Ben Forster’s association with Andrew Lloyd Webber began when he won ITV’s SUPERSTAR in 2012 and played the title role in the UK arena tour of the rock opera JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. It continued last month when he became the Lead Phantom in the world’s highest grossing musical of all time, Lord Webber’s mesmerising THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at Her Majesty’s in London.
Unfortunately Ben damaged his ribs early in his run and was unable to perform for the past month. When he told me that he was playing ‘the masked one’ while signing my ELF sketch at The Dominion earlier in the year, I said I must draw him as the Phantom. And I did and popped past the theatre each weekend check to see if he has recovered. Luckily he returned to the lair this week where I caught up with him after Saturday’s evening performance.