Love Never Dies in London at the Adelphi Theatre

Love Never Dies

Previewed 22 February 2010, Opened 9 March 2010, Closed 27 August 2011 at the Adelphi Theatre

Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom and Christine - the world's greatest love story - continues with the new musical Love Never Dies in London

In 1907 New York, the mysterious 'Maestro' who runs the theatre at Coney Island announces a one-off concert by legendary Parisian soprano Christine Daae. Her arrival in New York with husband Raoul, Victome de Chagny and son Gustave, and their subsequent meeting with the 'Maestro,' bring the cataclysmic events of ten years earlier at the Paris Opera crashing back into all their lives.

Andrew Lloyd Webber's new musical Love Never Dies is his long awaited sequel to his hugely popular musical The Phantom of the Opera which continues to play at Her Majesty's Theatre in London.

Musical with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater, additional lyrics by Charles Hart, and book by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Glenn Slater, Ben Elton, and Frederick Forsyth.

PLEASE NOTE: There where no performances from Monday 22 to Thursday 25 November 2010 to enable a 'revised' version of the musical to be presented from Friday 26 November 2010. The script was reworked by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ben Elton, with additional lyrics by Charles Hart. There was additional direction by Bill Kenwright, and additional choreography by Bill Deamer.

The ORIGINAL cast from Monday 22 Februry 2010 to Saturday 5 March 2011 featured Ramin Karimloo as 'Phantom', Tam Mutu as alternate 'Phantom', Sierra Boggess as 'Christine', Joseph Millson as 'Raoul', Liz Robertson as 'Madame Giry', Summer Strallen as 'Meg Giry', Niamh Perry as 'Fleck', Adam Pearce as 'Squelch', and Jami Reid-Quarrell as 'Gangle', with Derek Andrews, Dean Chisnall, Lucie Downer, Paul Farrell, Charlene Ford, Lucy van Gasse, Celia Graham, Simon Ray Harvey, Jack Horner, Erin Anna Jameson, Jessica Kirton, Louise Madison, Janet Mooney, Colette Morrow, Ashley Nottingham, Tom Oakley, Mark Skipper, Annette Yeo, Helen Dixon, Chris Gage, Pip Jordan, Rae Piper, Jonathan Stewart, and Tim Walton.

The SECOND cast from Monday 7 March 2011 to Saturday 27 August 2011 featured Ramin Karimloo as 'Phantom', Tam Mutu as alternative 'Phantom', Celia Graham as 'Christine', David Thaxton as 'Raoul', Liz Robertson as 'Madame Giry', Haley Flaherty as 'Meg Giry', Tracey Penn as 'Fleck', Adam Pearce as 'Squelch', and Charles Brunton as 'Gangle'.

Directed by Jack O'Brien, with additional direction by Bill Kenwright, choreography by Jerry Mitchell, additional choreography by Bill Deamer, designs by Bob Crowley, projections by Jon Driscoll, lighting by Paule Constable, and sound by Mick Potter.

Ramin Karimloo's London theatre credits include playing the roles of both 'The Phantom' and 'Raoul' in Hal Prince's production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty's Theatre, and the ensemble cast in Ian Talbot's revival of Joseph Papp's version of Arthur Sullivan and W S Gilbert's The Pirates of Penzance at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre in 2001.

Liz Robertson's London theatre credits include playing the roles of 'Phyllis Stone' in Bill Deamer's concert staging of Stephen Sondheim's Follies at the London Palladium in 2007; 'Mavis' in Julia McKenzie's production of the Richard Harris, Denis King and Mary Steward-David musical Stepping Out at the Albery Theatre in 1997; 'Marian Paroo' in Ian Talbot's revival of Meredith Wilson's The Music Man at the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park in 1995; 'Maria' in Wendy Toye's revival of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The Sound of Music at Sadler's Wells in 1992; 'Erika Welles' in Bryan Forbes' production of the Richard Levinson and William Link thriller Killing Jessica at the Savoy Theatre in 1986; 'Eliza Doolittle' in Robin Midgley's revival of the Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe musical My Fair Lady at the Adelphi Theatre in 1979; and 'Mrs Anderssen' in Harold Prince's production of Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music at the Adelphi Theatre in 1975.

Andrew Lloyd Webber's other London theatre musicals include Aspects of Love, The Phantom of the Opera, The Beautiful Game, Cats, Stephen Ward, Sunset Boulevard, Starlight Express, Jesus Christ Superstar, Tell Me On A Sunday, By Jeeves!, Evita, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, School of Rock, The Woman in White, and Whistle Down The Wind.

"Andrew Lloyd Webber tends to think of his musicals as his babies, and woe betide anyone who suggests that he doesn't know how to bring them up. For all that, the great man agreed, remarkably, to surrender Love Never Dies if not for adoption, then at least for some intensive nursery care, to the impresario Bill Kenwright and the lyricist Charles Hart... Kenwright has knocked a lot of its old pretentions out and made it a lot more focused and less encumbered piece of work. It gets to the point right from the start with 'Till I Hear You Sing' - probably its strongest number - in which the disfigured hero pines for his muse Christine. The show was already the most visually stunning in the West End, but, after this intelligent and sensitive reworking, it doesn't just have good looks, but a heart and soul to boot. As the Phantom and Christine, Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess have acquitted themselves well since the first night, but - freed from the shackles of some of Lloyd Webber's obscuring, over-deferential exposition - their performances seem, all of a sudden, a lot more raw and affecting." The Sunday Telegraph

"Finally the long awaited sequel to the Phantom of the Opera is here-and it's spectacular, particularly in looks. The heartbroken Phantom has been smuggled from Paris to Coney island by Madame Giry - where he spends 10 years pining over a mannequin of Christine. But then he manages to lure Christine, her husband and son to Coney island... It's a big, beautiful show, although it does not immediately eclipse its predecessor. And strangely, it's not the show's new melodies but the Phantom tunes you're humming on the way home." The News of the World

"There was much that was right about Love Never Dies... not least a scorching score, singing to die for, show-stopping sets and fabulous special effects. But it was far from perfect: the plot was slack, the characters too sketchy to care about, and while the show made little sense as a sequel to Phantom Of The Opera, it had no identity of its own... Lloyd Webber drafted in his friend and fellow impresario Bill Kenwright to give it a makeover. He's done a marvellous job of it, partly because he's come to the sensible conclusion that since half the world has seen and loved Phantom, a sequel was what was wanted and resistance was futile. There's now an unmistakable musical reference to the main melody of the original... The narrative tension has been tightened, the rivalries sharpened, the ending made more ambiguous. Kenwright has fixed it: a bloodless ghost of a show has become a fabulous, full-blooded, passionate drama with masses to sing about." The Mail on Sunday

Love Never Dies in London at the Adelphi Theatre previewed from 22 February 2010, opened on 9 March 2010, and closed on 27 August 2011 (The first preview on 20 February 2010 was cancelled).