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About the show

The ever popular story of early 1900s New York has come back to the West End in a new London staging of the musical Ragtime at the Charring Cross Theatre. The show officially opened on the 17th October 2016, with previews having began on the 8th October and the production set to run until 10th December 2016.

Anita Louise Combe (Gypsy, Chicago) and Earl Carpenter (Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables) lead the cast for this new actor-musician production, which also includes Cavin Cornwall (Jesus Christ Superstar), Ako Mitchell (Grey Gardens) and Valerie Cutko (Grand Hotel).

The musical is set in New York in the early 1900s, where the turn of the century brings much hope and change to the lives of all people. Ragtime follows three groups of American society, all from different races and different social classes, yet all united together with an optimism that they can make a better life for themselves.

Mother comes from the white middle-class suburbs in New Rochelle and lives with her family, while Coalhouse Walker Jr is an African American musician from Harlem. Tateh is a Latvian Jewish migrant who has come to American in the hope of being able to establish a new life with opportunity for the sake of his daughter.

This trio of very disconnected people’s lives begin to rapidly change when they begin to stumble upon each other, as well as contemporary historical figures such as Harry Houdini, JP Morgan, Booker T. Washington and Henry Ford.

Ragtime was first performed in Toronto December 1996, written by Stephen Glaherty and Lynn Ahrens, before transferring to Broadway in 1998. This original production reached great acclaim, receiving 13 Tony Award nominations and running for a huge 834 performances.

With the Charring Cross Theatre’s recent runaway success Titanic, the musical, taking the West End by storm and receiving a great range of critical praise, this has been a much anticipated part of their upcoming new series of West End revivals.

Performances of Ragtime began at the Charring Cross Theatre on 8th October 2016 and the show is set to run to 10th December 2016.

Please Note: The show contains strobe lighting in the second half for 10 seconds.

Who Should See It?

Anyone who loves a good old American Dream musical such as Annie is bound to love this classic show from across the Atlantic. With the dreams of pursuing a better future unifying all races and levels of society, this is a warm and touching story of early 20th century America.

Playing at

Charing Cross Theatre
The Arches, Villiers Street
Seating Plan

Charing Cross Theatre seating plan

Booking period

8th Oct 2016

21st Sep 2019

10th Dec 2016

Running time

2 hours 45 minutes (including an interval)


May not be suitable for very young children