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About the showSharon D. Clarke stars in Tony Kushner’s Olivier Award-winning musical Caroline, or Change, transferring to the West End after sold-out seasons at the Hampstead Theatre and Chichester Festival Theatre. Running for a limited season at the Playhouse Theatre, the five-star musical features a score combining blues, soul, classical and traditional Jewish music.
Caroline, or Change is set in Louisiana, 1963, and follows the life of poorly paid maid to the Gellman family, Caroline Thibodeaux. Spending her days in the household’s basement, she is daily surrounded by a magical world piles of laundry and singing washing machines.
Living a life of simple means, she barely has any money of her own. But 8-year old Noah Gellman regularly sneaks downstairs to see her as, and one day slips a little more money into Caroline’s pocket. Soon, the limits of who and how far the winds of change can truly reach are put to the test…
Olivier Award-winner Sharon D. Clarke reprises her lauded role as Caroline, with extensive theatre credits including Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Eugenius, Ghost the Musical, Hairspray and We Will Rock You. The musical features a book and lyrics by Tony Kushner (Angels in America) and music by Jeanine Tesori.
Casting for the Hampstead Theatre run included Me’Sha Bryan, T’Shan Williams, Sharon Rose, Carole Stennentt, Ako Mitchell, Sue Kelvin, Vincent Pirillo, Lauren Ward, Alastair Brookshaw, Naana Agyei-Ampadu, Angela Caesar, Abiona Omonua and Teddy Kempner.
Michael Longhurst (Amadeus and Constellations at the National Theatre) directs the production, which features choreography by Ann Yee, design by Fly Davis, lighting design by Jack Knowles and sound design by Paul Arditti, with musical direction by Nigel Lilley.
An evocative musical that has been hailed by audiences and critics alike, the production takes place in America at a time of significant social upheaval. Caroline, or Change plays a limited season at the Playhouse Theatre from November 20th 2018 to February 9th 2019, with an official opening on November 28th 2018.
Who Should See It?Those who missed the chance to see the production at the Hampstead Theatre can now catch it in the West End. Musical theatre aficionados should not miss out on the chance to see Sharon D. Clarke in this amazing production.
Caroline, or Change is suitable for all ages.