Carousel Theatre Breaks saw singing superstars, Alfie Boe & Katherine Jenkins, star in the Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic
For the first time ever in the West End Alfie Boe and Katherine Jenkins played fairground barker Billy Bigelow and fiesty Julie Jordan in the classic musical Carousel which was the third partnership production between the ENO and the GradeLinnit Company.
The story is set in Maine in the 1870s and follows young factory worker Julie Jordan’s loves and losses over a fifteen year period. She meets and marries charming carousel barker Billy Bigelow, but life does not run smoothly for the couple – Bigelow loses his job on the carousel and after finding out his wife is pregnant, he decides to join in an armed robbery which ends tragically in his death. Fifteen years later, he is allowed to return to earth to make amends and encounters his daughter, Louise, who has grown into a lonely, troubled teenager. Vowing not to waste his chance of setting things right, Bigelow goes about restoring happiness and pride to Julie and Louise.
Since finding fame as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables Alfie Boe has gone on to become a platinum-selling recording artist and recently played J.M. Barrie in Finding Neverland on Broadway. He also toured the UK with Michael Ball in their show Together.
Welsh mezzo soprano songbird, Katherine Jenkins, made her West End debut in this new production of Carousel directed by Lonny Price. An multi-award winning recording artist, her most recent album Home Sweet Home was the seventh to reach No 1 in the charts. Jenkins successful career has seen her perform for the Pope, Presidents and Royalty including The Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations earlier this year.
Nicholas Lyndhurst played the part of Star Keeper. BAFTA Award winning actor Lyndhurst returned to the West End stage, where he was last seen in Trevor Nunn’s 2011 production of The Tempest at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. His other West End credits include The Straight and Narrow, The Dresser and The Foreigner. Lyndhurst is probably best known for his classic television series; Only Fools and Horses, Goodnight Sweetheart, After You’ve Gone, Rock & Chips, Butterflies and The Piglet Files.
Other main parts were played by 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).
Did you see this amazing event?
Where was it?
St Martin’s Lane
London WC2N 4ES
When was it?
Previewed from : 7th April 2017
Opened: 11th April 2017
Closed : 13rth May 2017
What time did it start?
Monday to Saturday at 1930; Thursday and Saturdays at 1430