Phantom of the Opera

30 06 2008

Last Saturday saw me hitting the theatre again, this time to see captioned Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre, London. It’s the first time I’ve seen an Andrew Lloyd Webber production and I didn’t know what to expect.

The captions were a talking point amongst our group as they were scrolling captions, scrolling up line by line, rather than appearing word by word as they used to. Fabulous! It was so much easier to read, and flowed very smoothly, even when actors were singing different things at the same time. (You bet you gotta be able to read fast!) Stagetext coped with this admirably.

It was a very dramatic production, extremely slick and professional, with 130 cast, crew and orchestra members involved. The set changes were very fast and the stage seemed to be huge. The 230 costumes were particularly good, especially in the second act where they had a masked soiree with weird and wonderful dresses. Real candles were used, 281 of them, and firecrackers which made us jump out of our seats!

My friend Jeanette has seen Phantom six times and says this was the first time she has seen it with captions, and it was the best one for her. Now she can sing along! There was a touch too much singing for me, I would have liked to have sen more spoken dialogue. The Phantom got a standing ovation at the end. He did everyone proud and we had an outstanding night.

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