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.
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 ›
46 New Briggate
Leeds Grand Theatre
Box Office: 0844 848 2720 (calls cost 7ppm)
Choose from these fantastic pre-theatre dining options and make your experience complete!
Ham & Friends
10% off food & drink deal with Ham & Friend on presentation of ticket for an Opera North performance.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)