Invitations to the gala preview performance (October 8th, 1986) and grand dinner following the world premiere (October 9th 1986) of The Phantom of the Opera in London
Michael Crawford as the Phantom, above all, brings out the character’s solitary pathos rather than his demonic horror: it is the humanity under the mask that seizes the attention, not least when his flickering desperate hands suddenly emerge from behind an Angel of Music hovering over the lovers on the Opera House rooftop.
What is the story here?
I’ve also been curious about that. Since the original Toronto production of Cats closed before POTO opened (March 1985-March 1987), there can’t be any relation there. But Canada also had some national tours of Cats, until 1992. Maybe this was the launch of the Canadian Tour in 1992, with POTO “taking over” for Cats?
(Also, that bodice is Rebecca Caine’s second bodice, so it’s late in her run. And I think she stayed around until 1992?)
I was bored the other night and did some sketches of Erik. I started off with a skull, hence the weird nose area. When I finished Erik I thought he could use some accessories so I made a little mask and wig. Not a bad job I think and pretty fun!
Joke de Kruijf:
Original Hamburg understudy ca. 1990-92 (no photos),
Alternate Principal in Vienna ca. 1993 (photo 2 and 7),
Principal in Scheveningen ca. 1993-94 (rest of the photos).
From the 1987 Phantom of the Opera Original London Cast Recording
These illustrations appeared in the libretto booklet for the Original London Cast Recording. They were also reproduced in the Libretto section of George Perry’s The Complete Phantom of the Opera.