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2 hrs 35 mins

Watch this heartrending story of discrimination that Caroline, a black maid to a Jewish family in Louisiana, faces on a daily basis. From the financial trials to the emotional torment, Caroline, or Change is a show that is sure to make you reflect on the uglier side of humanity.

Why Watch Caroline, or Change

Caroline, or change is a gripping tale of the struggles that a person of colour faces in a dominantly white neighbourhood, especially when they are working as domestic helpers. Amidst this is another narrative, that of young Noah, the son of the family she works for. Sharon D. Clark performs exceptionally as Caroline and manages to evoke every emotion with textbook precision. Tony Kushner’s Olivier Award-winning is directed artfully by Michael Longhurst and features compositions from Tony Award-winning composer Jeanine Tesori.

This West End show at the Playhouse Theatre is one of those plays that can enthral and captivate audiences while also moving them to explore some of the most shameful moments in human history. The cast does an absolutely flawless job and Olivier Award-winning actress Sharon D. Clarke put up a majestic performance with emphatic vocals and acting.

The Story

Black people in white neighbourhoods are forced to shuffle between dealing with their own issues and handling the racial pressures they face on a daily basis. Caroline is a maid for the Gellman’s, a rich Jewish family, who ensure that she works in isolation in the basement. The story also follows the narratives of the recently married wife of Stuart Gellman, Mrs. Rose Stepnick Gellman, and Stuart’s son Noah Gellman. The musical is a complex oddity, one that combines the melody of soul-stirring songs with a story that touches the intricate details of life in the 60s.

Critics Reviews

“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.”
The Evening Standard

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Show Details

Show Timings

Mon, Tue, Wed & Fri 7:30 PM
Thu & Sat 2:30 & 7:30 PM

2 hours and 35 minutes with one interval

Leading Roles
Sharon D. Clarke as Caroline Thibodeaux
Josiah Choto, David Dube, and Raphael Higgins-Hume as Joe
Isaac Forward, Aaron Gelkoff, and Jack Meredith as Noah

Directed by
Mike Longhurst

Book and Lyrics by
Tony Kushner

Additional Information


Available Facilities
Cloak room
In-house bar
Wheelchair accessible

The Playhouse Theatre has a seating capacity of 786.

Outside Food
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out our guide to the 30 Best Restaurants in West End.

Dress Code
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theatre is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.

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Cancellation Policy

This experience cannot be canceled, amended or rescheduled.

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