'If there is one classic musical that deserves an opera company - strong voices, full orchestra, swarming chorus, James Holmes at the baton - it is this. Got me hook, line and sinker, as the fishermen would say.'The Times★★★★★ (18 Aug 2012)
'Joyous and haunting. An excellent production. The final ensemble rendition of You'll Never Walk Alone is tremendously uplifting.'Financial Times★★★★ (20 Aug 2012)
With 4 and 5-star reviews (The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Express, The Independent), Rodgers & Hammerstein's musical Carousel comes to London in August 2012, for just 35 performances, prior to appearing at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris in 2013.
Voted best musical of the 20th century by Time Magazine, Carousel is 'an absolute delight' (The Daily Telegraph) and features breathtaking dancing, and some of the most moving music ever written for the stage, including If I Loved You, June is bustin' out all over and You'll Never Walk Alone.
Set on the New England coastline, Carousel is a story of true love, loss and feelings left unspoken. Following the ill-fated love affair between bad boy Billy Bigelow and trusting Julie Jordan, this classic musical is deeply touching and will capture your heart.
Featuring an outstanding cast including Katherine Manley, Sarah Tynan and Michael Todd Simpson, Carousel is directed by Jo Davies (Ruddigore), with designs by Anthony Ward (Oliver!) and choreography by Kim Brandstrup and Kay Shepherd. James Holmes (Sweeney Todd) conducts a large orchestra, in this 'terrific' (The Guardian) new interpretation of Carousel.
'Impeccably stylish'The Guardian★★★★★
'Brilliance is at the heart of this exciting new production'The Daily Express ★★★★
'Jo Davies's production blazes into life with each well-choreographed chorus number: hearing the music sung by such talented singers and played by a full-strength orchestra is a pleasure.'Time Out ★★★★
'Only the hardest of hearts could fail to be moved. A deeply satisfying evening.'The Arts Desk ★★★★
'A great evening.'Whatsonstage.com
170 mins / with interval
Also 2.30pm matinée on Saturdays, Thu 23 Aug, 30 Aug, 6 Sep, 13 Sep and Sun 2 Aug 5pm only on Sun 26 Aug, 9 Sep No performances on Tuesdays, and Mon 27 Aug (bank holiday)
1 Sep (2.30pm) Audio-described performance Touch Tour at 1.15pm