ROMSEY residents are being reminded from Friday they can enjoy the sounds of the West End thanks to a new production in Romsey.

For more than nine years between them, they brought down the chandelier at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London’s West End playing the lead role in Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s The Phantom Of the Opera.

Now, in the wake of the greatest crisis their industry has ever faced, Earl Carpenter and John Owen-Jones have found a way of breaking down the barriers to enjoying a night out at the theatre - by going open air.

The two ex-Phantoms have combined to developed an innovative new production ‘Voices Of The West End’ that will bring the magic of the musicals live to audiences once again- in a new, safe way.

It will take place in Broadlands Park until Sunday, September 6.

Visitors will have 3m square, roped off picnic pitches will ensure lovers of live performance can again enjoy four of the West End’s finest voices perform with live musicians in a safe environment.

John said: “This has been inspired by so many friends and fans messaging both of us and saying one of the things they have missed the most is a trip to the theatre.

“Much has been written about the crisis facing live performers, so we wanted to do something positive in the face of that.”

John and Earl have performed together before as the original Valjean and Javert of Cameron Mackintosh’s 25th Anniversary Tour of Les Misérables, Broadway and West End Stars, Earl Carpenter and John Owen-Jones, a partnership immortalised on the 2010 Les Misérables Live.

They will be joined by Kerry Ellis, who originated lead roles in West End and Broadway productions of Wicked and We Will Rock You, and Katie Hall, who played the legendary Christine role alongside John and Earl in London’s West End and UK touring productions.

Earl and John have developed an evening designed to celebrate the joy of musical theatre.

John added: “Everyone knows one of the happiest and most joyful escapes can be a trip to see your favourite musical performed live and we felt a slice of that is exactly what was needed right now- we’ve all had enough of only looking at screens.”

Earl, John, Katie, Kerry and musicians Music Director and Accompanist Jennifer Whyte and Cellist Yvonne Marie Parsons are championing Acting For Others.

Tickets are based on up to four people only exclusively from two households or support bubbles sharing a post and roped pitch that is allocated on arrival.

Tickets for Zone A cost £185, Zone B cost £140 and Zone C cost £110. Tickets are on sale at