Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera coming to Dubai

The Phantom of the Opera will have at least a two-week run when it comes to Dubai Opera next year
Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera coming to Dubai
The smash-hit show, which is the longest running on Broadway (30 years in New York’s prime theatre district), comes to Dubai in autumn 2019, with dates to be confirmed next month.
By Neil Halligan
Wed 12 Dec 2018 05:17 PM

The Phantom of the Opera, the world’s most popular musical, is coming to Dubai next year.

The smash-hit musical, which is the longest running show on Broadway (30 years), comes to Dubai in autumn 2019, with dates to be confirmed next month.

Phantom will be brought to the Gulf region for the first time by Broadway Entertainment Group and will be the only set of peformances in the region next year. 

Dates

While no dates were confirmed for the show, Dubai Opera chief executive Jasper Hope told Arabian Business that the show will definitely run for more than a week 

“The show has to tour and they (Broadway Entertainment Group) will not let us hang on to it for too long. Will it be more than one week? Yes, almost certainly. Will it be as many as four? I don't know; we'll see,” said Hope. 

“I will be very interested to see the response to this announcement. I'm very excited and hopeful that it will be positive in Dubai and on a regional basis.”

Tickets

Tickets for the show will go on sale in the New Year, with pre-sale opening tomorrow (December 13) on the Dubai Opera website.

“We expect a phenomenal demand for tickets," said Hope. “Such is the demand from Dubai and the wider region, there will be an opportunity for people to register for tickets. We will be in touch with them and they will have the opportunity to buy first, as soon as the on-sale is announced in the first couple of weeks in January.”

West End, Broadway coming to Dubai

The Phantom of the Opera show coming to Dubai will be every bit the professional show that audiences see in London or New York, with 130 people in the cast, crew and orchestra.

Hope said audiences in Dubai can expect something extra special when it comes next autumn.

“The standard of production that we have delivered for all of the shows that we've done has got to be just like if you go to see Phantom in New York or London - you are getting at least the same quality of cast, musician, crew and set production in Dubai. That's the minimum level,” he told Arabian Business.

“What happened with Les Mis [when it came to Dubai] is that the production went up a notch and you got some of the best people from Broadway and London and a few of the touring cast and put together a special unit just to play in Dubai. And I think for Phantom it will be much of the same.”

Regional audiences

The Phantom is expected to be one of Dubai Opera’s biggest shows in the two years since it has been open.

During that time, the Downtown Dubai venue has staged over 450 performances, shows and events of all different genres.

“Chief amongst those has been about 100 that fall in the category of musical theatre,” Hope said, speaking at the launch, hosted at Sean Connolly restaurant.

“They include CATS, Evita, West Side Story, Les Miserables, Mary Poppins and many more. It is a very, very important component of our annual programme and will become ever so in the years ahead.”

He said the success is built on local and regional audiences taking advantage of professional productions coming to Dubai Opera.

“Audiences appreciate not having to get on a plane to London or to Broadway (New York) to see these shows, but to have a world class facility here in Dubai in order to see the very best that the world has to offer in the musical theatre genre,” he said.

Phantom story

Based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de L’Opéra by Gaston Leroux, Phantom of the Opera tells the tale of a disfigured musical genius known only as the Phantom who haunts the depths of the Paris Opera House.

Mesmerised by the talent 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 jealousy, madness and passions collide.

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