Caroline, Or Change

Playhouse Theatre (Kit Kat Club), London

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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.

CREATIVE TEAM

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.

REVIEWS

★★★★★ ‘Superb’ Sunday Times
★★★★★ ‘Moving and magical’ Mail on Sunday
★★★★★ ‘Exceptional’ Daily Telegraph
★★★★ ‘Profound and powerful’ Evening Standard


Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 2 March 2019

Important Notes

The role of Caroline will be played by Naana Agyei-Ampadu on Monday 4 February.


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Venue Information

Playhouse Theatre (Kit Kat Club), Northumberland Avenue, London, WC2N 5DE
Nearest Tube or Train: Charing Cross (Northern line, Bakerloo line), Embankment (Northern line, Bakerloo line, District line, Circle line)
Nearest Buses: 3, 6, 9, 12, 13, 15, 23, 24, 29, 53, 77A, 88, 91, 139, 159, 176, 453
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West End transfer announced for Caroline, Or Change

Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori’s celebrated musical Caroline, Or Change will transfer to London’s Playhouse Theatre this November.

Directed by Michael Longhurst, the five-star production received phenomenal critical praise when it opened at Chichester Festival Theatre last year and again following its transfer to Hampstead Theatre, where it is currently sold-out until 21 April.

The production is led by Olivier Award-winning actress Sharon D. Clarke who will reprise her virtuoso performance as Caroline Thibodeaux when it transfer to Playhouse Theatre from 20 November 2018.

Clarke’s long established stage career includes Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and The Amen Corner (National Theatre), Ghost The Musical (Piccadilly Theatre), The Life (Southwark Playhouse), Porgy and Bess (Regents Park Open Air Theatre), Hairspray (Shaftesbury Theatre) and We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre).

Clarke plays Caroline Thibodeaux, a maid idolised by by Noah, young boy who is struggling with the death of this mother and remarriage of his father.

Partly inspired by his own boyhood, the book and lyrics are by Tony Kushner (Angels In America) and is a playful, funny, and deeply moving portrait of America at a time of momentous social upheaval.

Jeanine Tesori’s (Titanic) uplifting and profound score melds soul, blues, classical and traditional Jewish folk music.

Full casting to be announced.

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Caroline, Or Change will run from 20 November 2018 until 9 February 2019 at the Playhouse Theatre.

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Sharon D. Clarke to host UK Theatre Awards 2017

Olivier Award-winning actress Sharon D Clarke will host the UK Theatre Awards 2017.

The UK Theatre Awards are the only nationwide Awards to honour and celebrate outstanding achievements in regional theatre, both on and off stage, throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

This year’s UK Theatre Awards will take place 15 October 2017 at London’s Guildhall.

Sharon D Clarke is an acclaimed theatre and television actress and singer. Her recent stage credits include playing the title role in Caroline, Or Change at Chichester Festival Theatre, which will transfer to the Hampstead Theatre in 2018, Sonja in The Life at Southwark Playhouse & Ma Rainey in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at The National Theatre.

She played Odessa in The National Theatre’s production of The Amen Corner, for which she received an Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. In 2017 she was awarded an M.B.E in The Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for Services To Drama.

Sharon D Clarke said: “From musicals and plays to opera and dance, the last year has seen incredible work performed on stages up and down the country. The UK is home to the greatest talents, both on and off stage, and I can’t wait to celebrate the industry’s phenomenal achievements in October.”

Nominations for the UK Theatre Awards will be announced on @TwitterStage on 14 September at 13:30 by previous UK Theatre Award winners Clare Burt (Best Performance In A Musical 2016) and Rebecca Trehearn (Best Supporting Performance 2016) .

The vote gives the public the chance to celebrate their local theatre and the vital work they do in their communities.

Voting closes at 12:00 on Tuesday 19 September.

To cast a vote visit UkTheatre.org/Vote

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