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Why The Phantom of the Opera still has our hearts: History, mishaps & memories of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic

In Features, London theatre, Musicals, Native, Opinion by Violet Mackintosh

“Close your eyes and let the music set you free” – The Phantom of the Opera Last week I was reminded of my first theatre memory. I was eight and my parents took me to see The Phantom of the Opera for a Saturday matinee. I don’t remember the performance itself, but what I do recall is sitting in the dress …

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NEWS: Legendary choreographer & director Gillian Lynne dies at the of 92

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Director and choreographer Gillian Lynne, who will always be remembered for her groundbreaking work for musicals Cats and The Phantom of the Opera, has died at the age of 92. Theatres across London’s West End will be dimming their lights at 7pm on Monday 2 July as a tribute by the theatre industry and audience members to the legendary choreographer. The tradition …

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NEWS: Sister site #StageFaves launches new musical merchandise, collect all 2200+ performers…

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AllI Want for Christmas is… #StageFaves musical merchandise! My Theatre Mates’ sister site, the pioneering social media directory for musical theatre fans founded by Mates co-founder Terri Paddock, has launched several new ranges of fan merchandise, just in time for Christmas.

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What were our Top 25 reviews & other blogs in October 2016?

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What were the most popular contributions from our 20+ syndicate Mates bloggers from the month just closed. What were the reviews and other blogs that got readers clicking most? Our Top 25 Mates Blogs from October 2016 includes gaggles of reviews for our most read-about shows. Any surprises?