It’s official. A magical new production of one of the world’s most specular musicals, Phantom of the Opera, will be heading to Australia later this year—and the entire cast has been announced ahead of its highly-anticipated premiere.
The announcement of Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of the iconic Andrew Lloyd Webber musical comes almost 35 years to the day since the production opened in London’s West End, with news it will play at the Sydney Opera House (the first time in the show’s history), as well as at Melbourne’s Arts Centre.
For those unfamiliar, the production is based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de L’Opéra by Gaston Leroux and tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it.
The “simply epic” upcoming stage production was overseen by Mackintosh and Matthew Bourne, which has promised to be “bigger and better than ever before.”
Excited to get your hands on tickets? Read on for everything we know about Phantom of the Opera’s Australian run.
Where And When Are Tickets Available For Phantom of the Opera In Australia?
If you’re wanting to go and see Phantom of the Opera in Australia, you’re going to need to get in quick with shows already selling out in Sydney (with Melbourne tickets available via a waitlist). Below are the details on where to find tickets and showtimes in both cities.
The Sydney season of Phantom of the Opera will run from Friday, September 3rd to Friday, October 29th. Tickets are available for purchase here, but again, you’ll want to be quick before they all sell out.
The Melbourne season of Phantom of the Opera will run from Sunday, November 14th to Sunday, January 30, 2022. Tickets are not currently available, but you can sign up to be on the waitlist here (with tickets available from July 6th).
Who Has Been Cast In Australia’s Production of Phantom of the Opera?
Prepare to be dazzled by the incredible cast behind Phantom of the Opera, with the title role of The Phantom being played by Josh Piterman. The role of the ingénue Christine Daaé will be played by Perth native Amy Manford, while Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny will be played by acclaimed musical theatre star Blake Bowden.
Manford actually took on the role in the original London production in 2017, where she had the privilege of performing at Buckingham Palace for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, while Bowden has an incredibly impressive list of performances under his belt, recently taking on the lead role of Elder Price in The Book of Mormon.
Starring alongside its lead cast will be David Whitney as shrewd theatre manager Monsieur Firmin; Andy Morton as newly appointed theatre manager Monsieur Andre; Giuseppina Grech will play the role of opera diva Carlotta Guidicelli; Jayde Westaby will take on the role of ballet mistress Madame Giry; the Italian opera singer Ubaldo Piangi will be played by Paul Tabone, and newcomer Mietta White will play young ballerina Meg Giry.
Of course, the production also has an incredible lineup of creatives at its helm including Laurence Connor as director, Scott Ambler behind choreography, and set design by Paul Brown. Tony Award-winning original costume design is by Maria Björnson, lighting design by Tony Award-winner Paule Constable and sound design by Mick Potter.
One thing is for sure, this is not to be missed!