John Owen-Jones & Ben Forster join Phantom Of The Opera cast

John Owen-Jones & Ben Forster join Phantom Of The Opera cast

Updated On: May 1, 2018
By Nicki McIntyre
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    John Owen-Jones, Ben Forster and Celinde Schoenmaker lead major new cast changes for Andrew Lloyd Webber's smash hit musical The Phantom Of The Opera at at Her Majesty’s Theatre.

    From 7 September 2015 John Owen-Jones will returns as ‘The Phantom’ until Saturday 30 January 2016. Owen-Jones has played the role more times than any other actor in the West End production's history, having most recently played the part during the UK  tour. He's also known for being the first British actor to play 'Jean Valjean' in Les Misérables in the West End and on Broadway, as well as the on the 25th anniversary tour. Having most recently apeared in Sweeney Todd at the English National Opera, his theatre credits also include A Little Night Music (National Theatre), The Pirates of Penzance and Much Ado About Nothing (both Regent's Park Open Air Theatre), and Show Boat (Royal Albert Hall).

    From 1 February 2016 Ben Forster will take over as ‘The Phantom’, following his role as ‘Buddy’ in ELF at the Dominion Theatre later this year. Best known for winning the ITV1 talent show, Superstar, his theatre credits include Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita (Dominion). He'll soon appear in The Rocky Horror Show at the Playhouse Theatre this September 2015.

    They are joined by Celinde Schoenmaker as ‘Christine Daaé’ from 7 September, fresh from playing Fantine in Les Misérables at The Queen’s Theatre, where she made her West End debut in 2013.

    Also joining the cast from 7 September will be Nadim Naaman as ‘Raoul’; Michael Matus as ‘Monsieur Firmin’ and Christopher Dickens as ‘Monsieur André’.

    Continuing their roles are Lara Martins as ‘Carlotta’; Jacinta Mulcahy as ‘Madame Giry’; John Ellis as ‘Piangi’ and Alicia Beck as ‘Meg’. Emmi Christensson will continue as the alternate ‘Christine Daaé’ until June 2016 when Lisa-Anne Wood takes over the role.

    Nadim Naaman returns to The Phantom Of The Opera having appeared in the production from 2010 to 2012. His London theatre credits include Sweeney Todd (Harrington’s Pie & Mash Shop), One Man, Two Guvnors (National Theatre and Theatre Royal Haymarket) and The Sound of Music (London Palladium).

    Michael Matus’ theatre credits include Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown (Playhouse), The Sound of Music (Regents Park Open Air Theatre), Yes Prime Minister (UK Tour), Lend Me A Tenor (Gielgud Theatre), Oklahoma (Chichester Festival Theatre) and Imagine This (New London Theatre).

    Christopher Dickens’ West End credits include War Horse, Blood Brothers, The Sound of Music, The Far Pavilions, Salad Days and The Threepenny Opera.

    The Phantom Of The Opera is currently booking at Her Majesty's Theatre until 26 March 2016.

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