While Adele rewrites the history of British album sales, it's worth remembering that a masked phantom continues to stalk the record books with a sense of menacing permanence.
A quarter of a century after Andrew Lloyd Webber's groundbreaking musical premiered at Her Majesty's Theatre in the West End, the show is still running there, clocking up more than 10,000 performances and ranking third in the capital's all-time list behind Les Misérables and The Mousetrap. It has scooped Oliver and Tony awards, counts its revenues in the billions of pounds and sales of the soundtrack alone have topped 40 million copies. Which is even more than Adele.
Penned, of course, by Lord Lloyd Webber, the 25th anniversary staging of 'Phantom', held at the Royal Albert Hall late last year, also attracted more West End royalty with Cameron Mackintosh producing, and with input from Matthew Bourne. Directed by Laurence Connor and with a new design by Paul Brown, Mackintosh's Phantom of the Opera began its first national tour last month in Plymouth.
The tour continues throughout 2012 and into 2013 with more dates expected to be announced. The next stop is Manchester's Palace Theatre, from 5th April until 19th May, with subsequent runs across the country including the Bristol Hippodrome (23rd May to 30th June) and the Edinburgh Playhouse (19th September to 20th October).
We have a range of tickets available across a number of venues available now, priced from around £35.
Meanwhile, the Her Majesty's production continues to play to full houses - we've tickets available now.