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The Phantom of The Opera

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by Bastion Harrison (subscribe)
Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from
Published November 7th 2012
A Haunting Love Story

Below the stage of the majestic Paris Opera House comes the most heavenly voice. To Christine, this can only be her 'Angel of Music'. It is that angel that helps her triumph in her gala night performance, and even when she is kidnapped by the phantom under the stage, she is enamoured with him. That is until she discovers the man behind the mask.

Reminiscent of Victor Hugo's deformed Quasi Modo from The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Erik in The Phantom of the Opera is a character you can't help pity, even when he does do wrong. With prejudice rife due to disfigurement, it is still a failing of humanity that is relevant today.

Originally written by Gaston Leroux in 1909, it was adapted for the stage in 1986 with a mesmerising score by Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, and brought to life by the outstanding performances of Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman. The Phantom of The Opera is incredibly atmospheric; the music takes you away from the theatre in London, straight to the opera house in Paris.

Now celebrating its 25th anniversary and beyond, you can see The Phantom of The Opera at Her Majesty's Theatre, Mondays to Saturdays at either 2.30pm or 7.30pm. Standard tickets cost between £21-£65, but you can all get hospitality tickets. Not only do these include your usual champagne or luxury package, but you can also book a family experience for a truly memorable experience. For £103.50 per head you will get top price seats, a souvenir programme, a reserved table at the bar, ice cream, confectionary, and a pre-show drink.

There are also some delicious meal deals being offered by the Haymarket Hotel opposite the theatre. Delight in an afternoon tea before a Thursday matinee with a pot of tea, finger sandwiches and tempting raspberry trifle, Chantilly swiss roll and clotted cream scones. Or why not go Planet Hollywood? A two-course meal & drink offers spaghetti, burgers, salads, or an indulgent half rack of ribs, to be followed by homemade cheesecake.

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Why? Extraordinary Music
When: Mon-Sat: 2.30pm, 7.30pm
Phone: 0844 412 2707
Where: Her Majesty’s Theatre
Cost: Standard tickets £21-£65
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