This Olivier Award-winning musical is hugely original, highly eclectic and uniquely American. Caroline, or Change, with book and lyrics from Tony Kushner (Angels in America) and music from Jeanine Tesori (Shrek The Musical), is the story of Caroline, a black maid, who works for a Jewish family in Louisiana during the 1960s. The show paints a picture of America at a time of momentous social upheaval - melancholic, humorous, lyrical, and compassionate, Caroline, Or Change is an unmissable piece of theatre.
Directed by Michael Longhust (Amadeus), this adaptation of Caroline, Or Change opened at Chichester Festival Theatre to great acclaim in 2017, before transferring to London’s Hampstead Theatre in March 2018.
Experience this “musical fantasia” (The Telegraph) at the Playhouse Theatre from November.
The cast for the West End production is yet to be confirmed.
1963. In quiet Lake Charles, Louisiana, the destruction of a Confederate statue might just signal that change is in the air… But, Caroline Thibodeaux finds herself on the wrong side of history. She is a black maid trapped by her fear of confrontation and the need to earn money for her family. Whatever the progress of the civil rights movement elsewhere, things in the Jewish household where she works seem the same – for now at least.
Eight year old Noah Gellman - the little boy Caroline looks after -, heartbroken by the death of his mother and his father’s remarriage, sneaks down to the basement to spend time with Caroline, who he worships. Whilst the basement may seem like a magical place – filled with lively household objects that have a voice of their own - Caroline’s work there is monotonous and badly paid.
However, when Mrs Gellman suggests that Caroline takes spare change from the pockets of Noah’s dirty clothes - the consequences are unexpected and the peace is quickly disrupted.
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(2mins) Follow Embankment Place right under the bridge; turn right onto Northumberland Avenue and you’ll see the theatre.