Review of Carousel at The Queen’s Theatre

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Carousel was the second musical written by the team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, whose works also include South Pacific and The Sound of Music. With a mix of singing, dancing and even a scene containing ballet, there is a lot of chance for the Havering Music Makers to show off all their wonderful talents.

The night was surprisingly good for an amateur production and you could easily mistake it for one of the Queens Theatre’s regular Cut to the Chase productions.

The ensemble of actors is superb, with West End quality singing and dancing throughout the night. The crowds are headed up by Nettie Fowler, played by Sue Howlett, who does an excellent job of leading the group, despite forgetting her lines at one point

Nick Ford shows his acting skills in the portrayal of Anti-hero Billy Bigelow, as the character reaches for our hearts while also playing the villain. Nick’s performance was only second to Sarah Smith, who plays Julie Jordan, and I was taken aback by her singing, this is Sarah’s first time performing with the ‘Havering Music Makers’ and I can see a large potential for her in future productions.

The set design was basic, with most of it being painted wood sets, but this put the focus where it should be, on the actors.

With a high class of music, acting and singing, Carousel has left me hungry for more ‘Havering Music Maker’ Productions.

Carousel has now finished at The Queen’s Theatre but Havering Music Makers will be returning to the theatre ‘The Likes of Us’ in January 2015 (For more information go to

  • Mrs Mullin – Helen Pree
  • Julie Jordan – Sarah Smith
  • Carrie Pipperidge – Louise Banham
  • Billy Bigelow – Nick Ford
  • Policeman – Trent Butler
  • Bascombe – Bob Robinson
  • Nettie Fowler – Sue Howlett
  • Enoch Snow – Alan Phelps
  • Jigger Craigin – Rob Morley
  • Arminy – Sanja Lahiff
  • Heavenly Friend – Jake Portsmouth
  • Starkeeper – Hayley Mitchell
  • Carnival Boy – Jonathan Sanders
  • Enoch Jr – Alex Hayward
  • Dr Seldon – Jim Lion


  • Director & Choreographer – Sally Woodfield
  • Musical director – Phil Gostelow

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