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Caroline or Change

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Closed March 2, 2019

Morally charged examination of class, race and grief is nothing short of a triumph

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Why See Caroline or Change?

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Sharon D. Clarke Continues as Caroline

From the author of the epic juggernaut, Angels in America, comes Caroline, or Change, a beautiful and poignant tale of friendship, bravery and hope. Transferring to the West End this year, Olivier Award Winner Sharon D. Clarke will continue to shine in the title role, alongside director Michael Longhurst as this virtuosic musical uplifts and moves London audiences.

Telling the story of eight-year-old Noah Gellman as he finds comfort from grieving his mother in the shape of Caroline, the Gellman's black maid, Caroline, or Change provides an eloquent and inspiring portrait of America as it goes through historic social change.

What's Caroline, or Change about?

Little Noah is heartbroken and angry, grieving his mother's death and upset at his father's re-marriage he escapes to the basement where his beloved maid, Caroline Thibodeaux works all day. Caroline's work is monotonous, tiresome and badly paid, but when the new Mrs Gellman hatches a plan for Caroline to take some more money home, Caroline's and Noah's relationship provides consequences that nobody expected.

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Opening night: 20 November 2018

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Sharon D. Clarke as Caroline Thibodeaux

Naana Agyei-Ampadu, Keisha Amponsa Banson, Alastair Brookshaw, Me'sha Bryan, Angela Caesar, Dujonna Gift Simms, Sue Kelvin, Teddy Kempner, Ako Mitchell, Abiona Omonua, Vincent Pirillo, Tanisha Spring, Lauren Ward, Cassiopeia Berkley-Agyepong, Zalika Henry, Laura Medforth, Timothy Quinlan and Teddy Wills

Isaac Froward, Aaron Gelkoff and Jack Meredith will alternate the role of Noah
Mark Mwangi, Kenya Sandy and Jeremiah Waysome will alternate the role of Jackie
Josiah Choto, David Dube and Raphael Higgins-Hume will alternate the role of Joe


Directed by Michael Longhurst

What we thought


Sharon D. Clarke stuns as our titular character...Clarke embodies the role in one of the finest pieces of character work I've ever seen

Tony Kushner, the man who brought us Angels In America strikes again with the West End's latest musical offering, Caroline, Or Change.

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