Can you believe we’re almost one week into the new year??
Every single year, one of my oldest friends and I do something exciting to kickstart the year. This year we were both lucky enough to go and see Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s theatre. With POTO being one of the longest running shows in the West End, I was both intrigued and excited to see what the fuss was about.
I vaguely knew the story line and did think about doing my research beforehand but I decided not to and just let the show bemaze me!
As we made our way to our seats I must admit I let out a small groan. The seats are tiiiiiny and there is virtually no leg room at all. So if you have long legs or you’ve been working on that Beyonce booty, the grand circle is going to be pretty uncomfortable for you. I didn’t get a chance to have a look at the other areas of seating but my guess is the whole theatre is the same.
I did find it very strange that the staff wouldn’t allow any photos to be taken of the stage at all. Even in the interval when then the safety curtain was down the staff were really hot on telling people to stop. I mean It’s understandable when the show is going on but this was a bit extreme? It’s just a curtain with a seam running through it for goodness sake.
P.S. this pic is courtesy of my friend who is very stealthy when it come to taking photos she probably shouldn’t be taking!
So the whole show played out in all its written in the 80’s glory and I have to say, you can definitely tell that the show is…dated. I don’t know if it is the dramatic synth piano chords or the not so special effects, but there were a few small things that could do with a revamp. Personally, I would love to see more dark/gothic and elaborate costumes (that’s not to say they weren’t very good even still!) and perhaps just a bit more personality to the Phantom. Again, not taking away anything from how talented the actor was, I just mean in terms of his character and backstory.
All in all though, the cast are all extremely talented and have some mega pipes on them but the Phantom really stole the show. His voice is just dreamy. Even when he’s singing quietly, its crystal clear. I’m going to be perfectly honest here, I was really glad that the whole show wasn’t opera. I’m generally not a fan of operatic but I do love a good musical.
The tickets are pricey and it’s tough to get a good deal on them too. Is the price justified? Hmmm tough one, I guess if you have great seat then it would definitely be worth it. If you’re at the back of the grand circle or upper circle then definitely not. Luckily the seats on the upper floors have binoculars attached to the back of every seat but who wants to watch an entire show through a pie of tiny binoculars. Also, side not It does say you need to hire them for £1 but they actually just come out.
The one other small thing that I think the show and theatre in general needs is an insta worthy spot. Perhaps a mask and cape to take a pic with or even a chandelier to hang from. Sadly, there was nothing like that at all. Once you leave the theatre you come out directly outside and that’s the end of it!
Overall if I’m totally honest I left the show not quite sure of what I thought. There is no doubt that the cast is very talented but some of the scenes were too long winded and the show could do with some tweaks. One thing is for sure, I can’t stop singing the theme tune!
Would I watch it again? Yes definitely, perhaps with better seats and knowing what I’m in for.