The musical opened at Her Majesty’s Theatre on 9 October 1986 with Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman in the leading roles and there have been dozens of productions worldwide since then.
The Phantom of the Opera is the jewel in the crown of The Really Useful Group’s copyrights. It is the most financially successful musical of all time, with estimated worldwide grosses to date of over US$5 billion, making Phantomthe most successful entertainment venture of all time, surpassing not only any other stage production, but also far surpassing the world’s highest-grossing film Titanic (at $1.2 billion) and such other blockbusters as The Lord of the Rings, Jurassic Park and Star Wars. Worldwide attendance is over 80 million people, having played over 65,000 performances in 25 countries and 124 cities. It’s won over 50 Theater awards including 7 Tonys, and there are currently 8 productions around the world.