Phantom of the Opera London Cast Update

Update July 12, 2016 – Her Majesty’s Theatre

phantomreviewsbanner[1]

Cast Update

Ben-Forster Phantom of the opera London Cast Update at theatregold.comBen Forster – Phantom

Ben grew up in the UK city of Sunderland in the mid 1980’s.  At the age of 16, this real life Billy Elliot won a scholarship to attend the Italia Conti Performing Arts Academy. Ben’s transition from Sunderland schoolboy to the theatre world of London was captured in a successful prime time BBC1 documentary, The Dream Academy. During 2014 Ben returned to the West End to guest star in the role of Magaldi in the hit musical Evitaalongside Marti Pellow for its run at the Dominion Theatre. And last year, Ben returned to the West End stage reprising his role as Brad Majors in the special celebrity run of The Rocky Horror Show, alongside the creator and theatrical legend Richard O’Brien. The show was viewed by thousands after being broadcast live from the Playhouse Theatre to cinemas all over Europe.

Ben has most recently assumed the leading role of Buddy the Elf in Elf The Musical and was the first actor to do so outside the USA. Elf ran at the Dominion Theatre over the Christmas period and Ben has garnered considerable critical acclaim for his performance as Buddy, and was nominated for Best Actor in a Musical at the What’s on Stage Awards.


 

Celinde Schoenmaker Phantom of the opera London Cast Update at theatregold.com Celinde Schoenmaker – Christine

Born in the Netherlands, Celinde has been singing from a very young age. As a childgrowing up, she could be seen in Annie, Oliver and Pinocchio. She graduated from Fontys Conservatoire in Music Theatre in Tilburg with Edward Hoepelman as her singing teacher.  Whilst there she gained experience as Lily in The Secret Garden and in The Grand Hotel.  She graduated summa cum laude and received the honourary Jacques de Leeuw Award.

Celinde made her West End debut playing Fantine in Les Miserables in London and then went on to play Jenny in Love Story in Holland.  Most recently, Celinde returned to London to reprise the role of Fantine in Les Miserables


 

Lisa-Anne-Wood-phantom-london-theatregoldLisa-Anne Wood – Christine at Certain Performance

Training: Lisa-Anne grew up in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. She moved to London at 17 with the hope of forging a career as a professional actress. A year later she was lucky enough to earn a place at Guildford School of Acting, from where she graduated with a BA (Hons) in acting: musical theatre.

Theatre: Before graduating, Lisa-Anne was Cosette in the Olivier Award-winning cast of Les Misérables; this marked her West End debut. Also, The Wind in the Willows (workshop), Mrs Anderssen in A Little Night Music in Concert (Yvonne Arnaud), Rebecca in My Land’s Shore(Drill Hall), Princess Apricot in Jack and the Beanstalk (SECC Clyde Auditorium), Precious McGuire in Steel Pier (Union), Amy March inLittle Women in Concert (Playhouse), Cosette in ‘One Day More’ (Classic Brit Awards, Royal Albert Hall and ITV2), Claire Clairmont in Lord Byron’s Mistress (Jermyn Street) and, most recently, returning to star opposite John Barrowman in Dick McWhittington (SECC Clyde Auditorium).

Recordings: ‘Johanna (Reprise)’ in Songs from Sweeney Todd.

Lisa-Anne is delighted to be in this wonderful production, and would like to thank her friends and family for all of their love and support.


 

Nadim Naaman Phantom of the opera London Cast Update at theatregold.com Nadim Naaman – Raoul

Training: Nadim read Drama at The University of Warwick before training in Musical Theatre at The Royal Academy of Music.

Workshops include: Gulliver’s Travels (Another Way); The Green Cockatoo (NT); Goodbye Barcelona (Arcola) and Love Never Dies (Really Useful).

Theatre includes: Charles Clarke in Titanic (Princess of Wales, Toronto), Anthony Hope in Sweeney Todd (Harrington’s Pie & Mash Shop), One Man, Two Guvnors (NT at The Theatre Royal, Haymarket), The Phantom of The Opera (Her Majesty’s), The Sound of Music (The Palladium), Cinderella (The Harlington), Titanic (Southwark Playhouse), Chess (Union), Marguerite (Tabard), Thirteen Days (Arcola), Knight Crew (Glyndebourne), James and The Giant Peach (Watermill) and The Last Five Years (Pleasance).


 

Michael Matus Phantom of the opera London Cast Update at theatregold.com Michael Matus – Monsieur Firmin

Theatre includes: Fernando in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown(Playhouse), William Gray/Doctor Anderson in The Return of the Soldier (Jermyn Street Theatre), Jim in Hostage Song (Finborough), Sandor in The A to Z of Mrs P (Southwark Playhouse), Aaron in The Potsdam Quartet (Jermyn Street Theatre), Max Detweiler in The Sound of Music (Regent’s Park Open Air), Bernard Woolley in Yes Prime Minister (UK Tour), Derek/Petal in Taboo (Brixton Clubhouse), Valenti in Wonderful Town (The Lowry/Tour), Tito in Lend Me a Tenor (Gielgud and Plymouth), Berghetto/The Cardinal in Tis Pity She’s A Whore (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Ali Hakim in Oklahoma( Chichister Festival Theatre),  Stephen/Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol (Arts Theatre), Izzy in Imagine This (New London)


 

Christopher Dickins Phantom of the opera London Cast Update at theatregold.com Christopher Dickins – Monsieur Andre

Christopher Dickins trained at Guildford School of Acting.

West End credits include: War Horse, Blood Brothers, The Sound of Music, The Far PavilionsSalad Days and The Gondoliers. Other theatre includes The Threepenny Opera at the National; The Secret Garden at Birmingham Rep; Bare at Greenwich Theatre; Mary Poppins on tour; Dick Barton Quantum of Porridge at Croydon Warehouse; Not About Heroes at Hereford Courtyard; The Lost Warrior at Duke’s Lancaster;The Three MusketeersThe Pickwick Papers and The Canterbury Tales at Basingstoke Haymarket; A Star DancedFiddler on the Roof and Carmen at the Watermill, Newbury; Over My Shoulder at The Mill at Sonning; The Bacchae at the Nuffield, Southampton; Moll Flanders and Romeo in Romeo and Juliet at Salisbury Playhouse; William TellScarlatti’s Revenge and One Lump or Two for Natural Theatre Company; Outward Bound at the Palace Watford; First Me Then Him at Wimbledon Studio; Twelfth Night and Cabaret at Theatre Royal York; Charlotte’s Web at Chester Gateway; Charley’s Aunt at the Royal Northampton; Oklahoma! at the Arts Cambridge; and Kiss Me Kate at the Old Vic and Chichester Festival.


 

Megan Llewellyn Phantom of the opera London Cast Update at theatregold.com Megan llewellyn – Carlotta Giudicelli

Megan studied at the RWCMD and was subsequently awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music where she won the Gilbert Betjemann Opera Prize, graduating with Distinction. Other prizes include The Mabel Linwood Christopher Prize, The John Ireland Prize and The Sir Geraint Evans Scholarship.

Opera Roles include Antonia in The Tales of Hoffmann (Guildford Opera); Fiordiligi in Cosi fan Tutti ( Eastern Opera); Najade in Ariadne auf Naxos( St John’s Smith’s Square); Scenes from the Savoy (Opera Brava) as well as appearances with the DOyly Carte in HMS Pinafore at the Savoy and The Pirates of Penzance in the USA.


 

Jacinta Mulcahy Phantom of the opera London Cast Update at theatregold.com Jacinta Mulcahy – Madame Giry

Theatre includes: in the West End, Fiordiligi in Cosi fan Tutte, Doria in Cafe Puccini, Cosette in Les Miserables, Fiona in Brigadoon and Nurse Kelly in Harvey. UK tours: Baroness Elsa in The Sound of Music, Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls and Maria in The Sound of Music. Also, Elaine in Arsenic and Old Lace (Windsor), A Perfect Gentleman and The Authorised Version (King’s Head), Twopence to Cross the Mersey(Liverpool), Sondheim’s  There’s Always a Woman (Bridewell), Ettie in Come Back Paddy Reilly (USA tour), Eliza in My Fair Lady (Plymouth), Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Laura in The Glass Menagerie(Everyman), Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance (Cork Opera House), Henrietta in Robert & Elizabeth (Chichester), Oona O’Neil in The Little Tramp (Basingstoke), Ruth in Romantic Comedy (world tour) and Ma Baker in Daddy Cool.


 

John Ellis Phantom of the opera London Cast Update at theatregold.com John Ellis – Ubaldo Piangi

Originally from a small town in Melbourne Australia, John has worked extensively in musical theatre and opera concerts all over the world, living and working in New York, LA, London, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, Europe and the UK.

Theatre includes: Before leaving Australia, credits included The Wizard of Oz, Summer Rain, Assassins, Passion, The Mikado (KoKo), The Pirates of Penzance (Sam),Just a rainy day or two? New Habits, with Amanda Hodder, which saw the launch of his first solo album. It was moving to London which led to the roles of Simon & Judas in J.C.S UK, Opera on Q.M.2. and The 12 TENORS. He played Old Deuteronomy in Cats over 1,000 times on the world tour, working alongside the likes of Lea Salonga as Grizabella (Really Useful Group). Most recently, Piangi and Passarino in Das Phantom der Opera (Germany, Stage Entertainment).


 

Alicia Beck Phantom of the opera London Cast Update at theatregold.com   Alicia Beck – Meg Giry

Training:The Rawle School of Dance, Elmhurst School for Dance in Association with Birmingham Royal Ballet , BA (Hons) Degree Middlesex University

After an apprenticeship with Birmingham Royal Ballet Alicia moved to Europe to pursue her Ballet career, dancing with Ballet Dortmund, Ballet Nice Mediterrenee and most notably The Zurich Ballet.

She has danced corps de ballet and soloist roles in Ballets by Ashton, Balanchine Bigonzetti, Corder, Ek, Fokine, Forsythe, Hampson, Lifar, Lynne, Spoerli, Petipa and Wang, among others.


 

Standby Phantom – Scott Davies
The Ballet Chorus of the Opera Populaire – Zoe Arshamian
Swing – Charlotte Baptie
Swing – Kieran Brown
Page – Meshell Dillon
Joseph Buquet – Hadrian Delacey
Confidante (Il Muto) – Lyndsey Gardiner
Porter/Lion Man – Ryan Goscinski
Monsieur Reyer/Auctioneer – Philip Griffiths
Swing – Keith Higham
Madame Firmin – Lizzie Holmes
The Ballet Chorus of the Opera Populaire- Lily Howes
The Ballet Chorus of the Opera Populaire – Daisy Hulbert
Wardrobe Mistress – Ellen Jackson
Monsieur Lefvre – Tim Laurenti
Passarino/Hairdresser – Rhidian Marc
Swing – Leo Miles
Don Attilio (Il Muto) /Firechief – Tim Morgan
The Ballet Chorus of the Opera Populaire – Fiona Morley
Jeweller (Il Muto) – Paul Morrissey
Policeman in the Pit – Richard Munday
Swing-  Joanna O’Hare
The Ballet Chorus of the Opera Populaire – Danielle Pullum
Slave Master (Hannibal) – Simon Rackley
Soldier (Hannibal) – Ashley Stillburn
The Ballet Chorus of the Opera Populaire – Claire Tilling
Wild Woman (Hannibal) – Charlotte Vaughan
Princess (Hannibal) – Lisa-Anne Wood
The Ballet Chorus of the Opera Populaire – Georgia Ware
Updated 07/12/2016


Holding the Man on DVD Here