The Phantom of the Opera released for UK licence

County College of Morris in New Jersey, USA, performed Phantom last year after the show was released to US high schools and colleges

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Phantom of the Opera, The Really Useful Group today announce the immediate availability of the show to be performed in academic schools and colleges in the UK and Eire.  (Both titles, joined by other Lloyd Webber musicals, are already in selected release in North America, exclusively through R&H Theatricals.)

Commenting on today’s announcement, Andrew Lloyd Webber said:

“One of the first pieces I wrote was Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. It was originally written for a school. Later it was expanded to be a full length stage show but I still get a kick out of seeing it performed in the way it began over forty years ago.

No way was either Cats or The Phantom Of The Opera written for schools even if TS Eliot did write his brilliant cat poems for his godchildren.

But such is the extraordinary growth of interest in musicals at grass root level all over the world, plus the astonishing capabilities of our younger performers, that now schools, colleges and amateur societies put on productions that give professionals a huge run for their money.

I am therefore delighted that Cats and Phantom are available to be performed by schools and colleges for the first time. Good luck and have fun!”

Shows of the stature of Cats and The Phantom of the Opera very rarely get released for licensing by academic schools and colleges, which makes today’s announcement all the more significant. Whilst the musical and staging requirements of both shows are complex, it is possible for academic institutions to produce successful productions which will attract a broad and interested audience.

The Phantom of the Opera, which has been seen by over 130 million people worldwide and has been performed in 14 different languages in 145 cities around the globe is, for many, the greatest musical ever written. It is still the longest running musical ever on Broadway and has won over fifty major awards. In June 2010, The Phantom of the Opera was also released for license to high schools and colleges across the USA and Canada.

When Phantom became Broadway’s longest running show, it took over from Cats, which had played for over 21 years. The show, based on the poems of T.S Eliot, took over £115 million at the UK Box Office and regularly tours around the world.

How to put on a show
To perform one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s shows, schools must, in the first instance, contact The Really Useful Group Licensing dept via the website: http://www.stageamusical.com/. Shows already available from the Really Useful Group include By Jeeves, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, The Likes of Us and Sunset Boulevard.

In the US, Canada and Mexico, the Lloyd Webber musicals are licensed exclusively by R&H Theatricals, including The Phantom of the Opera (high schools and colleges only), Sunset Boulevard (professional theaters only), Cats, By Jeeves, Evita, Song & Dance, Aspects of Love, Jesus Christ Superstar and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.  For more, visit www.rnh.com or visit www.facebook.com/rodgersandhammerstein.

More to come
The release of The Phantom of the Opera and Cats, to the schools market, represents the start of a roll-out of all of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s major musicals to both the education and amateur markets worldwide. Shows already being worked on include Whistle Down the Wind, The Boys in The Photograph (produced in the West End as “The Beautiful Game”) and the huge hit, Starlight Express.

6 Responses to The Phantom of the Opera released for UK licence

  1. ElvenErin says:

    Does this mean that the show will be closing? (What a terrifying thought.)

  2. Lilyjoylily says:

    That’s amazing..cant wait!

  3. Rick Schneider says:

    We eagerly await the release of amateur rights to POTO in the U.S.

    Why not now?

  4. Kristen W says:

    That’s awesome that now the UK cn perform this amazing show- I recently had the honor of playing Christine Daae in my high school production last year and it was incrediable. Girls who are thinking of playing Christine, be prepared to work your butt off b/c you dont get that much down time. Set your costumes waaaayyyy ahead, put 2 water bottles on either side of the stage just for you and, when it gets close to your opening night, DO NOT SING the notes up to the high Eb ( which unless you use a recorded version, you will have to produce that note every night- not easy, trust me). It will wear your voice down very very fast!!!!

  5. Graham Deasy says:

    Taunton School have just finished a five show run of PotO School Production (June2012)
    It was a quite magnificent version of which they should be justifiably proud.
    The School made an investment both financially and in committing time and effort and boy it was worth it.
    Many congratulations to all involved.

    An accurate review of the show can be found on the Taunton School website.

    • Joe Rockett says:

      Dear Graham!

      I saw this and thought I may respond by saying that I am so glad you enjoyed it!

      As the technical director, lighting and stage designer of the Taunton School production of Phantom, it really was a pleasure to recreate such an iconic show with such talented young people in both the cast and crew. It was truly an incredible effort from all!

      Very best regards,

      Joe Rockett
      Production Manager/Designer

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