Given that £55 million went into the making of The Phantom of the Opera film, a mere £200,000 for the premiere night party may seem like spare change. However, for those used to comparatively low-key theatre opening nights, it was grandeur indeed. Even Andrew Lloyd Webber himself seemed taken aback by the scale of things. When he took to the stage with stars of the film - Minnie Driver (Carlotta), Jennifer Ellison (Meg Giry), Miranda Richardson (Madam Giry), Patrick Wilson (Raoul), Gerard Butler (the Phantom) and Emmy Rossum (Christine) as well as director Joel Schumacher – he couldn’t help peeking behind the screen and wondering aloud why the Leicester Square Odeon, with its 1,943 seats and spacious backstage area, wasn’t used as a theatre. After the screening, the star-studded capacity audience was whisked by private car and coach to an extravagant opera-themed party at Olympia in Kensington. In addition to opera and dance entertainment, there were stations for copious amounts of food and drink, thousands of Phantom-like red roses dangling from the ceiling rafters and, poised above the raised dance floor, the stunning crystal chandelier (care of Swarovski) that was used in the film. Amongst the celebrity guests in attendance for the festivities were Anthony Andrews, Michael Ball, Elaine Paige, Mel Smith, Adrian Lester, David Frost, Faye Tozer, David Seaman, Imogen Stubbs, Lady Isabella Hervey, Maureen Lipman, Amanda Burton, Shirley Bassey, Cilla Black, Ronnie Wood and Richard E Grant.