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Carousel (2012)

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Voted best musical of the 20th century by Time Magazine, Rodgers and Hammerstein'sCarousel features some of the most powerful music ever written for the stage, including the immortal 'You'll Never Walk Alone', 'If I Loved You' and the joyful 'June is bustin' out all over'. A story of true love and the tragedy of feelings left unspoken, this classic American musical is deeply touching and will capture your heart.

In this major new production, the outstanding cast will be under the expert batons of James Holmes and Jonathan Gill. Faithful to Rogers & Hammerstein's original vision, this will be a remarkably fresh Carousel for the 21st century. 

Directed by Jo Davies (Ruddigore), with designs by Anthony Ward (Oliver, Chitty Chitty Bang BangPeter Grimes and Gloriana for Opera North) and choreography by the renowned Kim Brandstrup (ballet) and Kay Shepherd.

Find out more at www.carouseltheshow.com

A production created by Opera North, Leeds – General Director Richard Mantle, on May 2nd 2012, in co-production with the Châtelet Theatre, Paris – General Director, Jean-Luc Choplin

Music by Richard Rodgers
Book & Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Original Dances by Agnes de Mille

Based on the Play 'Liliom' by Ferenc Molnar as adapted by Benjamin F.Glaser

Performed by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited on behalf of R & H Theatricals of New York.

Barbican (B) cast performances:
August: 15, 16, 17, 18 (x2), 20, 24, 25 (7.30pm), 26 (5pm), 30 (2.30pm), 31;
September: 1 (7.30pm), 3, 6 (7.30pm), 8 (2.30pm), 9 (5pm), 12, 13 (2.30pm), 14, 15 (2.30pm) 

Leeds (L) cast performances:
: 22, 23 (x2), 25 (2.30pm), 29, 30 (7.30pm);
September: 1 (2.30pm), 2 (2.30pm), 5, 6 (2.30pm), 7, 8 (7.30pm), 10, 13 (7.30pm), 15 (7.30pm) 

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£17.50 - £75

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Leeds Leeds Grand Theatre 2nd - 19th May 2012 3:00pm & 5:00pm & 8:30pm

Carousel (2012)

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46 New Briggate

Enjoy 20% off your bill at Sandinista (Cross Belgrave Street - New Briggate) on presentation of your Opera North ticket when placing their food order. To book a table call 0113 305 0372. Food is served till 10pm through the week with final orders at 9pm Friday and Saturday. Only valid on the day of the performance their ticket is for. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.

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The theatre is easily accessible by public transport. It is approximately 10 minutes walk from the main bus station and 15 minutes walk from the train station with many buses stopping in the immediate vicinity. For the most up to date information on local bus and train times, please check WYMetro. There is also a taxi rank outside the theatre although we recommend booking a taxi in advance, particularly on a Friday or Saturday evening.

Parking is available at various nearby car parks, including Edward Street/Templar Street and the St John's and Merrion Centre shopping malls. A limited amount of on street parking available near the theatre is free after 6pm but this does tend to fill up very quickly.

Salford Quays The Lowry 23rd - 26th May 2012 3:00pm & 8:30pm

Carousel (2012)

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Pier 8
Salford Quays
M50 3AZ
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There is a passenger drop-off point immediately in front of The Lowry. Secure parking is available in The Lowry Outlet Mall multi-storey car park. There are designated areas for disabled parking on every level.

The Lowry is accessible by train, tram and bus. http://www.tfgm.com/

From national railway stations, Manchester Piccadilly and Victoria you can travel to The Lowry by Metrolink tram. You can board an Eccles line tram and should alight at Harbour City, or Media City UK for trams which stop there, as this is slightly closer.

More info: http://www.thelowry.com/plan-your-visit/getting-here/

Greater London The Barbican Centre 15th Aug - 15th Sep 2012 3:30pm & 6:00pm & 8:30pm

Carousel (2012)

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Silk Street
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Underground: Barbican, Moorgate



What you say

Comment from tony hume


tony hume said ago

what a show! the best since hytner's 1993 production (which i saw 6 times) just wonderful

Comment from Jean Punton


Jean Punton said ago

A wonderful production with excellent performances by everyone especially Eric Greene with his beautiful singing and sensitive acting.Thank you for a lovely evening.

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What the critics say

Beautifully staged […] easily the best Carousel since Nicholas Hytner’s National Theatre revival nearly 20 years ago.

The Guardian - Read full review

James Holmes conducts with panache, and having the score played by a full orchestra rather than a pit band reaps dividends. So does the decision to take a risk on casting newcomers Gillene Herbert and Claire Boulter as Julie Jordan and Carrie Pipperidge: both of them are an absolute delight.

The Telegraph - Read full review

As we’re exhorted to stand on our own two feet, to go out and give life its best shot, only the hardest of hearts could fail to be moved. […] A deeply satisfying evening.

The Arts Desk - Read full review

A stirring production that does full justice to these heartfelt musical numbers without stinting on the storytelling.

The Express - Read full review

I love Carousel but is it one of the greatest of "golden era"
Broadway musicals?  On the evidence of this production, absolutely!

Opera Britannia - Read full review

The sadness is electric and the theme timeless […] Got me hook, line and sinker, as the fishermen would say.

The Times - Read full review

You won’t hear this most haunting of Rodgers and Hammerstein scores better sung, especially by the female triumvirate of Gillene Herbert’s Julie Jordan, Claire Boulter’s Carrie Pipperidge and Elena Ferrari’s Nettie Fowler, who bring a ravishing vocal radiance to every song.'

The Stage - Read full review

Packed with colour, movement, dance and drama and you can practically smell the salty air of America’s north Atlantic coastline.

Yorkshire Evening Post - Read full review

'...an uncomplicated and excellent pleasure' 'This being the work of an opera company, musical standards were uppermost, with the orchestra on crisp form, sparkingly conducted by James Holmes.'

The Observer - Read full review

'Opera singers, actors, dancers and chorus members are seamlessly integrated.' 'If the first faltering refrain of "You'll never walk alone" doesn't get you, Kim Brandstrup's exquisite ballet portrait of Billy's orphaned daughter Louise (Alex Newton) will.'

Independent on Sunday - Read full review

'As the story arrives at heaven’s back gate, the stoical consolations of song emerge strongly (especially in You’ll Never Walk Alone), and James Holmes’s orchestra honours the buttercream swirls of melody.'

Sunday Times - Read full review

Jo Davies’s beautifully modulated staging is both joyous and haunting […] Tremendously uplifting.

Financial Times - Read full review

Additional Information

  • Julie Jordan Gillene Herbert (L)
  • Julie Jordan Katherine Manley (B)
  • Billy Bigelow Eric Greene (L)
  • Billy Bigelow Michael Todd Simpson (B)
  • Carrie Pipperidge Claire Boulter (L)
  • Carrie Pipperidge Sarah Tynan (B)
  • Nettie Fowler Elena Ferrari (L)
  • Nettie Fowler Yvonne Howard (B)
  • Enoch Snow Joseph Shovelton (all performances ex 26 Aug, 2 Sept)
  • Enoch Snow Philip Lee (26 Aug, 2 Sept)
  • Jigger Craigin Michael Rouse (all performances)
  • Mrs Mullin Candida Benson (all performances)
  • Star Keeper / Dr Seldon John Woodvine (August 15, 16, 17, 18 (mat), 20, 22, 23 (x2), 29, 30, (eve); September 1 (mat), 3, 5, 6 (mat), 7, 8 (eve), 10, 13 (mat), 14, 15 (eve))
  • Star Keeper / Dr Seldon Peter Bodenham (August 18 (eve), 24, 25 (x2), 26, 30 (mat), 31; September 1 (eve), 2, 6 (eve), 8 (mat), 9, 12, 13 (eve), 15 (mat) )
  • Heavenly Friend / 1st Policeman William Kenning (all performances)
  • Louise Beverley Grant (B)
  • Louise Alex Newton (L)
Creative Team
  • Conductor James Holmes (August ex 24, 25 (mat), 29, 30 (eve), 31; September 8 (x2), 9, 10, 12, 13 (eve))
  • Conductor John Rigby (August 24, 25 (mat), 29, 30 (eve), 31 ;September 8 (x2), 9, 10, 12, 13 (eve )
  • Director Jo Davies
  • Set & Costume Designer Anthony Ward
  • Choreographer Kay Shepherd
  • Choreographer (Ballet) Kim Brandstrup
  • Lighting Designer Bruno Poet
  • Video/Projection Designer Andrzej Goulding
Access performances

This Spring selected performances of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel will be audio-described (by Vocaleyes including a free touch tour).

Audio-described performances by Vocaleyes

Leeds Grand Theatre Sun 13 May, 4pm (Touch tour starts at 2.45pm)
The Lowry Fri 25 May, 7.30pm (Touch tour starts at 6.15pm)
The Barbican Sat 1 Sept, 2.30pm (Touch Tour starts at 1.15pm)

To book for audio-description:

Leeds Grand Theatre 0113 22 33 590
The Lowry 0844 848 2720
The Barbican 0845 120 7511

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