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PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - 25TH

PostPosted: Sun Oct 02, 2011 10:17 pm
by Barry
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, LIVE FROM THE ALBERT HALL, October 2nd 2011

I can't remember how many times I have seen the stage show, both in london (in it's first week in 1986 wth my Ma, crammed in the front row of the circle), and on tour, and overseas. I saw a production in brisbane and it was probably in the least appropriate theatre with no atmosphere, and in piste of being a supposedly good seat, all I could see was floor. But tonight, 25 years of a great piece of theatre was celebrated in real style at the Albert Hall. I can't begin to think of the numbers involved, but 'Masquerade' was awash with people. I saw it in the live transmission (which in itself is an extraordinary feat and achievement), with great use of close-ups and spectacular wide shots. Beautifully directed for the film, and for the stage. Being the Albert Hall, staging would have to be different, but oh my it was stunning, using great use of projections and a rising gallery. A very streamlined production that raced along and also took its time. Lots of business I don't like from the standard production had gone. I couldn't have enjoyed it more. It would be good if this became the standard production but of course it can't. The performances were spine tingling....many times I shivered with joy. And watching this as I hear more news of my beloved Garrick theatre in dnager of imploding, was rather frustrating. But well done to all involved. The evening worked on so many levels - yes it worked as a production, but it also worked as a piece about theatre, and twenty fice of this great bold lush piece of theatre.