Sweet news for Caroline Or Change as Chichester & Hampstead hit heads to the West End

23 Mar
Posted in: Theatre News
Author: Press Releases

Olivier Award-winning actress Sharon D. Clarke will reprise her five-star performance as Caroline Thibodeaux when the musical transfers to the Playhouse Theatre in November 2018.

Written by Tony Kushner (Angels in America) with a score by Tony Award-winning Jeanine Tesori, Caroline, or Change will transfer into the Playhouse Theatre from 20 November 2018 to 9 February 2019.

The production, directed by Michael Longhurst, won over audiences and critics when it opened at Chichester Festival Theatre last year and then again for its transfer to Hampstead Theatre, where it is currently sold out.

Caroline, or Change has been described as a “playful, funny, and deeply moving portrait of America at a time of momentous social upheaval”. Set to a score of soul, blues, classical and traditional Jewish folk music, the show won the 2007 Olivier Award for Best New Musical.

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…

Sharon D. Clarke (Caroline Thibodeaux) has enjoyed a long-established stage career with credits including Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and The Amen Corner (National Theatre), Ghost The Musical (Piccadilly Theatre), The Life (Southwark Playhouse), Porgy and Bess (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Hairspray (Shaftesbury Theatre) and We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre). On TV, Clarke is known for playing Lola Griffin in BBC’s Holby City.