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Rodgers and Hammerstein’s CAROUSEL

Music by Richard Rodgers, Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

“When the children are asleep we’ll sit and dream”

Voted the best musical of the 20th Century by Time Magazine, Carousel is the classic American musical, with a timeless score that includes the songs If I Loved You, June Is Bustin’ Out All Over and the iconic You’ll Never Walk Alone. This imaginative interpretation from Morphic Graffiti illuminates the immediacy of this heart lifting story; the belief in forgiveness and the power of the human spirit.

When mill worker Julie Jordan falls for the masculine charms of Billy Bigelow, a chain of events unravels that suggests their destiny is predetermined by the hand of fate. Set on the New England coastline, against the backdrop of the Great Depression, this reimagining of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel charts a story of recklessness, regret and redemption.

Praise for Morphic Graffiti musicals:

For The Revenge of Sherlock Holmes! in 2013:

‘A mischievous sense of fun…’ ★★★★★ – One Stop Arts

‘An absolutely stunning piece of musical theatre’ ★★★★★ – The Public Review

For Jekyll and Hyde in 2012:

‘Absorbing, disturbing and often downright terrifying’ ★★★★ – Time Out

‘Stunning revival’, ‘The Stage Top 100 Highlights in 2012’ – Mark Shenton for The Stage

Photo Credit: QNQ Creative

Reviews for Morphic Graffiti’s CAROUSEL:

Stewart Charlesworth’s fluid and playful design of both set and costumes is ingenious

The ensemble makes such a mellifluous sound, headed confidently by the three outstanding leads

★★★★★ Evening Standard

A stunning evening

This revelatory fringe production reveals haunting new textures in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s richly patterned tapestry of life and romance

Performances of aching sincerity and wonderment

★★★★★ The Stage

Morphic Graffiti’s intimate and thoroughly sensitive production not only shows incredible creativity, but also manages to unearth a simple honesty and rawness which cements it as a definitive reworking and a necessary addition to the London fringe.

thoroughly respectful and sensitive re-imagining of this classic show

★★★★★ LondonTheatre.co.uk

Everything about Fredericks’s production pulsates with intelligence and focus

★★★★★ The Telegraph

A first class lesson in how to reinvigorate a show for a fresh audience

Seductive, bold and spine-tinglingly emotional

★★★★★ So So Gay

A company that drips with perfection

“Luke Fredericks has fashioned a production of flawless technique and artistic excellence”

★★★★★ Jonathan Baz Reviews

The supremely talented ensemble cast hit all the right notes

★★★★ TimeOut

A pint-sized powerhouse of a show thanks to some zippy direction and effervescent choreography

★★★★ WhatsOnStage

Lee Proud’s choreography is thrilling throughout

Tim Rogers is the perfect Billy

★★★★ The Public Reviews

The two leads are magnificently cast

★★★★ Entertainment Focus

Gemma Sutton shines in the role of Julie Jordan

★★★★ West End Wilma

Morphic Graffiti are fast establishing themselves as a mainstay of London musical theatre: they are definitely one to watch

A Younger Theatre

A splendid show, with an excellent cast

Plays to See

Dominating the show is Tim Rogers’s magnificent, brooding Billy, a chippy, volatile outsider with a voice and stage-presence of boundless intensity

Classical Source

This is a high energy affair that does wonders to work the big scale of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s masterpiece within a small space

The London Magazine

Monday – Saturday evenings at 7.30pm – £21 (£19 concessions)

Opening performances (18 – 21 June) – all tickets £15

Saturday matinees at 2.30pm – £21 (£19 concessions)

Pay What You Can Tuesdays (tickets in person from 6.30pm – limited and subject to availability)

Recommended for ages 10+

Running time is approximately 2hrs 50 mins including an interval

There are strictly NO LATECOMERS

Please note that a selection of the remaining balcony seats for the final week are restricted view seats

Presented by arrangement with R&H Theatricals Europe

Cast

Gemma Sutton - Julie Jordan
Paul Hutton - Mr. Bascombe/Starkeeper/Doctor Seldon
Tim Rogers - Billy Bigelow
Vicki Lee Taylor - Carrie Pipperidge
Valerie Cutko - Mrs. Mullin
Anton Fosh - Captain/Carnival Boy
Amanda Minihan - Nettie Fowler
Joel Montague - Enoch Snow
Richard Kent - Jigger Craigin
Charlotte Gale - Arminy/Firebreather
Katrina Dix - 1st Heavenly Friend/Acrobat
Joseph Connor - Policeman/2nd Heavenly Friend/Acrobat
Susanna Porter - Louise
Michael Carolan - Enoch Snow Jr.

Direction

Luke Fredericks

Musical Supervisor

Larry Blank

Musical Director

Andrew Corcoran

Choreographer

Lee Proud

Set and Costume Design

Stewart Charlesworth

Lighting Design

Catherine Webb

Piano

Andrew Corcoran

Harp

Alex Thomas

Woodwind

Sophie Byrne

Percussion

Matthew West

Double Bass

Doug Grannell


A production by Morphic Graffiti.

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