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Savoy Theatre
Strand WC2R 0ET
Carousel
Savoy theatre 3D location mapMap ©Silvermaze Ltd 2008
Savoy theatre photoPhoto ©Tony Reading 2008
Show Details
Preview 22nd Nov 08
Opens 2nd Dec 08
Booking to 25th Jul 09
Show Times
Tuesday - Saturday 7.30 pm
Matineé Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday 2.30pm



Local Info
Top Class restaurants nearby;

Simpsons-in-the-Strand (British)
100 Strand
020 7836 9112
Live Bait (Fish & seafood)
21 Wellington Street
020 7836 7161
Jo Allen Restaurant  (British)
13 Exeter Street
020 7836 0651
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Backgound
Both Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II said that Carousel was the favourite of their works together. To quote Adrian Packer, Director of Musical Theatre of the Brit School -
'Its conclusion is that anybody can go far, no matter what his or her class, and that everybody, even a rough fairground worker who beats his wife, can be redeemed. No situation is ever too hopeless; everyone is capable of discovering a better way to live'.

While its predecessor, Oklahoma! was about a picnic, Carousel is about life and death.
Stephen Sondheim

'Carousel's players and musical performers take it to a new level for Musical Theatre - generously extended within the artistic horizon of the work itself. Though already given more time, the show may be worth booking now because it will be taken off after only a few months. It's the sort of show you can come out of wanting to see again and the CD is apparently selling well. It's full of optimistic and happy classics. ('You’ll Never Walk Alone’,  ‘June is Bustin’ Out All Over’, ‘Blow High, Blow Low’, ‘What’s the Use of Wond’rin’ and ‘The Highest Judge Of All’) It was named as the "Best Musical of its Century" by Time Magazine.

The Story
It's a romance - and one that pulls no punches. It opens to the sound of a carousel waltz that puts right into the era. The tale is set in the 1870s  -  in a newly industrialised New England USA.  It is a deep love affair between carousel worker Billy Bigelow and a gentle, thoughtful Julie Jordan, a millworker who initially loved Billy's charm. The lovers have enemies and proceed to encounter hardships leading to purgatory for Billie. He gets a heavenly chance to redeem and atone for the miserable behaviour that blighted his life.
The original play was written in an optimistic era - 1909.

The Cast
• Billy Bigelow - Jeremiah James
Julie Jordan - Alexandra Silber  
• Alan Vicary - Enoch Snow 
• 
Nettie - Kathryn Akin (also Leslie Garrett) 
There are 40 other cast including many excellent understudies
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