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The Original 1984 Newcastle Playhouse Cast List

The Phantom of the Opera by Ken Hill, based upon the novel by Gaston Leroux, received it's first public performance in a production by the Duke's Playhouse in Lancaster (UK) on 26th July 1976. It was directed by John Blackmore, designed by Clare Lyth, with musical direction by Gary Yershon. It differed from later versions in having a modern score in addition to excerpts from Faust by Charles Gounod.

The Phantom of the Opera was also produced in a joint production by the Newcastle Playhouse and the Theatre Royal (Stratford East) on 3rd April 1984. Alasdair MacNeill arranged all the music and composed all the incidental music for this production. The modern score was discarded and all airs were taken from opera. The cast on this occasion was as follows:

Jammes ... Lynn Schofield
Richard ... Gordon Reid
Remy ... Gary Lyons
Debienne ... Ron Emslie
Mephistopheles ... Haluk Bilginer
Faust ... John Aron
Stage Hand ... Stage Management
Madam Giry ... Toni Palmer
Christine Daae ... Christina Collier
Raoul ... James Saxon
La Carlotta ... Franchine Mulrooney
The Phantom ... Peter Straker
Lady In Box ... Stage Management
The Groom ... Ron Emslie
The Gravedigger ... Ron Emslie
Lisette ... Stage Management
The Old Man ... Ron Emslie
Dominique ... Franchine Mulrooney
The Persian ... Haluk Bilginer
Mauclair ... Ron Emslie
The Chorus Girl ... Franchine Mulrooney
The Priest ... Ron Emslie

Directed by Ken Hill
Assistant Director Peter Rankinn
Musical Direction by Alasdair MacNeill
Designed by Sarah-Jane McClelland