John Owen-Jones and Earl Carpenter are to share the title role in the new touring production of The Phantom of the Opera, which launches in spring 2012.
Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical will open at the Plymouth Theatre Royal on March 13, 2012, following previews from February 27. It will then visit Manchester, Bristol, Dublin, Leeds, Edinburgh, Milton Keynes, Cardiff and Southampton, with further dates expected to be announced.
Both Owen-Jones and Carpenter have played the Phantom in the West End. They will be joined by Katie Hall as Christine. Hall was a contestant on the BBC series I’d Do Anything and is currently playing the alternate Christine in th West End production.
Mackintosh said: “After 25 phenomenal years and a glorious celebration of the show’s success at the Royal Albert Hall at the start of this month, I’m delighted to announce that a spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s legendary musical will open its national Tour next March in Plymouth. With an exciting new design and staging, retaining Maria Bjornson’s amazing costumes, be the first to surrender to the music of the night and fall in love with the Phantom in his new guise all over again.”
The production will be directed by Laurence Connor, with choreography by Scott Ambler, set design by Paul Brown, costume design by Maria Bjornson, lighting design by Paule Constable and sound design by Mick Potter. The production is overseen by Mackintosh and Matthew Bourne. It is produced by Mackintosh by arrangement with the Really Useful Group.