Caroline, Or Change


1963. In quiet Lake Charles, Louisiana, the destruction of a Confederate statue might just signal that change is in the air. But, whatever the progress of the civil rights movement, in the Gellman household things seem just the same.
Caroline, Or Change at Hampstead Theatre

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Overview


Genre: Musical
Venue: Hampstead Theatre
Started: Monday 12 March 2018
Closed: Saturday 21 April 2018
Running time:To be confirmed
Age suitability: Not available

Background


Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori's celebrated musical makes a highly anticipated transfer to Hampstead following its critically acclaimed sell-out run at Chichester Festival Theatre earlier this summer.


Kushner returns to Hampstead following The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures or iHo last autumn.


Author of the ground-breaking Angels in America (recently revived at the National Theatre), Kushner's book and lyrics for Caroline, or Change were inspired by his own boyhood.


The score is by Jeanine Tesori, whose musical Fun Home won the 2015 Tony Award for Best Original Score.


Michael Longhurst returns to Hampstead to direct following the critically acclaimed sell-out hit, Gloria this summer.


His other productions include Amadeus (National Theatre), Bad Jews (Theatre Royal Bath/West End) and Constellations (Royal Court/West End/Broadway).


Sharon D. Clarke reprises her 'virtuoso performance' (The Times) as Caroline Thibodeaux.


Her Olivier Award winning stage work stretches from August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and James Baldwin's The Amen Corner (National Theatre) to Ghost The Musical, Hairspray and We Will Rock You in the West End.


Synopsis


"That old copper statue by the Courthouse downtown, honouring the dead Confederate soldier, ain't there no more …"


1963.


In quiet Lake Charles, Louisiana, the destruction of a Confederate statue might just signal that change is in the air …


But, whatever the progress of the civil rights movement, in the Gellman household things seem just the same - for now at least.


Eight year old Noah, heartbroken by the death of his mother and his father's remarriage, sneaks down to the basement to spend time with the black maid he idolises, Caroline Thibodeaux: Caroline who runs everything.


Whilst the basement may seem a fantastical place - even the appliances have a voice of their own - Caroline's work there is repetitive and badly paid.


But when Mrs Gellman comes up with a way for her to take a little more money home, the consequences for Caroline and Noah's relationship are not what anybody might have expected …


An Olivier Award winning musical with a hugely original, highly eclectic and uniquely American score, Caroline, or Change creates an uplifting and profound portrait of America at a time of momentous social upheaval.


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Dates


Previews from:Monday 12 March 2018

Press night:Monday 19 March 2018

Closes:Saturday 21 April 2018

Performance days & times


Evening:

Monday ‑ 7‑30pm

Tuesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Wednesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Thursday ‑ 7‑30pm

Friday ‑ 7‑30pm

Saturday ‑ 7‑30pm


Matinee:

Wednesday - 2-30pm (from 21 Mar)

Saturday - 3-00pm (from 24 Mar)


Tickets


Previews:

Full price: £30/£27/£18


Under 30s/Students: £15/£10


Seniors (matinees only): £22/£20


Groups: For every 9 tickets get the 10th free


Access: £16


Standard:

Mondays and matinees

Full price: £30/£27/£18


Tuesday - Saturday evenings

Full price: £37/£32/£25


Concessions:

Mondays and matinees

Under 30s/Students: £15/£10


Seniors (matinees only): £22/£20


Groups: For every 9 tickets get the 10th free


Access: £16


Tuesday - Saturday evenings

Under 30s/Students: £15/£10


Groups: For every 9 tickets get the 10th free


Access: £16


Access information


Audio Described Performance:

Sat 14 Apr 3‑00pm Touch Tour Available


Captioned Performance:

Thu 12 Apr 7‑30pm


Cast


CAROLINE THIBODEAUX - SHARON D. CLARKE

THE WASHING MACHINE - ME'SHA BRYAN

RADIO 1 - T'SHAN WILLIAMS

RADIO 2 - SHARON ROSE

RADIO 3 - CAROLE STENNETT

THE DRYER/THE BUS - AKO MITCHELL

GRANDMA GELLMAN - SUE KELVIN

GRANDPA GELLMAN - VINCENT PIRILLO

ROSE STOPNICK GELLMAN - LAUREN WARD

STUART GELLMAN - ALASTAIR BROOKSHAW

DOTTY MOFFETT - NAANA AGYEU-AMPADU

THE MOON - ANGELA CAESAR

EMMIE THIBODEAUX - ABIONA OMONUA

MR. STOPNICK - TEDDY KEMPNER

NOAH - CHARLIE GALLACHER

NOAH - AARON GELKOFF

JACKIE - KENYAH SANDY

JOE - JOSIAH CHOTO

JOE - DAVID DUBE


Creatives


Author: Tony Kushner
Composer: Jeanine Tesori
Lyricist: Tony Kushner
Director: Michael Longhurst
Designer: Fly Davis
Musical direction: Nigel Lilley
Choreography: Ann Yee
Lighting: Jack Knowles
Sound: Paul Arditti
Production: Chichester Festival Theatre

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