Tomorrow, 30th November 2016 at 9am, tickets go on public sale for the highly anticipated five week run of Roger and Hammerstein's Carousel at English National Opera's London Coliseum. The third production in the partnership between English National Opera (ENO) and the GradeLinnit Company, Carousel marks the first time Alfie Boe and Katherine Jenkins will star together in the West End as Billy Bigelow and Julie Jordan.
With previews beginning on 7 April 2017 this strictly limited 5 week run will have its press night 11 April and finish its last of 41 performances on 13 May 2017.Further casting will be announced shortly but it has been announced that ENO's award-winning 40-piece orchestra and chorus will accompany the cast in this semi-staged production.
Charming carousel barker Billy Bigelow gets caught up in an armed robbery and ends up taking his own life, but fifteen years later he is given a chance to return to earth and make amends. Billy vows to restore his family's pride after discovering that his daughter Louise has grown into a lonely, troubled teenager, haunted by the legacy of her father.
Katherine Jenkins will make her West End Theatre debut as Julie Jordan. The Welsh lyric mezzo soprano, singer and songwriter won a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music and has since gone on to record ten studio albums Her most recent album Home Sweet Home was her seventh studio album to reach number 1. Multi award-wining Jenkins was a 2016 Invictus Games Ambassador and was made an OBE in 2014.
Alfie Boe, platinum-selling recording artist, English tenor and actor, returns to the West End to play Billy Bigelow. He played Jean Valjean in the West End production of Les Miserable at the Queen's Theatre.Having made his US debut in Baz Luhrmann’s La bohème, he went on to play J.M. Barrie in Finding Neverland earlier this year. After studying at the National Opera Studio and the Royal Opera House he went on to release numerous highly-successful solo albums in the UK and the US. Currently on a 28 date sold out UK tour with Michael Ball, their new album Together, which entered the charts at number 2 on release this month, looks set to be one of the biggest selling records of 2016. The related Ball and Boe: One Night Only, ITV special, will be broadcast on 9 December 2016
Carousel is presented by Michael Linnit and Michael Grade with English National Opera who have previously presented the critically acclaimed runs of Sweeney Todd with Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel and Sunset Boulevard with Glenn Close.
Don't forget to buy your tickets starting 9am 30 November 2016 for this strictly limited run which is sure to be one of the hottest tickets in London!