Carousel at London Coliseum tickets
Carousel at London Coliseum tickets

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Overview

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.

Recommended for

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

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 50 mins (including interval)
Opened: 07 Apr 2017
Press night: 11 Apr 2017
Booking from: 12 May 2017
Booking until: 13 May 2017

Location and map

London Coliseum
St Martin's Lane
London, WC2N 4ES

84 Reviews Add review

Absolutely loved the show! The set was very well thought out, portrayed what you needed it to without being intrusive. The movemen... More

janishandscombe 3 reviews, 0 helpful votes

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.

janishandscombe 3 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Having fallen in love with Sunset Boulevard at London Coliseum in 2016, I was very excited to see this production - especially wit... More

RichardBayton 6"2, 100 reviews, 1 helpful vote

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.

RichardBayton 6"2, 100 reviews, 1 helpful vote

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 s... More

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 2 helpful votes

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?

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 2 helpful votes

I was unfortunately quite disappointed by this production. I found the overall performances ok (with some strong stand-outs), howe... More

gdeacon95 6'1, 60 reviews, 7 helpful votes

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.

gdeacon95 6'1, 60 reviews, 7 helpful votes

I was pleasantly surprised by ‘Carousel’. As you would expect from both Alfie Boe and Katherine Jenkins the signing was amazing a... More

joc78 5"4, 200 reviews, 2 helpful votes

I was pleasantly surprised by ‘Carousel’. As you would expect from both Alfie Boe and Katherine Jenkins the signing was amazing and an absolute joy to hear. In fact, the whole cast had the most amazing voices. Nicholas Lyndhurst received a big cheer when he came on stage (even though he appeared for literally the last 15 mins). Considering it was a ‘semi-staged’ production, I actually thought the staging was very good compared to some other ‘semi-staged’ productions I have seen here. The acting wasn’t the best, however the music and songs more than made up for it.

joc78 5"4, 200 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Alfie Boe and Katherine Jenkins was superb in the show, the stage that was well designed and interesting.

katherinelilley 6 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Alfie Boe and Katherine Jenkins was superb in the show, the stage that was well designed and interesting.

katherinelilley 6 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I was very disappointed that Mr Boe was not in the performance as he had a cold! I felt rather cheated as the main reason that I b... More

Anonymous User 4473 reviews, 566 helpful votes

I was very disappointed that Mr Boe was not in the performance as he had a cold! I felt rather cheated as the main reason that I bought tickets was the pull of the two lead performers (I have seen Carousel several times before so really did not need to spent several hundred pounds to see again!). This is the second time that I have paid a premium for a ticket to see Mr Boe in a West End production only to be let down! However the afternoon was saved somewhat by the marvellous Alex Young and Gavin Spokes, thank you! I did, despite the shadow, enjoy the show but will never again be paying hard earned cash to see the illusive Mr Boe!

Anonymous User 4473 reviews, 566 helpful votes

I really did enjoy this production. To be honest it's one of my favourite musical scores. I enjoyed all the performances. The s... More

gilliancorne 3 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I really did enjoy this production. To be honest it's one of my favourite musical scores. I enjoyed all the performances. The staging is great. It's a very emotive piece of musical theatre and I was very emotional throughout. I thought the supporting cast Alex Young, Gavin Spokes and Brenda Edwards were outstanding. Very glad I got to see this during its very short run.

gilliancorne 3 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The show is brilliant with a superb performance by supporting actress Alex Young. Principal casting was good but far from perfect.... More

sanch001 5ft 8, 67 reviews, 18 helpful votes

The show is brilliant with a superb performance by supporting actress Alex Young. Principal casting was good but far from perfect. I particularly enjoyed the choreography and musical direction of this show however felt the story wasn't necessarily portrayed to the highest standard. I would recommend this show for the orchestration, choreography and to witness the Olivier worthy performance from actress Alex Young playing Carrie Pipperidge.

sanch001 5ft 8, 67 reviews, 18 helpful votes
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