The Phantom of the Opera (West End)
Open run 2h 30m
The Phantom of the Opera (West End)
93

The Phantom of the Opera (West End) London Reviews and Tickets

93%
(1250 Ratings)
Positive
95%
Mixed
4%
Negative
1%
Members say
Enchanting, Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great staging

About the Show

Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit musical has been entertaining West End audiences for over 30 years. 

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Show-Score Member Reviews (432)

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51 Reviews | 1 Follower
100
Entertaining, Epic, Enchanting, Masterful, Must see

See it if you want to see a classic musical with memorable songs and great staging and singing.

Don't see it if you don't like opera.

56 Reviews | 1 Follower
98
A classic, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if You want to see one of the all-time classic musicals. A must-see if you’re a fan of musical theatre.

Don't see it if You are put off by ALW musicals.

56 Reviews | 3 Followers
95
Absorbing, Must see, Great staging, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a more classical musical. Amazing costumes and sets. Music is out of this world. It’s a classic for a reason! Cast amazing!

Don't see it if You dont like classical musical theatre

161 Reviews | 28 Followers
95
Masterful, Romantic, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you want to see an dark, atmospheric, brilliantly staged show. Complete with iconic characters and an utterly captivating score.

Don't see it if you don’t like the idea of some operatic numbers.

85 Reviews | 7 Followers
93
Must see

See it if you go to a theatre only once in a life time, studying musicals or theaters ...because this is a monumental piece in the musical history.

Don't see it if Allergic to musicals. Old version fan - orchestra has noticeably changed and new stage sets are aesthetically poor.

52 Reviews | 1 Follower
90
Must see, Great staging, Great singing, Delightful, Clever

See it if You want to see one of the biggest musicals in the world

Don't see it if You don't like musicals, there is no more reasons.

88 Reviews | 1 Follower
90
Romantic, Great staging, Great singing, Enchanting, Ambitious

See it if You like romantic powerful pieces of Theatre. It’s a must-see for the staging and costumes alone!

Don't see it if You don’t like solid singing.

74 Reviews | 5 Followers
90
Must see, Great singing, Enchanting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a classic musical that has mesmerising songs and beautiful staging.

Don't see it if you're not interested in operatic numbers.

Critic Reviews (3)

Time Out London
April 1st, 2009

“Webber's gothic spectacular is totally '80s in the best possible way...The most successful entertainment event of all time...It still works hard for its audience...‘Phantom’ remains strong because its high production values haven’t been allowed to sag...Lost since the days of Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman is a measure of acting ability, but if Rauch and Escobar are rather stiff (her in particular) then they do enough to successfully ride the wave of this still awesome spectacle.”
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The Guardian (UK)
October 11th, 1986

“’The Phantom Of The Opera’...puts spectacle to the service of an exciting story and...music is used, in a Pucciniesque way to intensify a dramatic situation...It may be hokum but it is hokum here treated with hand on heart rather than tongue in cheek...It is determinedly old-fashioned but when the new fashion is for boy-meets-laser-beam, it is refreshing to find a musical that pins its faith in people, narrative, and traditional illusion.”
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The Stage (UK)
June 1st, 2004

“This is a powerfully emotional account of the saving grace of love. Despite clumsy lyrics, the music is Webber at his best. He has a real feel for the Victorian theatricality of the tale, from the melodramatic overture, with its thrilling organ chords, to the seductive ‘Music of the Night’ and yearning ‘All I ask of You’...It is sentimental and conservative in its view of women but ‘The Phantom of the Opera’s’ sheer theatrical verve is also immensely satisfying.”
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