Caroline, or Change

Hampstead Theatre

Caroline, or Change

12 Mar 2018 - 21 Apr 2018

£10.00 - £37.00

Pro reviewers rating
16 reviews

4.4 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
0 reviews

0.0 out of 5.0

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…

Transfer from Minerva, Chichester. (Reviewed in Chichester in May.) Sharon D Clarke reprises her lead.


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“Up-close production releases all the pent-up emotion... Beautifully staged and impeccably performed, this is an exceptional show”

Claire Allfree (Metro, Telegraph)

“Superb revival of the Civil Rights-era musical performed by an exuberant cast.”

Bella Todd (The Stage, Arts Desk, Time Out)

“Wonderfully playful, personal and political... Tesori gives everything and everyone their own distinctive rhythm and style.”

Other newspaper reviewers

“A modern masterpiece of considerable heft... A rich asset for London theatre... Clarke, magisterial... A very classy show.”

Fiona Mountford (Evening Standard)

“Unusual doesn't begin to describe this magnificent musical... A kind of bonkers bravura... wraps you in its enthusiastic embrace”

Sarah Crompton (What's On Stage, Guardian)

“Provocative and ever-stirring... A central performance that is pretty damn near life-changing.”

Matt Wolf (Arts Desk)

“If your heart doesn't exactly soar watching it, it's nevertheless a gorgeous, riveting, daring and unusual musical.”

Mark Shenton (The Stage, London Theatre, Express)

“Gloriously disruptive, completely distinctive... First-rate production... Clarke’s magnificent voice makes each song mighty.”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“The incomparable Clarke... conveys the implacable, obdurate and deeply pious nature of the exploited maid... Expands the form.”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“A musical fantasia... great fun while also exploring the deep-fissure issues of race and class in America's Deep South.”

Ann Treneman (Times)

“Complex, challenging and rewarding... Longhurst’s hugely accomplished revival is a high-grade treat.”

Fiona Mountford (Evening Standard)

“Deepens into a piercing exploration of race relations, inequality and economics... Intimate staging, with Clarke magnificent.”

Sarah Hemming (Financial Times)

“Intimate epic... the almost through-composed score carries this domestic miniature into the huge theme of coming change.”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“Clarke’s mesmerising performance as Caroline is the still point your eye’s always drawn to...Sounds astonishing.”

Alice Saville (Time Out, Independent)

“A true theatrical legend, Sharon D Clarke storms the stage in one of her most enthralling performances to date.”

Broadway World (other reviewers)

“What distinguishes the evening is Tesori’s soaring score... Longhurst’s production is elegant, sharp and excellently cast.”

Michael Arditti (Express)

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