Fire damage at Mogador Theatre threatens Phantom’s Paris premiere
This story was updated at 17.30 on September 26 to reflect new information.
The 30th anniversary production of The Phantom of the Opera could be in jeopardy after a fire hit the Paris theatre where the show is due to be staged.
It is set to be the first time the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical has played in Paris and will star Sierra Boggess as Christine.
The production is scheduled to open at the Mogador Theatre in Paris on October 13, however the venue confirmed that a fire had broken out in the building’s basement on September 25.
The stage and parts of the set were damaged in the incident, which occurred shortly before 9am on Sunday morning.
A statement from the Mogador’s management confirmed no casualties had been reported, but that the extent of the required repairs to the stage and set was not yet clear.
Stage Entertainment, which owns the theatre, confirmed that the official opening night on October 13 would be cancelled and the theatre closed to the public until further notice, but that the company and everyone at the theatre were working hard to ensure that it could reopen as soon as possible.
The cause of the fire is still unknown.
The 1,800-seat theatre is situated in Paris’ ninth arrondissement, and the show is a collaboration between the Really Useful Group and Stage Entertainment.