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Savoy Court 10, London WC2R 0ET

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Closed July 25, 2009

Justice has been done to one of the greatest of all musicals.

Charles Spencer, Daily Telegraph

Why See Carousel?


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.

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Previews from: 22 November 2008

Opening night: 2 December 2008


Carousel is suitable for audiences of all ages. Children under 4 will not be admitted to the Savoy Theatre.

Cast and Creative


Lesley Garrett as Nettie Fowler
Jeremiah James as Billy Bigelow
Alexandra Silber as Julie Jordan
Alan Vicary as Enoch Snow
David COllings as Starkeeper / Dr Seldon
David Delve as David Bascombe
Derek Hagen as Captain
Diana Kent as Mrs Mullin
Graham MacDuff as Jigger Craigin


Music & Lyrics by Rodgers & Hammerstein
Directed by Lindsay Posner
Choreography by Adam Cooper
Set Design by William Dudley
Costume Design by Deirdre Clancy
Lighting Design by Peter Mumford
Sound Design by Gareth Owen for Orbital
Orchestrations by Larry Blank
Musical Director, David Firman
Associate Musical Director, Mark Bousie
Resident Director, Graham Gill
Resident Assistant Choreographer, Tom Dwyer
Dialect Coach, Penny Dyer
Technical Production Consultant, John Dalston
Production Manager, Digby Robinson
Casting Director, David Grindod Associates
Orchestral Management by Sylvia Addison

What you thought

9 reviews, average rating: (3.5 Stars)

3.5 star rating

Michael Jones: “Musical Theatre at its very best!”

What a glorious show. Simply amazing performances by a hugely talented... more

Steve: “Superb Show”

Lesley Garret was appearing the night I saw this excellent production.... more

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