Sunday 7th June 2020
Enjoy our first trip after many recommendations from customers! We visit the beautiful Kilworth House in Leicestershire where we will enjoy a fabulous 3-course lunch in The Orangery before seeing a fantastic production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's - Carousel.
The Kilworth House Theatre is the brainchild of owner and Producer Celia Mackay. Opened in 2007 with 17 performances of The Pirates of Penzance this unique theatre is set in a beautiful wooded glade close to the lake in the grounds of Kilworth House Hotel in south Leicestershire.
This stunning open-air theatre is dedicated to producing and presenting large scale professional musical theatre and was recognised in the national press as one of the Best Outdoor Theatres in the UK.
There’s a special aura and magic about open-air theatre on a beautiful English summer’s evening, so what better way to experience that magic than amidst the magnificent surroundings of the Kilworth estate, enjoying a professional production of a standard rarely seen outside the West End of London.
A giant of the musical stage, multi-award winning ‘Carousel’ is a vibrant and timeless story of passion, loss and redemption with some of Rodgers and Hammerstein's most beautiful and enduring songs of all time.
Set in 19th Century New England, the poignant story of the faithful Julie and her robust but charming carnival barker husband Billy Bigelow, includes such much-loved classics as ‘Mister Snow’,’ If I Loved You’, ‘June Is Bustin' Out All Over’,’ When The Children Are Asleep’ and the immortal ‘You'll Never Walk Alone’.
When New York-born Billy Bigelow arrives in the small town on the New England coast, he brings with him chaos and charisma! The carousel is the centre of excitement and romance, - matched only by the annual clambake that signifies the arrival of summer - and Billy is quickly hired as a carousel barker at the town fair. Billy’s boss, the mercenary Mrs. Mullin, is irritated when local girl Julie Jordan is attracted to Billy. Detached and footloose, trying to catch Billy is like trying to catch a cloud, but Julie is determined– and willing to sacrifice everything for her man.
From the enigmatic love story and the enchanting, energetic clambake, to the heart-warming vow from Billy to restore pride to his family, ‘Carousel’- voted the greatest musical of the 20th Century – promises to delight and uplift audiences.
Built in 1880 the Orangery Restaurant at Kilworth House Hotel is a magnificent example of Victorian architecture. Painstakingly restored to its former glory the Orangery has become a destination venue in its own right – light, bright and airy by day and glitteringly romantic by night. Guests can dine here beneath the Orangery’s ceiling of glass, timber and ornate wrought iron. We have our 3-course pre-show lunch in this beautiful setting.
Coach, 3-course lunch and show ticket: £98
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