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There's only one Phantom - and Northland has him.

Andrew Lloyd-Webber's Phantom of the Opera is a favourite with theatre fans the world over, but the rights holders are permitting just one production in the North Island this year, in Whangārei.

Whangārei Theatre Company has been preparing since last year to stage Phantom, and the show opens at Forum North on Thursday.

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