FEATURED: ‘Caroline, Or Change’, Playhouse Theatre

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‘Caroline, Or Change’, Playhouse Theatre

“That old copper statue by the Courthouse downtown, honouring the dead Confederate soldier, ain’t there no more…”

‘Louisiana, 1963. Revolution is in the air, though not so much for Caroline, the poorly paid maid toiling endlessly in the sweltering basement of the Gellman household. It’s a fantastical, magical place amidst the piles of laundry and singing washing machines, especially for eight-year-old Noah Gellman who sneaks downstairs to see her whenever he can. Yet a simple gesture to leave more money in Caroline’s pocket is about to test who and how far the winds of change can ever really reach…’.

  Following sold-out engagements at Chichester Festival Theatre and Hampstead Theatre, ‘Caroline, Or Change’ transfers to London’s Playhouse Theatre from 20th November, 2018, to 2nd March 2019.

  ‘Winner of the 2007 Olivier Award for Best New Musical, ‘Caroline, Or Change’ is a playful, funny, and deeply moving portrait of America at a time of momentous social upheaval, set to an uplifting and profound score of soul, blues, classical and traditional Jewish folk music’.

  This celebrated five-star production, which has received phenomenal critical praise, is directed by Michael Longhurst (the Artistic Director Designate of the Donmar Warehouse), and written by Angels in America author Tony Kushner – whose own boyhood partly inspired the show’s book and lyrics – and features a soaring score from Tony Award-winning Jeanine Tesori, design by Fly Davis, choreography by Ann Yee, musical direction by Nigel Lilley, lighting by Jack Knowles, sound by Paul Arditti, casting by Charlotte Sutton CDG and children’s casting by Debbie O’Brien.

  The cast will be led by Olivier Award-winning actress Sharon D. Clarke, who is to reprise her role as Caroline Thibodeaux, her virtuoso performance critically-hailed – according to The Times, “to watch her seems a privilege”. Clarke will be joined by 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 and Lauren Ward with Cassiopeia Berkeley-Agyepong, Zalika Henry, Laura Medforth, Timothy Quinlan and Teddy Wills.

  The Chichester Festival Theatre production of ‘Caroline, Or Change’, is presented by Ambassador Theatre Group, Gavin Kalin Productions, Glass Half Full Productions and Rupert Gavin, in association with Hampstead Theatre.

  According to Time Out, “Michael Longhurst has proved he can ‘do’ musicals… it sounds astonishing, and Kushner’s writing achieves something rare: it points to hope, while issuing a reminder that what looks like change can be just going round in so many circles”.

  WhatsOnStage says of the production, “Unusual doesn’t begin to describe this magnificent musical by Tony Kushner, who provided the book and lyrics, and Jeanine Tesori, who wrote the music. It has a kind of bonkers bravura that wraps you in its enthusiastic embrace…As in Angels in America, he weaves a fantasy from grim reality, bringing a singing washing machine and a singing moon onto the stage, while never losing sight of the anger and bitterness that afflict black Americans struggling to feed their families in a time of radical social change.’

  Indeed, this “modern masterpiece of considerable heft… is a rich asset for London Theatre” (Evening Standard).

  ‘Caroline, Or Change’ will play at the Playhouse Theatre from 20th November, 2018, to 9th February 2019.

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