The Phantom of the Opera was first performed at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Haymarket, London, on October 9, 1986, and starred Michael Crawford as The Phantom and Sarah Brightman as Christine Daae. The musical, written and scored by renowned playwright Andrew Lloyd Webber, chronicles the story of a phantom that hides within the Paris Opera House and Daae, the actress who steals his heart.
The play has now been performed for over 30 years, with over 12,000 performances overall. The original show received two Olivier Awards in 1986: the Outstanding Performance in a Musical award, for Michael Crawford’s performance as The Phantom, and the prestigious Musical of the Year award. The 1988 New York performance also received seven Tony awards.