Caroline, or Change at Playhouse Theatre tickets
Caroline, or Change at Playhouse Theatre tickets

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Overview

After a receiving five-star, critical acclaim for its seasons at the Hampstead Theatre and Chichester Festival Theatre, where tickets sold out, Tony Kushner’s Olivier Award-winning musical Caroline, or Change transfers to the West End’s Playhouse Theatre. Playing for a strictly limited run, the production sees theatre legend Sharon D. Clarke reprise her lauded role as Caroline Thibodeaux.

Caroline, or Change takes place in Louisiana 1963, when Kennedy is President and the country is experiencing significant social upheaval, and follows lowly-paid maid Caroline as she works in the basement of the Gellman household. Paid a mere $30 a week, she struggles to make ends meet.

With the Gellman’s saying she can’t be given a raise, Caroline is permitted to can keep any money she finds in their pockets when she does the laundry. This arrangement works well for a while, but when the 8-year old Noah leaves $20 in his trouser pocket, this triggers a moral crisis of monumental proportions.

Olivier Award-winning actress Sharon D. Clarke reprises the titular role, with extensive theatre credits including Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, We Will Rock You, Eugenius and Hairspray. Alongside her are Alastair Brookshaw, Naana Agyei-Ampadu, Me’sha Bryan, Dujonna Gift-Simms, Keisha Amponsa Banson, Angela Caesar, Teddy Kempner, Sue Kelvin, Abiona Omonua, Ako Mitchell, Tanisha Spring, Vincent Pirillo and Lauren Ward with Cassiopeia Berkeley-Agyepong, Timothy Quinlan, Zalika Henry, Teddy Wills and Laura Medforth. Nine young actors will play the roles of Joe, Noah and Jackie. Aaron Gelkoff, Isaac Forward and Jack Meredith share the role of Noah. Likewise the role of Joe is alternated by Josiah Choto, Raphael Higgins-Hume and David Dube. Kenya Sandy, Mark Mwangi and Jeremiah Waysome alternate the role of Jackie.

The musical features a book and lyrics by Tony Kushner, the American playwright best-known for Angels in America, which recently received revivals at the National Theatre and on Broadway. Tony Award-winning composer Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home, Shrek the Musical) provides the score, which pools together blues, classical, soul and traditional Jewish references.

Caroline, or Change is directed by Michael Longhurst (Amadeus, Constellations, Belleville), with 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.

With themes that are guaranteed to resonate today, the pertinent, heralded musical plays at London’s Playhouse Theatre for a limited season. Caroline, or Change tickets are available for performances from 20 November 2018, with a press night on 28 November 2018.

Recommended for

American musical theatre fans won’t want to miss getting tickets to this modern classic, which features on of theatre’s legendary actress. A diverse cast and a brilliant female lead make this a stand-out show in the wider West End landscape.

Age Recommendations: Suitable for all ages

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 35 minutes (including an interval)
Opened: 20 Nov 2018
Press night: 28 Nov 2018
Booking from: 21 Mar 2019
Booking until: 02 Mar 2019

Location and map

Playhouse Theatre
Northumberland Ave
London, WC2N 5DE

149 Reviews Add review

We loved the show. Great acting, great diction/enunciation, which is especially important because the lyrics tell you what has hap... More

moragd 1 review, 0 helpful votes

The set is sparse so it can be used for a number of locations with minimal changes, all deftly done by the actors. While the lyri... More

carolkinahan 2 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Unfortunately, I was a little disappointed by the show. It was totally sung through, which I actually feel was a hindrance. There ... More

AlexPhillips 171cm, 68 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Great show if for no other reason than to enjoy the amazing voices of the performers. Great story and soundtrack, and use of the s... More

Tash11e 6'0", 6 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The show was good. The set and acting were very good. The singing especially by Sharon D. Clark was amazing but the songs felt sli... More

abbiemead 5”5, 12 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Superb singing and diction, which was crucial as the story (such as it is), is completely told through song - there's no spoken d... More

alisonb 5'8", 20 reviews, 0 helpful votes

It takes a while to get going and does require a fair bit of concentration. Sharon D. Clarke is a powerhouse as the lead but is su... More

stevesherwin 6”1, 43 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Interesting performance Voices are amazing If you have a choice of musicals to go to this one would not be on the top of my list... More

pumpkin08 5' 2", 52 reviews, 0 helpful votes

emilym27 5’4, 19 reviews, 0 helpful votes