Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori’s celebrated musical Caroline, Or Change comes to London’s Playhouse Theatre, following critically acclaimed sell-out runs at Chichester Festival Theatre and Hampstead Theatre.
Sharon D. Clarke will reprise her role as Caroline Thibodeaux in this highly anticipated transfer which is directed by Michael Longhurst.
This Olivier Award-winning musical mixes blues, soul, Motown, classical music and Jewish folk songs to create a beautiful, uplifting and deeply moving portrait of America at a time of momentous social upheaval spurred by the civil rights movement.
Sharon D. Clarke’s award-winning stage and screen work includes Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and The Amen Corner at the National Theatre, Ghost the Musical and We Will Rock You in the West End, and Holby City on TV.
Caroline, Or Change will run from 20 November 2018 until 2 March 2019 at the Playhouse Theatre, London.
WHAT’S THE STORY?
1963. Lake Charles, Louisiana.
African American maid, Caroline Thibodeaux, earns thirty dollars a week working for the Jewish Gellman family. She is a single parent and the mother of four children.
Eight-year-old Noah Gellman visits Caroline in the basement as she works, washing and ironing. But when the boy begins leaving loose change in his laundry, his stepmother Rose devises a deterrent with revealing and far-reaching consequences.
WHO’S IN IT? CAROLINE, OR CHANGE CAST
The cast features Sharon D. Clarke, Naana Agyei-Ampadu, Keisha Amponsa Banson, Alastair Brookshaw, Me’sha Bryan, Angela Caesar, Dujonna Gift-Simms, Sue Kelvin, Teddy Kempner, Ako Mitchell, Abiona Omonua, Vincent Pirillo, Tanisha Spring, Lauren Ward, Cassiopeia Berkeley-Agyepong, Zalika Henry, Laura Medforth, Timothy Quinlan and Teddy Wills.
Caroline, Or Change has book and lyrics by Tony Kushner with music by Jeanine Tesori.
Directed by Michael Longhurst with design by Fly Davis, choreography by Ann Yee, musical direction by Nigel Lilley, lighting by Jack Knowles and sound by Paul Arditti.
★★★★★ ‘Superb’ Sunday Times
★★★★★ ‘Moving and magical’ Mail on Sunday
★★★★★ ‘Exceptional’ Daily Telegraph
★★★★ ‘Profound and powerful’ Evening Standard
Important NotesThe role of Caroline will be played by Naana Agyei-Ampadu on Monday 4 February.
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