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Celebrated Tony Kushner-written musical Caroline, Or Change will be transferring to the West End this autumn, opening at the West End’s Playhouse Theatre on the 20 November 2018.
Michael Longhurst directs the production written by Kushner, who also wrote the acclaimed Angels In America, with a score by Tony Award winner Jeanine Tesori.
Arriving at the West End theatre, Caroline, Or Change will star Olivier Award winning actor Sharon D. Clarke, reprising the title role. Further casting will be announced in due course.
Clarke has starred in the likes of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and The Amen Corner at the National Theatre. As well as the likes of Ghost The Musical, The Life, Hairspray and We Will Rock You, Clarke is also known for her portrayal of Lola Griffin in the long-running BBC series Holby City.
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 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…
Caroline, Or Change won the 2007 Olivier Award for Best New Musical, taking audience inside America during turbulent social politics. The charged lyrics are set to a score of soul, blues, classical and traditional Jewish folk.
As well as the powerful Angels In America, Tony Kushner has written screenplays for the Academy Award nominated Fences, as well as alongside Steven Spielberg for Munich and the forthcoming West Side Story film adaptation.
Jeanine Tesori has also worked on Fun Home, for which she took home the coveted Tony Award, Shrek The Musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie and more.
Caroline, Or Change runs at London’s Playhouse Theatre from 20 November 2018 to 9 February 2019. Tickets are available now through Ticketmaster.co.uk.