail