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The Phantom of the Opera

  • Theatre, Musicals
  • Arts Centre Melbourne, Southbank
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A man wearing a white mask over half his face holds an ornate candlestick in one hand and a swooning woman in a long white dress in the other
Photograph: Michael Le Poer Trench

Time Out Says

Andrew Lloyd Webber's famous musical returns to Melbourne

We've spoken about ghosts at the Arts Centre Melbourne before, and the lights left on to keep them company. But now the greatest phantom of them all is set to haunt the performance hall. Opera Australia, in association with the Really Useful Group, are striking up the discordant organ to announce, with a caped flourish, the arrival of arguably Andrew Lloyd Webber's most famous musical.

The Phantom of the Opera is coming to Arts Centre Melbourne in 2022, with West Side Story star Josh Piterman in the title role (and ghoulish half face mask). The Aussie star was  recently bringing The Music of the Night to the West End, playing the Phantom in London right up until that production was forced to shut down. The main cast is rounded out by Amy Manford as Christine and Blake Bowden as Raoul.

Unbelievably, it's the first time the box office smash will grace the Arts Centre Melbourne in its 35-year history. And you can bet it's going to dazzle, right down to the fateful plunge of the centrepiece chandelier. This spectacular staging, conjured by Cameron Mackintosh, will be brought to life in Melbourne by director Laurence Connor and will show off the fabulous original costume designs of Maria Björnson. 

"I am thrilled to be able to bring this exciting new production of The Phantom of the Opera to Arts Centre Melbourne with its spectacular new staging by director Laurence Connor and fabulous designs by Paul Brown and Maria Bjornson," says Mackintosh. 

This is set to be one of the largest musical productions ever in Australia, performed by a cast and orchestra of 65, with special effects including a spectacular new realisation of the show’s chandelier.

After being postponed due to 2021 lockdowns, The Phantom of the Opera will premiere at Arts Centre Melbourne on October 30 2022 and is expected to run until sometime in February 2023. Tickets for the production will go on sale soon, with those who held tickets for the original 2021 season to be given priority access. 

Written by
Stephen A Russell


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