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13 May - 13 Jun 2015

Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II 1945

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

Audio-described performance
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.

Captioned performance
Friday 22nd May, 7pm. To book call the box office on 0844 848 2720.

A co-production with the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris

Carousel: rehearsal recording

*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) 

What the critics say

If the tragedy doesn’t get you, the optimism will. […] the quality of the singing and the songs themselves are truly arresting.

The Times - Full Review ›

Keith Higham’s Billy, a swaggering mix of menace, unpredictability and self-loathing, is tremendous in his stand out song, Soliloquy.

The Daily Telegraph - Full Review ›

Throughout, the ensemble’s vocal performance is outstanding but never better than Yvonne Howard’s beatific rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone.

The Stage - Full Review ›

Vividly animated [...] admirably restores musical classic to the opera house

The Guardian - Full Review ›

Chorus members [blend] seamlessly with dance professionals in amazing displays, often astoundingly gymnastic.

Bachtrack - Full Review ›




Opera North’s Big Sing at Trinity Leeds

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Join over 150 singers from Opera North on Thursday 30 April for a for a one-off special performance at Trinity Leeds singing songs from the hit-musical Carousel, including the classic anthem – ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’. Read More

  • Billy Bigelow Keith Higham (ex 30 (mat) May; 4 (mat), 11 (mat) June)
  • Billy Bigelow Philip Rhodes (30 (mat) May; 4 (mat), 11 (mat) June)
  • Julie Jordan Gillene Butterfield
  • Carrie Pipperidge Aoife O’Sullivan (ex 21 (mat), 28 (mat) May; 13 (mat) June)
  • Carrie Pipperidge Lorna James (21 (mat), 28 (mat) May; 13 (mat) June)
  • Enoch Snow Joseph Shovelton
  • Nettie Fowler Yvonne Howard
  • Jigger Craigin Stuart Neal
  • Mrs Mullin Michele Moran
  • Star keeper/Dr Seldon Russell Dixon (ex 10, 11 June)
  • Star keeper/Dr Seldon David Robertson (10, 11 June)
  • Heavenly friend Anthony Warren
  • 1st Policeman Kevin Brewis
  • Louise Alex Newton*
  • Louise Beverley Grant*
  • Mr Bascombe Dean Robinson
  • Captain Ivan Sharpe
  • 2nd Policeman Paul Gibson
Creative Team
  • Conductor James Holmes (ex 21 (mat), 22 May; 5, 11 (x2) June)
  • Conductor Anthony Kraus (21 (mat), 22 May; 5, 11 (x2) June)
  • Director Jo Davies
  • Revival Director Ed Goggin
  • Set & Costume Designer Anthony Ward
  • Choreographer (Ballet) Kim Brandstrup
  • Choreographer Kay Shepherd
  • Revival choreographer David Hulston
  • Revival choreographer (Ballet) Elisabetta d'Aloia
  • Lighting Designer Bruno Poet
  • Video Designer Andrzej Goulding
  • Sound Designer Rick Clarke
  • Fight Director Alison de Burgh

Click on the venue below to plan your visit.

Leeds Grand Theatre

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46 New Briggate
Leeds Grand Theatre

Important Information

Box Office: 0844 848 2720 (calls cost 7ppm)

  • To access the Grand Theatre, there are six steps from the street up to the foyer or a wheelchair lift from the Grand Theatre Box Office to the foyer, and then lift access to the rest of the auditorium (excluding the Upper Balcony). Some areas of the auditorium do have steep stairs and may not be suitable for people with limited mobility. Please check with the Box Office. 
  • There are 6 wheelchair spaces: four in the Stalls and two in the Dress Circle.
  • There are accessible toilets at Stalls and Dress Circle levels. 
  • There is an infra-red system in operation for sound amplification. Headsets are available from the Grand Theatre foyer for a £5 refundable deposit. Please ask Box Office staff when booking for advice on the best seats to use this service. 
  • Support dogs are welcome in the auditorium and can be looked after on request. 
  • For refreshments, there are bars at Stalls, Upper Circle and Balcony levels.  

Choose from these fantastic pre-theatre dining options and make your experience complete!

The Alchemist

Opera North ticket holders can enjoy 20% off their food bill at The Alchemist. Located on the second floor of Trinity Shopping Centre, The Alchemist offers a fantastic menu and stunning views of Leeds City Centre. Not available Saturdays. 

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Manahatta is a recently opened bar and kitchen located on Merrion Street, just a minute's walk from Leeds Grand Theatre. Serving a fantastic New York inspired menu made with fresh local produce, guests will receive 20% off their food bill before 6.15pm with proof of ticket. Booking is required. 

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North Bar

Opera North and Howard Assembly Room ticket holders can enjoy 10% off all drinks at New Briggate's finest craft beer hotspot — North Bar, just a stone's throw from Leeds Grand Theatre. 

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Enjoy 15% off all food and drink at authentic Italian wine bar Veeno (Leeds branch only) on presentation of ticket for an Opera North performance. Excludes Fridays and Saturdays after 5.00pm. 

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Veritas Ale & Wine Bar

Enjoy a special pre-opera meal at Veritas Ale & Wine Bar. Just a 5-10 minute walk from Leeds Grand Theatre, choose either two courses for £13.95 (£17.50 with a 175ml house wine) or three courses for £15.95 (£19.50 with a 175ml house wine). Available 5.00-6.30pm. Booking is required.

Download Menu | Book via email or call 0113 242 8094 and quote 'pre-opera menu'

Brasserie Blanc

Sample the fabulous pre-theatre menu at Brasserie Blanc and choose from two courses for £11.95 or three courses for £15.45, with a complimentary glass of fizz for Opera North ticket holders. Located just a 10 minute walk from the Leeds Grand Theatre. Available 12.00-6.30pm, Monday-Saturday. 

Download Menu | Book online or call 0113 220 6060

The Reliance

Just a 5 minute walk from Leeds Grand Theatre, The Reliance bar and dining room offers a fantastic pre-theatre menu. Choose from two courses for £14.45 or three courses for £18.90. Available 5.30-6.30pm, Monday-Saturday.

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Theatre Street

Important Information

How to get there

By Car

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:

  • The Forum (opposite the theatre, £1.70 after 5.30pm)
  • Chapelfield shopping centre (behind the theatre, £2 after 3pm)
  • St Giles multi-storey car park is open until 1.00am for a charge of £1.70 after 6.30pm.
  • Chantry surface car park (off Theatre Street, next to the Assembly House) offers parking for a charge of £1.70 after 6.30pm.

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.

Disabled Parking

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.

Coach Parking

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

Car Sharing

Sign up to www.norfolk.liftshare.com to find others going your way so you can car share together.

By Taxi

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.

By Train

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.


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3/29 Nicolson Street

Important Information

On Foot:

(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.

By Rail:

The nearest rail station to the Festival Theatre is Waverley Station.

By Bus:

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.

By Road:

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

Car Parking:

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


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Grand Canal Square
Dublin 2

Important Information

Getting there

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)

What you say

Comment from sheiladuthie@btinternet.com


sheiladuthie@btinternet.com said ago

Roundtrip on train, almost 6 hours to attend this performances. Brilliant, top class singing and so nice to have an orchestra for a musical. Wish for more Opera North musicals.

Comment from Sue Thorp


Sue Thorp said ago

What a fantastic show! Loved every minute of it!

Comment from M&J


M&J said ago

Wonderful show, thoroughly enjoyed by both.

Comment from Fat66man


Fat66man said ago

Superb performance of my favourite musical. Well done Opera North. Such a shame that it was not sold out - they didn't know what they were missing.

Comment from Ann


Ann said ago

This was absolutely wonderful! We cried and laughed with the characters, the orchestra were fantastic and the dancing and the choreography beautiful. How great to see this show performed by a professional ensemble with such flair, verve and warmth! One small thing perhaps was the instability of the accents across the cast but this was easy to overlook when set against the breathtaking moments such as the creation of the carousel on stage. I shall recommend this to everyone I know.

Comment from Margaret


Margaret said ago

Superb production. Yes, keep your chin up high, Opera North! If anyone leaves without a tearful eye,.... What memories for all the children in the cast.

Comment from Neville


Neville said ago

The first thing that strikes you about this production is the quality of the music and how it is delivered by a talented ensemble. Carousel is a timeless classic and every single musical number is memorable. The wonderful Orchestra of Opera North produce a gorgeous sound. The production and choreography are endlessly inventive and visually stunning. The whole show is a triumph for the entire ensemble. I doubt you will see a better "Carousel" anywhere. Don't miss it.

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