The wait’s nearly over! Journalists from around the world will gather at 10.30am today for the official launch announcement of Love Never Dies, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s long-awaited sequel to The Phantom of the Opera (See News, 11 Sep 2009).

At the press conference - held at Her Majesty’s Theatre, home of The Phantom of the Opera since it premiered 23 years ago this week – Lloyd Webber will be joined by the show’s director Jack O'Brien and the stars of the show, who will perform extracts.

Though full details will be confirmed shortly, Love Never Dies is expected to open on 9 March 2009 (previews from 20 February) at the West End’s Adelphi Theatre, starring Ramin Karimloo as the Phantom, American Sierra Boggess as Christine, and Summer Strallen as Meg Giry.

Love Never Dies is set in 1907, ten years after the conclusion of the original story. The Phantom has escaped to New York with Madame and Meg Giry and found success in Coney Island as a magician and entertainer. When he builds a new opera house, he persuades his old ingenue Christine Daae, now a huge star and married to her old flame Raoul, to sing for him once more...

The musical, which has lyrics by Glenn Slater, is directed by Jack O'Brien and designed by Bob Crowley, with choreography by Jerry Mitchell and lighting by Paule Constable.


Whatsonstage.com’s full coverage from today’s Love Never Dies launch includes: