PREVIEW: Caroline, or Change, Playhouse Theatre

A West End transfer has been announced  for Michael Longhurst’s production, following runs at the Chichester Festival Theatre and Hampstead Theatre. 


Playing at the Playhouse Theatre from the 20th November 2018 to 9th February 2019, Caroline, or Change is the celebrated musical by Tony Kushner, author of Angels in America, with a soaring score from Tony Award-winning Jeanine Tesori.

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 Gellman 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…

Michael Longhurst’s production received critical acclaim from critics when it opened at the Chichester Festival Theatre and is currently in the middle of a sold-out run at the Hampstead Theatre, starring Sharon D. Clarke as  Caroline Thibodeaux who will reprise the role when the show transfers.

Inspired by his own boyhood, Tony Kushner’s Caroline or Change won the 2007 Olivier Award for Best New Musical and features a score made up of  soul, blues, classical and traditional Jewish folk music.

The music is by Jeanine Tesori who wrote the Tony Award-winning Best Original Score to Fun Home, alongside Lisa Kron’s book and lyrics, the music for Broadway, West End and inernational touring Shrek The Musical, eleven new songs for the stage adaptation of Thoroughly Modern Millie and the score for Broadway production, Violet. 

The production features designs by Fly Davis, choreography by Ann Yee, musical direction by Nigel Lilley, lighting by Jack Knowles and sound by Paul Arditti.

Caroline, or Change will play at the Playhouse Theatre from the 20th November until the 9th February 2019. To book tickets click here or visit:, ATG Tickets, Encore Tickets, See Tickets, Love, Theatre Tickets  

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