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Katherine Jenkins and Alfie Boe lead the cast of Carousel at the ENO's London Coliseum for a limited run in London's West End from 7 April 2017. Directed by Lonny Price the production will feature a 40 strong orchestra and full cast and chorus.

Rodgers and Hammerstein's second musical theatre triumph Carousel originally premiered on Broadway at the Majestic Theatre on 1 April 1945 where it ran to 1 May 1947. The original cast starred John Raitt (Billy), Jan Clayton (Julie), Jean Darling (Carrie), Eric Mattson (Enoch Snow) and Christine Johnson (Nettie Fowler) and followed hot on the heels of their first groundbreaking musical Oklahoma!. Based on the Play “Liliom” By Ferenc Molnar as adapted by Benjamin F. Glazer, the action is relocated to a New England seaside town and follows Julie Jordan and her turbulant relationship with carousel barker Billy Bigolow.

The Original London Production opened at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 1 June 1950 with a cast that included Stephen Douglass, Iva Withers and Margot Moser. The show went on to achieve worldwide acclaim and success in part thanks to the film adaptation of 1956 which starred Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones.

A major London revival was mounted by director Nicholas Hytner at the National Theatre in 1992 which later transferred to the Shaftesbury Theatre starring Michael Hayden, Joanna Riding, Janie Dee and Patricia Routledge. The production later transferred to the Vivian Beaumont Theatre at the Lincoln Centre in New York City starring Audra McDonald and Sally Murphy.

The musical was revived again in London at the Savoy Theatre in 2008 starring Lesley Garrett and at The Barbican in 2012 in a production by Opera North in 2012. A fringe production of Carousel ran in London at the Arcola Theatre in 2014 and was met with excellent reviews.

Katherine Jenkins is not scheduled to appear on Tuesday 18 April 2017.

The score of hit songs include "If I Loved You", "Mister Snow", "June is Bustin' Out All Over", "Blow High, Blow Low", "When the Children are Asleep", "Soliloquy", "This Was a Real Nice Clambake", "You'll Never Walk Alone", "The Highest Judge of All" and "What's the Use of Wonderin?".

 

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Carousel Synopsis:

Set in a coastal New England town Carousel tells the story of Julie Jordan and Billy Bigelow who fall in love one summer evening. The barker of Mrs Mullins' Carousel, Billy is known for his womanising, yet settles down with Julie despite the warnings from her aunt Nettie Fowler and best friend Carrie Pipperidge. As Julie and Billy marry their relationship becomes fraught and Billy does his best to stay out of trouble, especially when his friend Jigger offers him easy access to money. As he finds out that Julie is to have a child, he commits an armed robbery that goes wrong, resulting in him taking his own life. As Julie is left to mourn her loss on earth, Billy ascends into heaven and is given a second chance by the Starkeeper to return to earth to make amends. Fifteen years pass and Billy returns to earth to see his own daughter Louise a lonely and troubled teenager who is haunted by her father's past. Billy vows to right his wrongs, appearing to Louise only to make a crucial mistake once again. His love for Julie is ever faltering, and as Louise joins her class at graduation the message of "You'll Never Walk Alone" rings true as she and Julie manage to ride the storm that brings them comfort, whilst Billy finally passes over into the afterlife.

Age Restrictions:
No under 5's.
By:
Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Based on the Play “Liliom” By Ferenc Molnar, as Adapted By Benjamin F. Glazer
Producer:
Opera North
Director:
Lonny Price
Songs by:
Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
Cast list:
Katherine Jenkins (Julie), Alfie Boe (Billy), Nicholas Lyndhurst (Star Keeper) , Brenda Edwards (Nettie Fowler), Derek Hagen (Jigger Craigin), Alex Young (Carrie Pipperidge), Gavin Spokes (Enoch Snow), Susan Kyd (Mrs Mullin), Martyn Ellis (Mr Bascombe) and Davide Fienauri (Carnival Boy)
Location: 
West End
Carousel Schedule
Previews from: 
Friday, 7 April, 2017
Opening date: 
Tuesday, 11 April, 2017
Available from: 
Thursday, 11 May, 2017
Booking to: 
Saturday, 13 May, 2017
Closes: 
Saturday, 13 May, 2017
MatineeEvening
Monday-7.30pm
Tuesday-7.30pm
Wednesday2.30pm7.30pm
Thursday-7.30pm
Friday-7.30pm
Saturday2.30pm7.30pm
Sunday--

London Coliseum

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St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4ES
Nearest tube:
Leicester Square

Latest Carousel News & Features

Interview with Carousel cast Gavin Spokes, Alex Young and Brenda Edwards
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic 1945 musical Carousel is one of the most loved musicals of the twentieth century. With a rapturous score of unforgettable numbers and some of the most well-crafted characters in the musical theatre canon it is consistently revived and revisited by theatre and opera companies around the world.

Carousel ENO
Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel returns to delight London's West End
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Of all Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical hits, their second Broadway collaboration Carousel is arguably London's most loved. From full scale revivals at the Savoy Theatre and the Barbican Theatre in the past decade, to smaller fringe reinventions at the Arcola, the story of Julie Jordan and Billie Bigelow still continues to delight London audiences and connect with each new generation.

First Look at Carousel at the London Coliseum starring Katherine Jenkins and Alfie Boe
First Look at Carousel at the London Coliseum starring Katherine Jenkins and Alfie Boe
Monday, April 10, 2017

Production images have been released of the new production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel which opens at the London Coliseum on 11 April 2017 where it is running to 13 May 2017. Katherine Jenkins stars as Julie Jordan alongside Alfie Boe as Billy Bigelow, Nicholas Lyndhurst as the Star Keeper and Derek Hagen (Jigger Craigin), Alex Young (Carrie Pipperidge), Brenda Edwards (Nettie Fowler), Gavin Spokes (Enoch Snow), Susan Kyd (Mrs Mullin), Amy Everett (Louise), Davide Fienauri (Carnival Boy) and Martyn Ellis (Mr Bascombe).

First look at Katherine Jenkins and Alfie Boe in rehearsal for Carousel
First look at Katherine Jenkins and Alfie Boe in rehearsal for Carousel
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Rehearsal images have been released of Katherine Jenkins, Alfie Boe and Nicholas Lyndhurst in rehearsal for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel which runs at the ENO’s London Coliseum from 7 April to 13 May 2017, with an official opening on 11 April 2017.

Nicholas Lyndhurst
Nicholas Lyndhurst joins West End cast of Carousel
Friday, January 20, 2017

It has been announced that TV and West End star Nicholas Lyndhurst - perhaps best known for his TV role of Rodney on "Only Fools and Horses" - will join previously announced Katherine Jenkins and Alfie Boe in a new semi-staged production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic musical Carousel at the ENO's London Coliseum. Lyndhurst will take on the role of Star Keeper, opposite Jenkins as Julie Jordan and Boe as Billy Bigelow.

Our Review

It is always an unalloyed pleasure to hear Richard Rodgers's swooning melodies and Oscar Hammerstein's heartfelt, poignant lyrics for their 1945 Broadway masterpiece Carousel again. This is probably the greatest of their astonishing run of musicals that defined Broadway between 1944 (when Oklahoma! premiered) and 1959 (The Sound of Music). It has an operatic grandeur, dramatic depth and... Read more

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