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Savoy Court, Strand, London, WC2R 0ET
Ended 25 Jul 2009 after 7 months
Justice has been done to one of the greatest of all musicals.
Charles Spencer, Daily Telegraph
Carousel breaks away from the typical tales of love. Instead it exposes relationships as not just fairytale romance which gloss over the grit, but as raw, lustful and tempered by personal successes and failings.
The original version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel, which opening in Broadway in 1945, was lauded by Time Magazine as "Best Musical of the 20th Century". Over half a century later, the classic musical continues to reap acclaim. With a cast of 33 and an orchestra of 17, seamless choreography by Adam Cooper and spectacular design by William Dudley, award-winning director Lindsay Posner breathes new life into Carousel, which bursts forth with all the charisma, passion and song-and-dance that a good musical should.
Spring 1873 and it's carnival time in a small fishing village in New England, USA. Julie Jordan and Carrie Pipperidge are told off by the proprietress of the carousel for flirting with handsome Billy Bigelow, the rough and tough carousel barker. Billy defends them and is promptly fired. Billy and Julie's whirlwind romance soon spirals into an unhappy marriage marked by rage and frustration.
Julie falls pregnant, and Billy, still unemployed but desperate to support his family, is drawn into a robbery which ends in Billy taking his own life. But the story isn't over. Billy's legacy lives on, not only in his afterlife and search for redemption, but in his daughter Louise.
Previews from: 22 November 2008
Opening night: 2 December 2008
Closing night: 25 July 2009
Carousel is suitable for audiences of all ages. Children under 4 will not be admitted to the Savoy Theatre.
9 reviews, average rating: (3.5 Stars)
What a glorious show. Simply amazing performances by a hugely talented cast... more
Lesley Garret was appearing the night I saw this excellent production. So w... more
I've seen this show a few times now at the Savoy, and would absolutely reco... more
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