Production to tour U.K. from March
LONDON — Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera,” previously announced in Variety, will premiere at the Theater Royal Plymouth in March 2012 as part of a year-long U.K. tour.This production, overseen by Mackintosh and Matthew Bourne, has a new creative team, which has reconceived the staging with the exception of the original costume designs by the late Maria Bjornson. Helmed by Laurence Connor, it features choreography by Scott Ambler, sets by Paul Brown and lighting by Paule Constable (“War Horse”). John Owen-Jones and Earl Carpenter will share the title role and Katie Hall will play Christine. Previewing in Plymouth from Feb. 27 ahead of a March 13 press night, the show will then tour to Manchester, Bristol, Dublin, Leeds, Edinburgh, Milton Keynes, Cardiff and Southampton, ending on Feb. 16, 2013. The original production, helmed by Hal Prince, is showing in London, where it recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, New York, Budapest, Las Vegas and Kyoto. “Phantom” has grossed more than £3.2 billion ($5.1 billion) worldwide, more than any film or stage play in history, and has been seen in 145 cities in 27 countries and played to more than 130 million people.