LATEST: SIR Andrew Lloyd Webber is hoping to persuade his ex-wife Sarah Brightman to return to the stage role that helped turn her into a superstar. The musical impresario is interested in Brightman reprising her role as Christine in his upcoming Phantom of the Opera sequel. Lord Lloyd-Webber is working on the stage production with writer Frederick Forsyth, who penned The Phantom of Manhattan as a novel in 1999. And the composer thinks he might be able to persuade his ex to return to the stage in the role she made famous. He tells the BBC, "I happened to have dinner, quite unexpectedly, with Sarah the other night, and I was talking to her about it. "I don't know whether it was fate that suddenly found me talking to my original Christine, I thought it was rather strange and out-of-the-blue. "It wasn't really the time or place to go through it, but I'm very intrigued to think what she thinks of the story."