31 July 2021 - 25 September 2021

Arts journalist and theatre critic Fiona Mountford, sits down with cast members Carly Bawden, Jo Eaton-Kent, Christina Modestou and Natasha May-Thomas, to discuss their character relationships with protagonist Billy Bigelow.

'PHENOMENAL...a brave and powerful production. The gritty, audacious, absolutely must-see reworking of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel' (Time Out)

Celebrated for our innovative approach to classic musicals, rediscover Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel this summer. Featuring a score that includes ‘If I Loved You’ and ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ – "some of the most beautiful music ever composed" (WhatsOnStage) its "outstanding…an adventurous, beguiling, resonant reinvention" (The Times).

Based on Ferenc Molnar’s Play “Liliom” as adapted by Benjamin F. Glazer | Original Choreography by Agnes de Mille

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel is presented through special arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd. on behalf of R&H Theatricals. For more information visit

Running time: approx 2hrs 35 mins (incl 20 minute interval)

Guidelines for Parents

Time Out

PHENOMENAL…a brave and powerful production. ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, sung beautifully by Joanna Riding, remains a thing of pure majesty.

The Times

OUTSTANDING…an adventurous, beguiling, resonant reinvention.


Some of the most beautiful music ever composed, Tom Deering’s re-orchestrations retain its SOARING MELODIC BEAUTY

Culture Whisper

Timothy Sheader’s Carousel glitters with STAND-OUT PERFORMANCES.

Broadway World

Declan Bennett (Billy Bigelow) and Carly Bawden (Julie Jordan) are SENSATIONAL.

Emotionally complex, current, and expertly conceived. A SOUL-STIRRING EXPERIENCE.

The i

A tough, radical reinterpretation, the staging is crammed with texture. Drew McOnie’s INTRICATELY EXPRESSIVE CHOREOGRAPHY wordlessly sketches generations of struggle.

The Stage

It’s wonderful to see how a classic show can be reckoned with and reframed. Spectacular but unsweetened, for the harsh here-and-now.

The Daily Telegraph

Carly Bawden is a coolly self-possessed Julie, Christina Modestou a comic force as Carrie, John Pfumojena brings zeal to Enoch’s grand plans and Natasha May-Thomas makes a dynamic stage debut as Louise.

Musical Theatre Review

Tom Deering’s new orchestral arrangements are FRESH, IMAGINATIVE and ACCESSIBLE. In a strong cast, Declan Bennett’s Billy Bigelow is nuanced and complex, and Joanna Riding delights as the warm-hearted, common sensible Nettie.

The entire company should be applauded for bringing this new, EXCITING and THOUGHT PROVOKING production to the fore. A Carousel that turns the tables on what you think the show could be. Take a ride. You'll be challenged but never disappointed.

Financial Times

Timothy Sheader’s staging wriggles free of sentimentality to find the darkness in the story, whilst still relishing the comedy and honouring the lush, haunting beauty of the score.

Gay Times


The Observer

Tom Deering's reorchestration is EXTRAORDINARY


If I Loved You (extract)

Carly Bawden

Soliloquy (extract)

Declan Bennett and Company

You'll Never Walk Alone (extract)

Joanna Riding



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