A Spellbinding Delight: We Review The Phantom of the Opera at Curve
I must confess, I have never had an interest in seeing The Phantom of the Opera, the story for me just seemed far too removed from any form of reality and also, I have never really liked opera. Well, I can honestly say that I am glad I gave it a chance writes Hema Davda.
Sitting in my seat, flicking through my programme, I was completely unaware of what was about to unfold in front of my eyes. I was overwhelmed and mesmerised by the sheer vibrance and beauty of the entire production, from the set design and costumes to THAT fire-crackling chandelier!
I didn’t expect the music to affect me but I found myself completely entranced by the operatic voices of its three central characters, Christine, Raoul and the Phantom. Holly-Anne Hull’s (Christine) doe-eyed innocence was executed perfectly in stark contrast to the darkness of the Phantom although at times I wasn’t entirely convinced of their chemistry. Raoul, played by Rhys Whitfield gave a solid and honest performance and “All I ask of you” alongside Holly-Anne was both beautiful and emotional. I enjoyed the scenes with the theatre managers, Monsieur Andre (Adam Linstead) and Monsieur Firman (Matt Harrop), they were a nice break away from the intensity of the love triangle and I found primadonna Carlotta’s (Saori Oda) scenes to be completely over the top, much like her character.
Of the music, I have to say, I was spellbound by Masquerade. Visually, it was fantastic, the choreography, the set and the fabulous costumes, all so rich in detail. My eyes darted from one side of the stage to the other and back again, afraid that they would miss something! It was a complete attack on my senses and I loved it!
Phantom was wonderfully crazy and an absolute delight to watch, from the giant elephant to the candlelit boat ride to the Phantom’s lair, a definite must see whilst it’s in town, you will be spellbound.
The Phantom of the Opera is at Curve until 21st March
TO BOOK, VISIT WWW.CURVEONLINE.CO.UK. or call 0116 242 3595.
You can also catch it at Birmingham Hippodrome from
29th July – 12thSeptember 2020.