Ragtime at Charing Cross Theatre tickets
Ragtime at Charing Cross Theatre tickets

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Overview

The much loved tale of early 20th century New York returns to London’s West End in a brand new production of Ragtime staged at the Charing Cross Theatre, with performances having ran from 8th October 2016, and an official opening on 17th October 2016, the show continued until 10th December 2016.

The Charing Cross Theatre’s 2016 programme of musical revivals had already reached great critical acclaim with their production of Titanic, with Ragtime having become yet another one of their many much anticipated revival musicals, such as Death Takes a Holiday and Radio Times..

Anita Louise Combe (Gypsy, Chicago) starred alongside Earl Carpenter (Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables) in this exciting new actor-musician production, which will also featured Valerie Cutko (Grand Hotel), Cavin Cornwall (Jesus Christ Superstar) and Ako Mitchell (Grey Gardens).

Set in the early 1900s in New York, great change is afoot with excitement in the air as a new century and even a whole new era is coming into focus. The musical tells the tale of three disparate groups of society in America, all bound together with their belief and desire to find a better tomorrow.

Coalhouse Walker Jr is an African American musician from Harlem, while Mother and her upper-middle class white family living in the New Rochelle suburbs, and Tateh is a Jewish immigrant from Latvia who has travelled to America with his daughter in the hope of discovering not only a new land, but also a new life.

The fictional lives of our trio of characters soon begin to dramatically weave together, both with each other, as well as historical figures of the time such as JP Morgan, Harry Houdini, Booker T. Washington, Evelyn Nesbit, Stanford White, Emma Goldman and Henry Ford.

Ragtime first existed as a novel by E.L. Doctorow, before being turned into a musical in 1996 with music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, known for their work together on musicals such as Once on This Island, Seussical and Rocky – The Musical.

The musical premiered in Toronto in December 1996, before transferring to Broadway in 1998, where it ran for a staggering 834 performances and led that year’s Tony Awards with 13 nominations, winning four, including Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score.

This new production marked a welcomed return to London’s West End by Ragtime as part of the ever brilliant Charring Cross Theatre’s season of musical revivals. Previews began on 8th October 2016 and ran through to 10th December 2016.

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

Recommended for

If you have enjoyed other musical revivals at The Charring Cross Theatre recently, such as their critically acclaimed production of Titanic you should definitely check out this new version of a much loved American musical. Giving an alternative to many of the big budget West End musicals, these can give an exciting and innovative intimate theatre experience.

Age Recommendations: May not be suitable for very young children

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 45 minutes (including an interval)
Opened: 08 Oct 2016
Press night: 17 Oct 2016
Booking from: 30 Nov 2016
Booking until: 10 Dec 2016

Location and map

Charing Cross Theatre
The Arches, Villiers Street
London, WC2N 6NG

38 Reviews Add review

I had a very limited knowledge of 'Ragtime' before the show began, my knowledge expanding only to "Your Daddy's Son", but after le... More

christierney777 5"9, 118 reviews, 1 helpful vote

I had a very limited knowledge of 'Ragtime' before the show began, my knowledge expanding only to "Your Daddy's Son", but after leaving the theatre I was blown away by the sheer beauty of Stephen Flaherty's astounding music accompanied by Lynn Ahrens lyrics. Thin Sutherland, once again, directed the show and created a long lasting memory for the Charing Cross Theatre, I wish him all the best of luck with his future projects. Anita Louise Combe, as Mother, and Earl Carpenter, as Father, were both superb and their vocals were very moving for me. Ako Mitchell, as Coalhouse Walker Jr., gave one of the most touching performances and his rendition of "Make Them Heat You" reduced me to tears, if you also saw this production I'm sure that you also agree with me, that this was the standout performance and should be remembered for a long time. The idea that the cast were the band worked perfectly with the storyline, e.g. Tateh's use of the Drums, Coalhouse playing the Piano, Evelyn playing the Cello, were worked into the story so cleverly that it almost seemed natural. I am so grateful to have seen this first rate show and wish the Charing Cross Theatre all the best of luck for their future shows.

christierney777 5"9, 118 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Thom Southerland has pulled off another stunning production at the Charing Cross theatre - brilliant staging with a set that makes... More

jgblunners 6'2", 109 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Thom Southerland has pulled off another stunning production at the Charing Cross theatre - brilliant staging with a set that makes the most of the limited space. The actor-musician style is often very hit-and-miss, but this is definitely a hit. The musicians are fully integrated into the cast, and always on stage, which works extremely well, helping to create the hustle and bustle of an America that's being flooded with immigrants full of hope for a new life. The reduced orchestration doesn't sound reduced at all, it really brings out the beauty of this score. On top of all that, this show boasts a truly incredible cast - every performance is outstanding.

jgblunners 6'2", 109 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Amazing production! I really enjoyed how actor-musicians have started to become incorporated into productions. The set was ... More

deanokirkbride 1 review, 0 helpful votes

Amazing production! I really enjoyed how actor-musicians have started to become incorporated into productions. The set was minimal, however the production didn't need a big set as the cast and production team did a great job of cleverly incorporating instruments in place of the set.

deanokirkbride 1 review, 0 helpful votes

Excellent show with a very talented cast. The story is still very relevant today. Heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time.... More

freddie12 5" 10, 41 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Excellent show with a very talented cast. The story is still very relevant today. Heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. Nobody left to go to the toilet everybody was gripped by the wonderful acting and beautiful music.

freddie12 5" 10, 41 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Incredible show by a fantastic cast! I was initially quite anxious about going to see this show as I wasn't too keen on the Broadw... More

harryjones 2 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Incredible show by a fantastic cast! I was initially quite anxious about going to see this show as I wasn't too keen on the Broadway soundtrack however I was completely blown away by the emmence talent and energy the show offered! Wish it was on longer so that I could have seen it a few more times!

harryjones 2 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Gorgeously affecting show. The vocals will go straight to your soul & Thom Southerland's direction is impeccable as always.

YankInLondon 5'5", 31 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Gorgeously affecting show. The vocals will go straight to your soul & Thom Southerland's direction is impeccable as always.

YankInLondon 5'5", 31 reviews, 1 helpful vote

The show was incredible, it used actor-musicians so there wasn't a band and this was so interesting to watch. I couldn't believe m... More

lizzyparker 18 reviews, 2 helpful votes

The show was incredible, it used actor-musicians so there wasn't a band and this was so interesting to watch. I couldn't believe my eyes! The cast were brilliant also and the sound they made in the choral singing was beautiful. The show was so moving and I loved it.

lizzyparker 18 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Ragtime is one of my favourite musicals - and the staging of this was simply beautiful with the musical actors on stage! It was tr... More

keanoneil 6"2, 26 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Ragtime is one of my favourite musicals - and the staging of this was simply beautiful with the musical actors on stage! It was truly a refreshing experience that's still current!

keanoneil 6"2, 26 reviews, 0 helpful votes

It's a really fantastic production that is hugely relevant, especially in modern-day America. Covering issues of race, society and... More

susannahrosemn 5"3, 127 reviews, 4 helpful votes

It's a really fantastic production that is hugely relevant, especially in modern-day America. Covering issues of race, society and immigration, Ragtime rang very true. I loved the use of actor-musos, as this is rarely seen in the West End! It did, however, mean that there was a huge cast - a bit too large for the Charing Cross Theatre stage. I can appreciate that it was a great production, but it felt very long and wasn't to my particular tastes.

susannahrosemn 5"3, 127 reviews, 4 helpful votes