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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The fire at the Paris theatre Mogador

At the theatre Mogador in Paris has been a serious fire. Fortunately, has done without human victims. But the damage is huge — not only material but also moral. The fact that the new season was set to open the musical “the phantom of the Opera” production which was dedicated to the celebration of the 30th anniversary of this iconic show, Andrew Lloyd Webber. Burned all the sets and costumes, completely burned the mirror scene. The show will be.

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Theatre Mogador” (Le théâtre Mogador) is situated at number 25 on the same street in the heart of Paris. It was built 100 years ago (completed in 1919) by the architect Bertie Crewe as a replica of the London palladium theatre. Theatre, with its impressive history. In particular, there was the Diaghilev seasons in Paris. In 2005, the owner of the building becomes an international theatre company Stage Entertainment, which forms its French subsidiary. Done major reconstruction with the replacement of the seats (hall has 1600 seats), the expansion of premises, change of interiors of the lobby. In 2007, the theatre opened with the musical “the lion King”. Further, the world of Broadway hits: “Mamma Mia”, “sister Act!”, “Beauty and the beast,” “dance of the vampires”, “Cats”.

And here comes the 2016/17 season. This theatre company chooses to commemorate the anniversary, perhaps the greatest show in the genre of the musical — phantom of the Opera. The show just closed in Moscow, and the set (scenery) and costumes and props move to Paris. It was in this city must pass the anniversary of “Phantom” — because it is an action musical. However, in a different theatre in opéra Garnier or Grand Opera, as it is called in common parlance. And now — a mystical story: theater “Mogador” takes on the fate of the Opera the story of the Ghost. It burns down under mysterious circumstances, as is the case in the musical. According to the preliminary conclusion of firemen, the fire started at night in the basement (!!!). According to rumors, the reason for the weld — mounted hatch, which in the course of action to jump Raul. Sparks allegedly fell to the Mat, which caught fire. Then there was smoke throughout the building. The fire was liquidated 20 firefighters calculations. And as is usually the case, that is not burned, then drowned. Expected timing of recovery of the building from 3 to 6 months. Now instead of the triumphant jubilee of impressions we can expect a sad and gloomy place. Truly the phantom of the Opera is alive: he’s here, he’s close, he continues to create a theatrical myths and urban legends.

Dmitry BOGACHEV, General Director of the Russian branch of the company, commented on this drama:

— As far as I know, the cause of the fire was a short circuit, which occurred during the technical preparation of the show. The company is currently investigating the incident. The Prime Minister and the production, obviously, will be postponed for several months in connection with recovery equipment and automatics, expensive decorations, including decoration items, and damaged the stage area of the theatre: the stage and the fly loft. According to my information, the creative team, actors and musicians will be dissolved at the time of the restoration work.


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