“Ladies and Gentlemen,
At 11 o’clock on the 8th day of October 2009, I will be making an announcement of global importance.
Should my commands be ignored, a disaster beyond your imagination will occur. Amor Numquam Moritur.
Your obedient servant,
Phantom: Love Never Dies, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s much anticipated sequel to his smash hit musical The Phantom of The Opera, is set to create waves today when the show is officially launched.
Set in 1907, ten years after the conclusion of the original story, Love Never Dies continues the tale of the Phantom, Raoul, Christine, Madame Giry and Meg.
It is understood that the show is intended to open in 3 cities in quick sucession, making theatrical history on Broadway, West End and an Asian city (possibly Shanghai).
Lloyd Webber says: “I don’t think you could do this if it wasn’t the sequel to Phantom … We’ve been into the feasibility of rehearsing three companies at once and opening very fast in the three territories. The one which really interests me [in the Far East] would be China … I think to open Love Never Dies in Shanghai would be an enormous thing.”