Jon Robyns is currently starring as The Phantom in The Phantom Of The Opera playing at His Majesty’s Theatre in the West End.
The Phantom of the Opera is widely considered one of the most beautiful and spectacular productions in history, playing to over 160 million people in 41 countries and 186 cities in 18 languages. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s romantic, haunting and soaring score includes Music of the Night, All I Ask of You, Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again, Masquerade and the iconic title song.
Jon Robyns stars alongside Holly-Anne Hull as Christine Daaé, Matt Blaker as Raoul, Kelly Glyptis as Carlotta, Matt Harrop as Monsieur Firmin, Adam Linstead as Monsieur André, Greg Castiglioni as Ubaldo Piangi, Francesca Ellis as Madame Giry and Ellie Young as Meg Giry. At certain performances the role of Christine Daaé is played by Paige Blankson.
You’re playing the iconic role of the Phantom in the West End, how would you describe the musical to anyone who hasn’t seen it?
Phantom of the Opera is based a 19th Century dark melodrama. It is the most opulent and grand musical in the West End. The story is one of passion, dark obsession and the redeeming power of love.
How did you feel when you were first cast in the role?
Like I’d been trusted with a very precious and special thing that thousands of people love. It’s a responsibility but also a privilege.
What have you found most challenging about playing the Phantom?
His Capes. They take some getting to grips with.
And what’s been your favourite moment so far?
My favourite moment in the show is during the last scene when there’s a beat of silence after a moment of very high drama. You can hear a pin drop and no one dares to breathe. That’s my favourite, when you can stun any audience.
What would you say to anyone thinking of booking to see The Phantom of the Opera?
That they are guaranteed to be transported by music and colour away from whatever’s happing in their lives.