"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.
Sharon D. Clarke is magnificent in the title role of Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori’s musical
An incandescent Sharon D Clarke powers the West End transfer of Tony Kushner‘s surreal civil rights-era musical
A riveting fusion of social upheaval and hummable songs
Superb revival of the Civil Rights-era musical performed by an exuberant cast
Along with its socially historic insights, it seems to exist to remind us that, as Kushner writes: change, progress is difficult, uneven, uncertain but also absolutely possible
Longhurst's production fields a stunning ensemble cast, but it is naturally and peerlessly dominated by an extraordinarily fierce and contained performance from Sharon D Clarke in the title role
Sharon D Clarke has long had one of theatre’s most resonant, authoritative voices. But here she astonishes, with a riveting portrait of a woman whose rock-hard stoicism is etched with pain