The Phantom of the Opera (Dramatized)

  • by Gaston Leroux, Barnaby Edwards
  • Narrated by Alexander Siddig, Anna Massey, James D'Arcy, Peter Guinness
  • 2 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original recording Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the cosmopolitan Paris of the 1880s, the new proprietors of the Opera House are amused to discover that their costly acquisition is said to be haunted. But their smiles quickly vanish as tragedy follows misfortune: a murdered stagehand, a fatal accident, a missing girl.
Fearful tales of the Opera Ghost race through the corridors and dressing rooms of the theatre. And with good reason - for deep in the catacombs beneath the Opera House, something is stirring....
A full cast dramatisation, featuring Anna Massey (Madame Giry), Peter Guinness (The Phantom), Alexander Siddig (The Persian), James D'Arcy (Raoul), Helen Goldwyn (Christine), Tony Millan (Moncharmin), Richard Earl (Richard), Nick Brimble (Philippe/Gaston), Nick Wilton (Lachenel/Mifroid), Geraldine Newman (Madame Valérius), Samantha Hughes (La Carlotta), Nicola Weeks (Meg/Adèle), and singers Linda Richardson (Christine/La Carlotta), Matthew Hargreaves (The Phantom). Director: Barnaby Edwards. Sound design: Matthew Cochrane. Music: Tim Sutton (violin played by Ruth Rogers).


What the Critics Say

"Very good. Barnaby Edwards...knows what he's doing." (Phantom'
"A wonderful cast...beautiful arias.... Awesome!" (
"Anna Massey...wonderful! The whole production is spectacular in every respect and a great joy." (


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Customer Reviews

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Enjoyable and fun!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Phantom of the Opera to be better than the print version?

I wouldn't call it better as they are two different mediums. The only aspect where it improves upon the print version is that I am able to hear what segments of Faust sounds like as it's referred to so often.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character is the Phantom, himself. He is extraordinarily talented and while I don't commend his actions against others, I can understand where it comes from. After all, no one showed him pity.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The actors and singers bring the book to life. As opposed to a regular audio book where you're listening to a singular narrator.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not one particular moment, no. I enjoyed the whole piece.

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- Lorelei Honeywolf "Life is too short to waste on bad authors."

Most Novel Accurate Phantom Adaptation Ever

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would wholeheartedly recommend this audio drama to anyone who is remotely interested in Phantom of the Opera or horror in general. This version of the classic story, "The Phantom of the Opera" is a full cast audio drama made by Big Finish productions. Meaning, it is not simply an audio book but features a full cast similarly to a radio play. This version is simply the most accurate adaptation of Gaston Leroux's novel ever. And trust me, I own 22 other versions. It's worth noting... this is based off the original novel. Thus, it is less romantic than the Andrew Lloyd Webber version most people are familiar with. That being said, it is still a masterpiece.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Phantom of the Opera (Dramatized)?

Without spoiling it for those who have not heard the original tale, this audio drama version features the final, heart wrenching monologue of Erik (the Phantom) from the novel which has very very rarely been adapted and has never been on screen I do not believe.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

The entire cast was perfectly suited, but the Phantom in particular I thought was absolutely perfect, one of my favorite actors in the role. His voice sounds creepy and yet elegant, as Erik should.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Before Andrew Lloyd Webber... There was a darker sort of Phantom in the Paris Opera House...

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- Chris Knight

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-23-2015
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions