London Coliseum
St Martin's Lane
London, WC2N 4ES
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Opened: 07 Apr 2017
Booking from: 12 May 2017
Booking until: 13 May 2017
Duration: 2 hours 50 mins (including interval)
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  • janishandscombe 3 reviews 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating Carousel, 3rd May 2017
    Absolutely loved the show! The set was very well thought out, portrayed what you needed it to without being intrusive. The movement of it was choreographed in and appeared seamless. In my opinion Alfie Boe is not especially good as an actor, slightly wooden to be honest but his singing was superb. (Plus he's very cute!) Catherine Jenkins was announced as having a chest infection, however, she still appeared and if that's what she sings like with a infection, heaven only knows what she'd be like without. The supporting cast also excellent, not a duff member amongst them but particular praise should be given to Enoch Snow, Carrie Pipperidge they were pitch perfect and their acting was spot on. Nettie Fowler's rendition of "You'll Never Walk Alone" was beautiful & the full cast singing of the same brought a tear to my eye. The big ensemble scenes worked well the choreography was great. To tie it all in together the orchestra were wonderful, even better as they were almost part of the production. So good to be able to see them properly. Nicholas Lyndhurst has been widely advertised as a cast member, he has a shortish but important, role. He plays it well with understated humour, not singing or dancing. He was there but didn't overpower. I wouldn't criticise any of this production; if there were any weakness it would be Alfie's acting but it didn't detract from the whole performance.
    Sat in Stalls K11
    Excellent view, plenty of legroom made even better by being end of aisle seat. Show lasted almost 3 hours, (inc 20 min interval) seat remained comfortable throughout.
  • RichardBayton 6"2 male 100 reviews 1 helpful vote
    80% total rating Carousel, 1st May 2017
    Having fallen in love with Sunset Boulevard at London Coliseum in 2016, I was very excited to see this production - especially with Alfie Boe in the male lead as Billy. The show visually was stunning and the vocals were terrific (even though an announcement was made prior that Katherine Jenkins was recovering from throats issues but was still going to perform). There were some clever set designs - particularly with the letters of CAROUSEL individually on Carousel style poles rotating the stage. However, the show itself I felt took a while to get going. The whole of Act 1 (about 1hr 20) seemed to only establish each character's situation and the narrative didn't really kick in until Act 2. This was obviously none of the performer's fault, just my personal feelings. I'm very glad I had a chance to see a professional version of this classic Rodgers & Hammerstein musical but I won't be rushing to see it again.
    Considering my ticket cost £150, I was expecting the best of the best and that's what I got! The London Coliseum is a stunning building and my seat gave the strongest view in the house! Great legroom, great comfort! Fantastic experience!
    B33 Dress Circle - London Coliseum - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Dress Circle B33
  • fifilou 5"7 female 175 reviews 2 helpful votes
    80% total rating Carousel, 21st April 2017
    So this show left me with really mixed opinions. It is sold as a semi staged version of Carousel but to me it seemed pretty well staged. The set was simple but effective and I really enjoyed the way it was staged. From the balcony it was quite dark at times but I felt that the production as a whole was well put together. There was some fantastic performances as was to be expected from Alfie Boe and Catherine Jenkins and I felt that the other cast really shined alongside the two leads. I just felt like it lacked something, I just can't work out what? I am glad I went to see it although I maybe would have connected more had I sat in a better seat?
    So firstly this seat comes with the warning that the view is restricted and the leg room is limited. Both of these warnings are true. This seat comes with no legroom to speak of. Its very cramped in the balcony and the seats are a bench style and not particularly comfortable. As for the view, when I first sat down with no one in front of me I didn't think it was too bad at all. The balcony is very high and the stage seems very far away but you can see through the safety rail (given as the reason for the restriction) and most of the stage is visible although hard to see any detail. The problem came when the people in row A sat down, at this point I could less than a 1/3 of the stage and to lean forward and switch from side to side to see round them. Even for the price I wouldn't sit here again.
    B34 Balcony - London Coliseum - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Balcony B34
  • gdeacon95 6'1 male 58 reviews 6 helpful votes
    60% total rating Carousel, 19th April 2017
    I was unfortunately quite disappointed by this production. I found the overall performances ok (with some strong stand-outs), however Alfie Boe's acting really left something to be desired. It was even quite distracting at times. By contrast Katherine Jenkins was actually a surprise to me, providing a nice rounded performance. The blocking and overall staging was a bit uninteresting to me - I know they say it's 'semi-staged' however considering the huge size of the stage it really felt bare and failed to make the most of it. The only saving grace was the score, which sounded superb under the fantastic huge ENO orchestra. Compared to their production of 'Sunset Boulevard' last year which was incredible, this is really a let down for me.
    This seat isn't too bad, but frankly not worth the £80 price associated with it. The view is average, nice and central but quite a distance from the stage. The seat is narrow and not too comfortable, and the legroom is ok enough but not exactly spacious. Bit of a disappointment considering the price.
    F30 Upper Circle - London Coliseum - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Upper Circle F30
The London Coliseum’s Stalls section generally are some of the best tickets you can get for amazing views of the enormous stage, however the rows at the very front can leave you having to crane your neck a bit, while the back is slightly impaired by the overhang of the Dress Circle.

The Dress Circle has a deep curve, meaning the ends of rows have a very side-on view of the stage, while the rear can also be overhung by the Upper Circle, but in general central tickets for this section give fantastic views. The Upper Circle is very similar in layout however can begin to feel quite far back, while the Balcony is very high, but offers some of the cheapest seats in the London Coliseum.
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West End superstars Alfie Boe and Katherine Jenkins starred alongside each other for the very first time in this production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic Carousel at the ENO’s London Coliseum, which began a limited five week run on 7th April 2017.

This semi-staged production was directed by the acclaimed award-winning director Lonny Price. Price is best known for his work directing the Broadway smash hit show Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill as well as creating the acclaimed A Class Act.

Alfie Boe played the lead role of Billy Bigelow, while Katherine Jenkins co-starred as Julie Jordan, accompanied by the English National Opera’s award winning 40-piece orchestra and chorus.

Alfie Boe is one of the biggest stars of the West End, best known for his internationally critically acclaimed performances as Jean Valjean in the musical Les Misérables, having played the role at the Queen’s Theatre in London, in the Broadway revival, as well as starring in the 25th Anniversary Concert. Boe had recently also taken the lead in Gary Barlow’s new musical Finding Neverland as well as selling over a million albums in the UK.

Katherine Jenkins is a Welsh mezzo-soprano, singer and songwriter best known for her wide range of work performing in opera, musical theatre and pop music. Having first studied at the Royal Academy of Music, she was thrust into the limelight in 2003 while singing at Westminster Cathedral for Pope John Paul II’s silver jubilee, and has since released a range of albums, receiving the Classic Brit Awards Album of the Year in both 2005 and 2006.

Carousel is the second musical by the legendary team of Richards Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, adapted from Ferenc Molnar’s 1909 play Liliom. Carousel tells the tale of carousel barker Billy Bigelow, who falls in love with millworker Julie Jordan, and ends up losing both their jobs. As he tries to commit a robbery to support Julie and their child-to-be, it all goes wrong, but he is given another chance at making it right.

Having first opened on Broadway in 1945, the show was an immediate success with both audiences and critics, running for 890 performance, as well as having high profile revivals in 1992 in London and 1994 in New York, as well as being named Time magazine’s best musical of the 20th century.

Carousel was one of the London Coliseum’s most exciting productions of the year, bringing two superstars of stage together for the first time in a timeless musical. Carousel began performances at the ENO’s London Coliseum on 7th April 2017, having had an official opening on 11th April and performances running until 13th May.
It is a rare occurrence that a London show features two megastars as big as Katherine Jenkins and Alfie Boe. For fans of the pair this is an opportunity not to be missed, seeing two of the best singers of our generation perform alongside each other.

For those who loved Nicholas Hytner’s 1990s production of Carousel this is also the perfect opportunity to see the timeless classic performed again.

Age Recommendations: No under 5's admitted