Phantom Must Close 30 November

Friday 7 November 2008

After opening to critical acclaim and performing to enthralled audiences, The Phantom of the Opera must close on 30 November with no extension possible.  This is the last chance for New Zealanders to see the internationally acclaimed masterpiece which has captured the hearts of millions.

New Zealand like many countries has felt the impact of the global economic downturn in recent months, and as such Producers Tim McFarlane and John Frost wanted to be sure that every opportunity existed for people to be able to escape into Andrew Lloyd Webber’s breathtaking musical.

The Producers took an unprecedented move to introduce 'A' reserve tickets from $69.90 available for mid week performances and weekend matinees, and have made all tickets to the final Wednesday Matinee on 26 November $49.90.

“In some ways everybody is affected by these tougher times and we felt very strongly about offering positive news by introducing these new prices.” said Tim McFarlane, Co-Producer.

“This will create an opportunity for everyone to get out and enjoy the show.  With its timeless romance, compelling story, sweeping music, and lavish sets, it is the perfect antidote to escape from the world and enjoy a great night out” said John Frost, Co-Producer.

With spectacular sets and more than 230 costumes by international designer, the late Maria Björnson, The Phantom of the Opera contains some of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most famous music, including ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ and ‘Music of the Night’.

The Phantom of the Opera tells the story of a disfigured musical genius known only as ‘The Phantom’ who haunts the depths of the Paris Opera House.  Mesmerised by the talents and beauty of a young soprano - Christine, the Phantom lures her as his protégé and falls fiercely in love with her.  Unaware of Christine’s love for Raoul, The Phantom’s obsession sets the scene for a dramatic turn of events where jealously, madness.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical is based upon the novel Le Fantome De L’Opera by Gaston Leroux. Original London production by Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group. The Phantom of the Opera is presented in Australia by The Really Useful Company Asia Pacific and The Gordon/Frost Organisation.

The Phantom of the Opera must close Sunday 30 November, 2008. Great seats are still available from The Edge, call 0800 BUY TICKETS (0800 289 842) or online at www.the-edge.co.nz and from www.thephantomoftheopera.co.nz