Having previously collaborated on 2016's five-star sellout production of Jesus Christ Superstar, the two have a proven pedigree in the art of al fresco musicals. With a tragic romance and hit songs including June is Bustin' Out All Over, You'll Never Walk Alone and If I Loved You, Carousel exemplifies the golden age of classic musical theatre.
After a huge commercial success on Broadway in 1945, the show dazzled on the West End stage in 1950 and was immortalised on screen in 1956. It has since been revived all around the world – most memorably for London audiences in Nicholas Hytner's rousing 1992 production.
Based on Ferenc Molnár's 1909 play Liliom, the show tells the story of mill-worker Julie Jordan, who visits the carnival and falls in love with Billy Bigelow, a barker on the carousel. But when their romance threatens both their jobs, Billy takes a risk to provide for his new family – and the consequences are devastating. With twinges of violence and a dash of tragedy, Carousel is more complex than the standard 40s musical.
But the summery fairground setting offers plenty of potential for an evocative open-air staging with dance numbers bustin' out all over the aisles...
|What||Carousel, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre|
|Where||Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, Inner Cir, Westminster, London, NW1 4NU | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Baker Street (underground)|
31 Jul 20 – 19 Sep 20, 7:45 PM – 10:00 PM
|Website||Click here to book and for more information|