Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel at the Arcola…Not too far away

I posted about Carousel a while back and certain naysayers in West London felt this little theatre wasn’t worth travelling to Dalston for.

Fortunately, reader CW, visiting london from New York felt Dalston wasn’t too far for her and said “We loved it! West end quality performances by all. And a fun venue. We arrived late (got lost driving there) and the show had started but they very kindly allowed us in anyway. I think they genuinely want people to see and enjoy the performance in a way I can’t imagine a major theatre would. The place looks like it is run on a shoestring. Made us all appreciate how hard it is to make a living in theatre even if one is incredibly talented.”

The press seems to agree with CW:

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


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

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

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

Arcola Theatre.

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