“Now who could possibly resist a washing machine that breaks into song? This production by Michael Longhurst — who is the Donmar’s incoming artistic director — has taken its time to get to the West End, arriving via Chichester and Hampstead. But it will be worth the wait as it comes showered in accolades not least for Sharon D Clarke who plays Caroline, the African-American maid who works in the basement of the wealthy Geller family house in Louisiana in 1963. She is regularly visited by the eight-year-old son of the family, Noah, whose pockets jingle with small change and who watches while she washes and irons. The word change has many meanings in a musical by Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori which has both emotional nuance and political clout.”
"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…
An Olivier Award winning musical with a hugely original, highly eclectic and uniquely American score, Caroline, or Change creates an uplifting and profound portrait of America at a time of momentous social upheaval.
Raw and defiant
Effortlessly clever choreography
What's On Stage
Superb revival of the Civil Rights-era musical performed by an exuberant cast
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