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Sharon D. Clarke

Caroline, Or Change

Book and lyrics by Tony Kushner
Music by Jeanine Tesori

Minerva TheatreTicketsPrice: From £21


Things change everywhere, even here.

1963. Lake Charles, Louisiana. Caroline Thibodeaux is an African American maid earning thirty dollars a week working for the Jewish Gellman family. She is a single parent and the mother of four children.

Eight-year-old Noah Gellman visits Caroline in the basement as she works, washing and ironing. But when the boy begins leaving loose change in his laundry, his stepmother Rose devises a deterrent with revealing and far-reaching consequences.

This Olivier Award-winning musical mixes blues, soul, Motown, classical music and Jewish folk songs to create a beautiful, uplifting and deeply moving portrait of America at a time of momentous social upheaval spurred by the civil rights movement. The Broadway production was re-staged at the National Theatre in 2006; this will be the first new UK production.

Author of the ground-breaking Angels in America, Tony Kushner’s book and lyrics were partly inspired by his own boyhood. The score is by Jeanine Tesori, whose musical Fun Home won the 2015 Tony Award for Best Original Score.

Michael Longhurst, who recently directed an acclaimed revival of Amadeus at the National Theatre, directs Sharon D. Clarke in the title role. Equally renowned as a singer and actor, her Olivier Award-winning stage and screen work encompasses Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and The Amen Corner at the National Theatre, Ghost the Musical and We Will Rock You in the West End, and Holby City on TV.


Festival 2017 pricing information

Performed by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Limited

Prologue Members Early Bird
booking from 4 March

Cast & Creatives


  • Sharon D. Clarke

    Caroline Thibodeaux
  • Keisha Amponsa Banson

    The Radio
  • Me'sha Bryan

    The Washing Machine
  • Angela Caesar

    The Moon
  • Alex Gaumond

    Stuart Gellman
  • Nicola Hughes

    Dotty Moffett
  • Teddy Kempner

    Mr Stopnick
  • Beverley Klein

    Grandma Gellman
  • Ako Mitchell

    The Dryer/The Bus
  • Abiona Omonua

    Emmie Thibodeaux
  • Gloria Onitiri

    The Radio
  • Vincent Pirillo

    Grandpa Gellman
  • Jennifer Saayeng

    The Radio
  • Lauren Ward

    Rose Stopnick Gellman

Creative Team

Michael Longhurst


Fly Davis


Ann Yee


Nigel Lilley

Musical Director

Jack Knowles

Lighting Designer

Paul Arditti

Sound Designer

Charlotte Sutton CDG

Casting Director

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