Andrew Lloyd-Webber's multi-award winning musical The Phantom Of The Opera makes a triumphant return to its home in the West End post pandemic to continue its record breaking run at Her Majesty's Theatre that has now lasted for more than three decades and an incredible 10,000 performances making it officially the world's most successful stage show!
Lloyd Webber's incredible and mesmerising musical score features along with truly jaw-dropping scenery and breathtaking special effects that all blend together perfectly to captivate the audience and bring this tragic love story to life.
The show is truly one of the most incredible successful productions in the history of live entertainment boasting combined worldwide gross revenues of over $5.6 billion and has been seen by over 160 million people in 145 cities across 35 different countries. The Phantom Of The Opera continues to showcase in its original form in productions in both the West End and on Broadway, where it is now the longest-running show. ever to be staged.
"Remains one of the most beautiful, spectacular productions in history" - Sunday Express
What Is The Performance Schedule For The Phantom Of The Opera?
The show has evening performances on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 7.30pm. There are also matinee performances on Saturday & Sunday at 2.30pm.
When Did Phantom Of The Opera First Open In The West End?
The Phantom Of The Opera first opened in the West End at Her Majesty's Theatre in September 1986 and is still the resident show at the venue to this day making it the second longest running musical ever in the West End after Les Miserables. The Phantom is also the longest running musical to appear on Broadway having clocked up over 11,000 performances.
How Much Has Phantom Taken At The Box Office?
The global box office revenues for Phantom Of The Opera are higher than any other stage show or movie in history with gross revenues exceeding $6 billion! The show has been performed on stage in 166 cities, 35 countries and been seen by over 140 million people worldwide in 15 different languages.
Has Phantom Of The Opera Won Any Awards?
As one of the most celebrated stage shows in history, Phantom Of The Opera has won over 70 major awards since opening in London in 1986 including 3 Laurence Olivier Awards, 7 Tony Awards and 7 Drama Desk Awards.
The Phantom Of The Opera Is A Huge Production!
For each and every performance of the show in the West End there are over 130 cast, crew and orchestra members are involved. Each performance features 230 costumes, 120 automated cues, 281 candles, 22 scene changes, 10 fog and smoke machines and 250kg of dry ice. The replica of the Paris Opera House chandelier used in the show features 6000 beads and weighs one ton!
Why Does The Phantom Wear A Mask That Covers Only Half His Face?
The reason that the mask worn by the Phantom in the show only covers half of his face is due to performance issues with original attempts to use a full face covering. The 'half mask' has since become a somewhat iconic symbol associated with the show and are custom made for each actor playing the role to ensure comfort and usability.
How Long Does Phantom Of The Opera Last?
The running time for Phantom Of The Opera is 2 hours 23 minutes which includes an interval.
Is There A Minimum Age Restriction To Watch Phantom Of The Opera In London?
The recommended minimum age to watch Phantom Of The Opera is 13 years. There are a few special effects that may frighten younger children and patrons should be aware prior to purchasing tickets that children under the age of 4 years will not be admitted to the theatre.
Seating PlanHer Majesty's Theatre Seating Plan
Address57 Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4QL
Directions from nearest tube
(5mins) Go along Coventry Street and then take Haymarket on the right where the theatre will be approx. 200 metres along.
(Haymarket) 3, 6, 9, 12, 13, 15, 19, 23, 38, 53, 88, 139, 159
Night Bus Numbers
(Haymarket) 6, 12, 23, 88, 139, 453, N8, N19, N38, N97, N3, N13, N15, N136, N159
Leicester Square, Whitcomb Street (2mins)
Within Congestion Zone
As Her Majesty's Theatre has four tiers and also a lot of restricted and limited view seats there are multiple pricing structures on offer for this show making this a difficult question to answer! Tickets for Phantom Of The Opera usually start at around £25 in the Balcony and can go right up to around £200 for the best seats in the Stalls or Dress Circle on Saturday's in peak season making finding well priced and/or good value tickets somewhat of a mission!
Yes they do. Occasionally. Although it is one of the most successful musicals of all time there are still eight shows per week to fill for a show that has been playing in the same venue since 1986! It is incredible that demand for Phantom Of The Opera tickets is still as strong as ever but even with a show as popular as this one there will always be quiet weeks where bargains can be found if you look.
They can be as long as you avoid school holidays. Thursday matinee tickets for the Phantom Of The Opera can often be the best value option for this show and discounts can sometimes be found especially in the quieter months such as November or February.
If your ticket states that your seat is 'R/V' then there will be some kind of restriction or limited view. It is advisable therefore to check the seating plan before you buy any seats marked R/V as Her Majesty's Theatre has many pillars in the Stalls and Dress Circle sections as well as overhangs from the different tiers which could possibly affect your enjoyment of the show quite considerably.
Due to the layout of the theatre many of the seats in these areas come with some form of restriction to the view. The seats in the centre of the Upper Circle are mostly clear view and this does reflect in the price whereas the seats to the sides are much cheaper but although they do come with a small restriction, the prices are usually reasonable for these seats, and as there are no pillars in this section the view is not too bad from most of them. Seats in the Balcony section though are very high up and generally require someone to have 20/20 vision even if the seats are marked as clear view. It is very much recommended that you look at the seating plan before booking either Upper Circle or Balcony tickets to Phantom Of The Opera.
Not an easy question to answer! Even though it has been playing consistently for well over three decades, consumer demand for tickets to Phantom Of The Opera is still as strong as ever meaning that during busy weeks and at weekends all online ticket agencies will need to sell at face value plus a booking fee to make a profit so for peak periods it can be beneficial to buy tickets directly from the box office. In the quieter periods though, and for midweek performances and in particular the Thursday matinee there can often be online discounts to be had making it actually cheaper than buying directly from the theatre.
Occasionally some ticket agencies buy tickets from the theatre in advance at negotiated rates despite already having daily allocations. They do this to either offer extra value to the consumer by selling at a discount to the theatre or rival agencies or simply to make extra profit. Although this is a strategy that does work, it is not an exact science which means that on occasion they are left with a surplus of tickets that they struggle to offload which are known as 'liabilities'. For bargain hunters this can present a golden opportunity as Phantom Of The Opera tickets, like any show are perishable products and the price can drop quite substantially in the final hour before the curtain goes up! It should be noted however that if you have your heart set on seeing the show on a certain day then this is not a good strategy as to be lucky and acquire liability tickets for a specific show is very much good fortune rather than shrewd planning!
The short answer to this is no! It is always advisable to use suppliers who are affiliated with or members of the Society Of London Theatre (SOLT) and the Society Of Ticket Agents And Retailers (STAR) as this will ensure that you get good service, transparent pricing and peace of mind about your purchase. If booking Phantom Of The Opera tickets through retail outlets such as the shops in and around Leicester Square always ask whether they are 'official' vendors before you buy and when booking online always look for the SOLT and STAR icons on the website.