Yesterday we went to the Birmingham Hippodrome to see the latest touring production of Phantom of the Opera, with the brilliant Earl Carpenter playing the role of Phantom. Expectations were high as we had seen good reviews for the production and we were not disappointed. We were particularly impressed by the role of Christine being taken by understudy Olivia Brereton who had a beautiful voice and has an astounding career ahead of her.
Despite having a slightly restricted view of the stage left wing (we missed the famous “hanging scene”) it was a well staged production making full use of the stage, with colourful costumes and slick transitions between scenes. It is always a challenge to capture the right mood for the underwater boat scene, but the production executed it well with an open staircase and movement across the full width of the stage.
The quality of the singing, both of the principles and ensemble was of a high standard, but the Phantom stole the show with his outstanding voice.
Phantom is at the Hippodrome until the 4th of May 2013.