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Venue: Adelphi Theatre

Running Time: 2 Hours 45 Minutes

Seating Plan: View Seating Plan

Love Never Dies - Our Review

Reviewed By: Westend Musicals

Rating: 5 / 5

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Love Never Dies

On Saturday night I had the pleasure of going to see Andrew Lloyd Webber’s follow up to the smash-hit musical, The Phantom of the Opera, at the Adelphi theatre on the Strand. Optimistically titled ‘Love Never Dies’, I was a bit sceptical about this new show, which has so far had mixed reviews. How could it be as good as the original? Was there enough story left in the romance between the Phantom and soprano Christine Daae to fill another few hours of musical?

Any fears were quickly laid to rest with the opening sequence, a brightly-coloured, fast-paced mixture of an old-fashioned ‘freak show’ and the Cirque du Soleil – with acrobatics you don’t often see on a traditional West-End stage. The first act flew by – reintroducing us to familiar characters and catching up with the past 10 years (a quick snapshot: the Phantom, Madame Giry and her daughter have moved to Coney Island, New York, where they’ve set up a popular show, but the Phantom still has pretty strong feelings for old love Christine, now the world’s most famous soprano and with a 10 year old son to boot, so under the guise of Mr Y, a wealthy but reclusive theatre owner, he invites her and the family to come and perform one last aria – they all arrive – and the proverbial really hits the fan).

The performers are very well cast – the Phantom and Christine in particular, and those of us who despaired at Gerard Butler’s ‘singing’ in the film version will be delighted with Rarim Karimloo’s impressive vocals. West-end debutante Sierra Boggess rises to the occasion, particularly in Christine’s big number at the end of the second act – no mean feat considering the entire show is a build up to this moment. Joseph Millson, as Christine’s gambling, alcoholic husband (this was the biggest departure from the original) provided what would be termed comic relief in any other show – but the Phantom isn’t really about the comedy…

The main difficulty with Love Never Dies – and this would be a difficulty with any sequel to a hit musical – is that the original Phantom score is so iconic, so well-known and so haunting, that the new songs just can’t live up to it. Just two days later, I can’t remember any of the tunes, and am abstractly humming the original.

Add to this a couple of truly cringe worthy moments (my date compared one line to a Futurama episode), meaning I found myself shedding a tear one moment, but muffling laughter the next, and the end result is huge appreciation for the production, the effects, the performers and the orchestra (so much so that they got a standing ovation at the end) just tempered with a slight disbelief that a clever writer didn’t pick up on some of the more ridiculous aspects before the show began. But maybe I should have expected this from a Lloyd Webber and Ben Elton partnership?

Overall the show was fantastic, and a Saturday night very well spent. If I sound a little cynical, blame it on a jaded Londoner’s view of life and love as perpetuated by the mass media rather than the show… If anything was going to make a non-believer believe in love again, it would be the Phantom – a true romantic.

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The site of the Adelphi Theatre has had numerous earlier entertainment venues on it, and the current theatre, which has Art Deco interiors, was designed by Ernest Runtz and built by Frank Kirk. It opened in 1930,...

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