Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies returns to the West End this summer in an all-star concert at the iconic Theatre Royal Drury Lane, accompanied by the 27-piece London Musical Theatre Orchestra.
Norm Lewis (Les Misérables 25th Anniversary Concert, Jesus Christ Superstar) stars as The Phantom after a hugely successful run as the first African American Phantom in the Broadway production of The Phantom of the Opera. Celinde Schoenmaker (Guys and Dolls, Rocketman) stars alongside him as Christine, following her appearance in London’s West End for the 30th anniversary of Phantom. Taking on the role of Raoul is Matthew Seadon-Young (Death of a Salesman, Company) with Courtney Stapleton (Beauty and the Beast) as Meg and Sally Dexter (Emmerdale, Billy Elliot the Musical) as Madame Giry. Completing the cast are Nic Greensheilds as Squelch, Charles Brunton as Gangle, Lucie-Mae Sumner as Fleck, with the ensemble made up of Chloe Campbell, Alex Christian, Courtney George, Aoife Kenny, Alex Pinder and Emily Ann Potter.
Love Never Dies in Concert is directed by Shaun Kerrison with musical supervision by Simon Lee, musical direction by Freddie Tapner, choreography by Jo Goodwin, sound design by Adam Fisher, lighting design by Tim Deiling, set and costume design by Rebecca Bower and casting by Sarah-Jane Price. The concert will be performed by the London Musical Theatre Orchestra & Chorus, conducted by Freddie Tapner.
Love Never Dies returns to the story of The Phantom of the Opera 10 years after the Phantom’s disappearance from the Paris Opera House. Escaped to a new life in New York, he has finally found a place for his music to soar. All that is missing is his love – Christine Daaé. In a final bid to win her back, the Phantom lures Christine, her husband, and their young son Gustave to America to perform one final time. As old wounds are reopened and forgotten memories unlocked – The Phantom sets out to prove that, indeed, Love Never Dies. This concert comes as The Phantom of the Opera in London’s West End continues to break records at the box office, 36 years after opening at the recently-renamed His Majesty’s Theatre on Haymarket.
Love Never Dies played at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 21st August (evening performance) and 22nd August (matinee and evening performance).