Review: The Phantom of the Opera at Milton Keynes Theatre

MHDE'Katie Hall'Phantom of the Opera'Milton Keynes Theatre
MHDE'Katie Hall'Phantom of the Opera'Milton Keynes Theatre
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THE Phantom of the Opera is one of the most iconic of the West End shows of all time.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic musical, is a tale around the beautiful soprano Christine Daae, played by Katie Hall pictured, who becomes the obsession of a disfigured musical genius.

The first thing to note about this very beautiful production is that the whole show is fantastic. Paul Brown’s intricate and clever set design creates a world beyond the Paris opera house where much of the story is set.

But that is just one element of this production to enjoy, from operatic costumes, a glorious score full of songs that you will be singing on the way home.

The real heart of the story is the relationship between the Phantom and his protégée Christine and it is that enables the story to have proper depth beyond the opulent staging.

The story of the two is so famous that to be able to give the twists everyone is familiar with proper feeling is a real tribute to the two actors. Earl Carpenter and Katie Hall portray the roles with astonishing aplomb and the standing evation given at the end of the show is a testament to the quality of the duo.

When speaking to Carpenter prior to the show, he told me the production, staged by legendary theatre producer Cameron Mackintosh, was aiming for a more naturalistic feel. And this approach will only see more people come and see this production and only enchance the legendary reputation this show has.

Phantom of the Opera runs until Saturday November 24. For tickets call the box office on 0844 8717652 or visit www.atgtickets.co.uk/milton-keynes-theatre.