"…hide your face to the world will never find you…."
This is one of the most touching moments of the show, if done right. It shows a broken down and almost childlike Phantom left alone in his lair, and it ties the opening and ending scene together. It shows him after he’s made the biggest sacrifice of his life.
I’ve seen this moment done very differently - some mimicking the movements of the monkey, some covering its face like his own half mask, some just breaking down and sobbing beside it, some trying to keep an ounce of dignity. There are so many ways of playing this specific moment. Here’s some of my favourite photos of it:
1. Ramin Karimloo, West End.
2. Dave Willetts, UK tour.
3. Peter Jorde, Copenhagen.
4. Christian Müller, Essen.
5. Hartwig Rudolz, Hamburg.
6. Juan Pablo Skrt, Buenos Aires.
7. Hugh Panaro, Broadway.