Dazzling lights, swinging songs and a bad boy to melt your heart – don't miss this fabulous production of Rogers and Hammerstein's Carousel. When Billy Bigelow and Julie Jordan fall in love, little do they realise that Billy's rebellious ways will result in tragedy. Billy is given a chance to make good, but is it too little too late, or will a lucky star save him and those he loves? Voted best musical of the 20th century by Time Magazine, this timeless classic features hit songs including 'You'll Never Walk Alone' and 'If I Loved You'. Jo Davies's vibrant production is filled with magical moments, stunning choreography and breathtaking music. Receiving high praise when it was first seen in 2012, this production of Carousel is moving and uplifting in equal measure.


4-star review in the Telegraph

'Opera North's new production of the world-famous Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, Carousel, is thoughtful and well-judged' read review.

Great reviews in The Times and the Guardian

5 stars in The Times: 'The sadness is electric and the theme timeless' read review.

4 stars in the Guardian: 'easily the best Carousel since Nicholas Hytner's National Theatre revival nearly 20 years ago' read review.

Live on BBC Radio 3

Yvonne Howard, Sarah Tynan and Joe Shovelton (Nettie, Carrie and Enoch) will be performing live on BBC Radio 3's In Tune on Monday 6 August. They will be on air from 4.30pm, you'll be able to listen live (and on catch-up for 7 days) here.

Brand new trailer

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Reviews from the Sunday papers

The Observer
"...an uncomplicated and excellent pleasure"
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Independent on Sunday 4 stars
"If the first faltering refrain of "You'll never walk alone" doesn't get you, Kim Brandstrup's exquisite ballet portrait of Billy's orphaned daughter Louise (Alex Newton) will."
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The first reviews are in

The Guardian, 5 stars
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The Telegraph, 4 stars
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The Express, 4 stars
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Arts Desk, 4 stars
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Audience Reaction

Production photography

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When the Children Are Asleep

Listen to Joe Shovelton, Claire Boulter and the Orchestra of Opera North performing When The Children Are Asleep

Daily Telegraph preview

The Daily Telegraph's Rupert Christiansen previews Carousel, "It's a show that can make the driest of eyes moisten and the tone-deaf want to sing"


You'll Never Walk Alone

Listen to Elena Ferrari and the Orchestra of Opera North performing You'll Never Walk Alone

The Music

The Story

Set in a tight-knit fishing community on the New England coastline, Carousel revolves around the ill-fated love affair between charismatic Billy Bigelow, a travelling carnival man, and trusting Julie Jordan, a worker at the local mill. Having married against everyone's advice only weeks after they first met, their budding relationship hits a rocky road as Billy struggles with his temper, the constraints of settling down and financial difficulties. It is only after learning that he is soon to become a father that Billy vows to change his ways and provide for his family. But he falls in with the wrong crowd and dies in the aftermath of a robbery gone horribly wrong.

Sent to purgatory for 15 years after his death, Billy is given one day to redeem his soul before he is permitted to enter the Heavenly Gates. Trying to perform a single good deed, he seeks out his daughter, now a rebellious teenager destined to follow in his troubled footsteps. Billy reaches out to her, but is it too little too late, or will it be enough to change both their lives forever?

Performance Dates


15 Aug - 15 Sept 2012
(click here for dates and prices)

    Performance Dates:

  • Weds 15 Aug - 7.30pm
  • Thurs 16 Aug - 7.30pm
  • Fri 17 Aug - 7.30pm
  • Sat 18 Aug - 2.30pm
  • Sat 18 Aug - 7.30pm
  • Mon 20 Aug - 7.30pm
  • Weds 22 Aug - 7.30pm
  • Thurs 23 Aug - 2.30pm
  • Thurs 23 Aug - 7.30pm
  • Fri 24 Aug - 7.30pm
  • Sat 25 Aug - 2.30pm
  • Sat 25 Aug - 7.30pm
  • Sun 26 Aug - 5.00pm
  • Weds 29 Aug - 7.30pm
  • Thurs 30 Aug - 2.30pm
  • Thurs 30 Aug - 7.30pm
  • Fri 31 Aug - 7.30pm
  • Sat 1 Sept - 2.30pm
  • Sat 1 Sept - 7.30pm
  • Sun 2 Sept - 2.30pm
  • Mon 3 Sept - 7.30pm
  • Weds 5 Sept - 7.30pm
  • Thurs 6 Sept - 2.30pm
  • Thurs 6 Sept - 7.30pm
  • Fri 7 Sept - 7.30pm
  • Sat 8 Sept - 2.30pm
  • Sat 8 Sept - 7.30pm
  • Sun 9 Sept - 5.00pm
  • Mon 10 Sept - 7.30pm
  • Weds 12 Sept - 7.30pm
  • Thurs 13 Sept - 2.30pm
  • Thurs 13 Sept - 7.30pm
  • Fri 14 Sept - 7.30pm
  • Sat 15 Sept - 2.30pm
  • Sat 15 Sept - 7.30pm

    Ticket Prices:

  • Stalls - £65, £75
  • Dress Circle - £48, £65
  • Upper Circle - £22.50, £35
  • Balcony - £12.50, £22.50

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The Cast

Julie Jordan - Gillene Herbert & Katherine Manley
Billy Bigelow - Eric Greene & Michael Todd Simpson
Carrie Pipperidge - Claire Boulter & Sarah Tynan
Nettie Fowler - Elena Ferrari & Yvonne Howard
Enoch Snow - Joe Shovelton & Philip Lee
Jigger Craigin - Michael Rouse
Mrs Mullin - Candida Benson
Star Keeper/Dr Seldon - John Woodvine & Peter Bodenham
Heavenly Friend/1st Policeman - William Kenning
Louise - Beverley Grant & Alex Newton

Conductor - James Holmes
Director - Jo Davies
Set and Costume Designer - Anthony Ward
Choreographer - Kay Shepherd
Choreographer for ballet - Kim Brandstrup
Lighting Designer - Bruno Poet
Video/Projection Designer - Andrzej Goulding