Late last year, Andrew Lloyd Webber released Love Never Dies, the sequel to Phantom, so Mum and I decided to splurge and go and see both of them in one day.
Yesterday was that day!
We drove up to London arriving just after midday. We went and had some lunch (we'd packed a picnic) in the garden at Leicester Square.
There were all these adorable elephant statues around (to do with saving the elephants as a species), so I took photos of the ones in Leicester Square.
The elephants were the idea of Coutts (which is, I believe a banking company?) and they had this gorgeous statue in their window.
After lunch, I went into the Cath Kidston shop in Covent Garden and splurged a bit more. I don't need a new purse or handbag, but....well....you know!
We saw Phantom at 2.30. It was the same Christine we saw last time, but the Phantom was played by someone else. I preferred the voice of the Phantom from last year, but the performance was so moving this time; I was practically sobbing at the end!
We had a couple of hours to kill, so we had a quick cuppa in this coffee house that sold these amazing cakes
We wondered around a bit and I did the whole tourist bit and took photos of the London Eye, the fountain at Trafalgar Square and the outside of Stringfellows nightclub (I was expecting something more...flamboyant!)
Then we went down to Trafalgar Square and ate the rest of our picninc before wondering along The Strand to the Adelphi Theatre to see Love Never Dies.
The story was pretty much what I was expecting, but the Rock and Roll aspect wasn't. It took a bit of getting used to, but the play itself was really good.
I find the whole story of Phantom so tragic and moving, he loves Christine so much - even through his madness.
Love stories always leave me melancholy sigh they remind me that I'm on my own!