Richard Mantle on Carousel: one of the greatest of ‘Golden Era’ Broadway musicals. Read More
13 May - 13 Jun 2015
Carousel is a story of love, loss and the possibility of redemption. Fairground barker Billy Bigelow is quick to anger, but he is loved by a woman, Julie Jordan, who keeps faith with him despite his flaws. It is also a vivid portrait of a society: a fishing community in New England ready to celebrate the joys of living as well as to face its hardships square on.
Asked if he had ever been tempted to write an opera, Richard Rodgers replied that he had, but that Carousel was the closest that he ever came to doing so. The score is studded with classic numbers, including ‘If I Loved You’, ‘June is Bustin’ Out All Over’, ‘Soliloquy’ and, of course, ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’. Jo Davies’s vibrant production, highly praised when it was first seen in Leeds, Salford and London in 2012, is moving and uplifting in equal measure.
Opera North has a fine record of presenting Broadway classics, and this new production does a rich piece of musical theatre great honour. Daily Telegraph
Sung in English | Performance lasts approximately 3 hours
Tue 19 May, 7pm. Call 0113 223 3700 to book.
Signed performance (Signer: Paul Whittaker OBE)
Thursday 21 May, 7pm. To book call the box office on 0844 848 2720.
Friday 22nd May, 7pm. To book call the box office on 0844 848 2720.
*Performance split for role of Louise:
Alex Newton: 13, 14 (x2), 15, 16 (x2), 17 (4pm), 19, 20 May (Leeds); 28 (mat); 29, 30 (eve) May (Norwich); 3, 4 (eve), 6 (mat) June (Edinburgh); 10, 11 (eve), 12, 13 (eve) June (Dublin)
Beverley Grant: 21 (x2), 22, 23 May (Leeds); 28 (eve), 30 (mat) May (Norwich); 2, 4 (mat), 5, 6 (eve) June (Edinburgh); 11 (mat), 13 (mat) June (Dublin)
If the tragedy doesn’t get you, the optimism will. […] the quality of the singing and the songs themselves are truly arresting.
Keith Higham’s Billy, a swaggering mix of menace, unpredictability and self-loathing, is tremendous in his stand out song, Soliloquy.
Throughout, the ensemble’s vocal performance is outstanding but never better than Yvonne Howard’s beatific rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone.
Vividly animated [...] admirably restores musical classic to the opera house
Chorus members [blend] seamlessly with dance professionals in amazing displays, often astoundingly gymnastic.
46 New Briggate
Leeds Grand Theatre
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.
Box office: 0844 848 2720
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.
Please make sure you leave plenty of time to park before a performance. There is no parking at the theatre. The nearest car parks include the underground car park at:
Please note that none of these car parks offer free evening parking.
Information on other city centre car parks is available at the theatre on request.
All of the above car parks have disabled badge spaces. There are also blue badge spaces available opposite the theatre in Theatre Street and a drop-off layby can be accessed to the right of the doors on Theatre Street.
Coaches and Minibuses can park at Lower Clarence Road, situated behind the Norwich railway station, Norwich City Football Club, on non-match days and Harford Park & Ride, situated on the A140 Ipswich Road and A47 junction. Minibuses can also park at surface carparks on Rouen Road and Chantry Road. For more information call the Box Office on 01603 630000 or visit www.norwich.gov.uk
Sign up to www.norfolk.liftshare.com to find others going your way so you can car share together.
Taxis are available from ABC Taxis on 01603 666333. Driving eco-friendly cars within their fleet.
From the train station, there are also licenced black cabs available outside the entrance, and dedicated taxi phones within the station.
For information on timetables call 0845 600 7245 or visit www.nationalrail.co.uk It is a 20 minute walk, mostly uphill, from Norwich railway station to the theatre.
3/29 Nicolson Street
(From Princes Street) The Festival Theatre is on Nicolson Street, which is the continuation of North Bridge heading south from the east end of Princes Street (the Balmoral Hotel is on the corner of Princes Street and North Bridge). The theatre is on the right hand side of the road; approximately 10 minutes walk from the east end of Princes Street.
The nearest rail station to the Festival Theatre is Waverley Station.
The Festival Theatre is accessible by many different bus routes across the city. The main Lothian bus routes which serve the Festival Theatre are: numbers 2, 3, 3A, 5, 7, 8, 14, 21, 29, 31, 33, 37, 37A, 42 and 49.
The Festival Theatre is on Nicolson Street, which is the continuation of North Bridge heading south from Princes Street. There are on-going roadworks in preparation for the introduction of trams, so for up to date information please checkwww.edinburgh.gov.uk/internet/Transport or AA Route Planner
There is limited street parking around the Festival Theatre. There is small car park located about 5 minutes walk from the theatre on Niddry Street (7.00am - 11.00pm, 7 days). For further car park information visit Central Car Parks
Grand Canal Square
Car: Click here to download our Travel Map (PDF)
Parking: Grand Canal Square car park, managed by Q-Park is open. Customers are advised to pre-book their parking spaces and you can reserve a parking space on the Q-Park website.
There is a €10 rate (6pm – Midnight) at the Convention Centre’s car park which is only 410m from the theatre and there are 320 spaces. www.ccdparking.ie
There is also limited on street parking. Other car parks are available at: Connolly Station, the NCI, Dawson Streetand Setanta place (off Nassau Street).
Taxi: The Bord Gáis Energy Theatre is located at Grand Canal Square, just off Macken Street/Cardiff Lane, Dublin 2. All taxis will know where we are!
Train: The closest intercity rail station is Connolly Station and is approximately 20 mins walk from the theatre.
Bus: Routes 1, 2, 3, 47, 50, 56a, 77 and 77a all operate to either Pearse Street or Grand Canal Dock, the closest stops to the Venue. The last buses departs at 23.30 hrs, Mon – Sun.
Luas: The closest Luas station is Mayor Square on the Red Line.
DART: The closest DART stations are Grand Canal Dock and Pearse Street Station (both approx 10 mins walk from the theatre)