The silver screen celebrates a silver anniversary

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The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall is coming to Blackpool Odeon on Sunday – hot on the heels of the massively popular Les Miserables from the 02.

To mark its 25th Anniversary year, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh present The Phantom of the Opera in a fully-staged, lavish production, set in the Victorian splendour of the Royal Albert Hall with a cast and orchestra of over 200.

Audiences around the world are being invited to join the celebration on Sunday when the event is beamed live via satellite to cinemas across the globe.

The Phantom of the Opera became the longest running show in Broadway history on January 9, 2006, when it celebrated its 7,486th performance, surpassing the previous record holder Cats.

This coincided with the Broadway and the US national touring company celebrating an unprecedented 20,000 performances in the United States.

In October 2010 the London production celebrated its 10,000th performance.

The show has won over 60 major theatre awards, including seven Tony Awards on Broadway and three Olivier Awards in the West End. It won the Most Popular Musical Audience Award, voted by the public, in the 2002 Laurence Olivier Awards.

It opened at Her Majesty’s Theatre on October 9, 1986, starring Michael Crawford as The Phantom and Sarah Brightman as Christine.

Manager Colin Alexander said: “We are committed to bringing great culture events to Blackpool as part of Odeon+.

“The support we have received from guests has been phenomenal with us having many sold out shows. To use the old cliche –be sure to book early to avoid disappointment!”

* Tickets are on sale now from, or by dropping in to the Odeon box office on Rigby Road. The show starts at 7pm, doors open 6.30pm.

Running time is 200 minutes.