Phantom of the Opera sequel ‘set for return to West End’

The sequel to the legendary Phantom of the Opera – Love Never Dies – is set to return to the West End in 2014 after a successful run in Australia.

Its London premiere was widely regarded as a flop but Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical may be returning to the West End next year following an extensive UK tour.

While recording an ITV special celebrating his 40-year career, the composer let it slip that a revival was being worked on, with it due "later this year or early next". In response to that David Ian and Michael Harrison, producers of West End hit The Bodyguard, announced the tour that would be beginning in February next year.

According to Playbill, the pair will be booking a large tour around Britain, with an eye towards a West End return should it prove a success.

The production will be based on Simon Phillips' Australian staging, which has proven a major hit since its premiere in May 2011. The original run struggled to shake off a handful of negative reviews, but it is hoped with a few tweaks, plenty of people will be willing to spend an evening at the theatre watching it as part of a weekend in one of the many luxury hotels in London.

It managed to pick up seven Olivier Award nominations in 2011 and in Australia, the production scooped ten nominations at the Helpmann Awards and won three of them.

During the filming of the ITV programme, Lloyd Webber also stated that his latest works – based on the Profumo scandal of the 1960s – is now ready for production.

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