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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 - Read 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 - Read 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 - Read full review

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

The Guardian - Read full review

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

Bachtrack - Read full review

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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

Cast
  • 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
LS1 6NZ

Important Information

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.

Nearby

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. 

Norwich

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Theatre Street
Norwich
NR2 1RL

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.

Edinburgh

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3/29 Nicolson Street
Edinburgh
EH8 9FT

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

Dublin

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Grand Canal Square
Docklands
Dublin
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

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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

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Sue Thorp said ago

What a fantastic show! Loved every minute of it!

Comment from M&J

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M&J said ago

Wonderful show, thoroughly enjoyed by both.

Comment from Fat66man

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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

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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

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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

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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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