Awesome voices haunt Swindon's Wyvern Theatre when three Phantoms entertain (From This Is Wiltshire)
Awesome voices haunt Swindon's Wyvern Theatre when three Phantoms entertain
2:42pm Wednesday 25th September 2013 in News
Wyvern Theatre, Swindon.
Today 7,30pm, tomorrow 7.30pm. Tickets cost £26 - £29.50. To book call 01793 524481 or log on to www.wyverntheatre.org.uk
THE idea is a simple one - gather together three blokes who have all played the title role in Phantom of the Opera, throw in a couple of other musical theatre types to add to the harmonies, grab a pianist and a celloist and put on a show featuring a bunch of songs from some of the world's best loved musicals.
And sometimes, simple is best as this production is absolutely breathtaking from beginning to end.
The three phantoms making up the tour are Matthew Cammelle, Stephen John Davis and Glyn Kerslake, who between them have hundreds of years theatrical experience under their belts.
Each has a voice that dazzles in it's own way and when the three harmonise together it sends a shiver down your spine.
They are joined by leading lady Rebecca Caine (who created the role of Cosette in the original production of Les Miserables), singers Alistair Barron, Mandy Watsham Dunstall and Annette Yeo and musicians Laura Anstee and Anthony Gabriele.
Songs on the night included Prima Donna and Think of Me (from Phantom), Mr Cellophane (from Chicago), Into the Fire (from the Scarlet Pimpernel), Unchained Melody (from Ghost), Big Girls Don't Cry (from Jersey Boys) and a medly of songs from Les Miserables.
Their accapella version of I Dreamed A Dream didn't receive a standing ovation but deserved one. I am still in awe of how the singers produce some of the notes that they do.
They also performed a selection of songs from other shows inspired by Gaston Leroux's phantom.
The lighting designer also deserves a standing ovation. The set (essentially a semi-circular platform) is constantly transformed by the cues. It is a masterpiece - and it's not often that is said about lighting.
The audience on Tuesday night was small, but perfectly formed (I think there was some football match on...) but it deserves a full house.
If you love musicals, the theatre or just fancy a great night out being entertained by a supremely talented bunch of people get down to the Wyvern.
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