Full Casting Is Set for West End Revival of Caroline, or Change

Full Casting Is Set for West End Revival of Caroline, or Change
Sharon D. Clarke in "Caroline, or Change" at the Hampstead Theatre
(Photo: Marc Brenner)

Complete casting has been announced for the highly anticipated West End revival of Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori's Tony-nominated and Olivier-winning musical Caroline, or Change. The revival is a transfer of Michael Longhurst's acclaimed production from the Hampstead Theatre, which debuted at the Chichester Festival Theatre. Much of the Hampstead cast will reprise their performances in the West End, including the previously announced Olivier Award winner Sharon D. Clarke in the musical's title role.

The cast will also include Tony nominee Lauren Ward (Matilda) returning to the role of Rose Stopnick Gellman with Abiona Omonua (Guys and Dolls) revisiting her turn as Emmie Thibodeaux, alongside Naana Agyei-Ampadu as Dotty Moffett, Alastair Brookshaw as Stuart Gellman, Teddy Kempner as Mr Stopnick, Vincent Pirillo as Grandpa Gellman, Sue Kelvin as Grandma Gellman, Angela Caesar as The Moon, Me'sha Bryan as The Washing Machine, Ako Mitchell as The Dryer/The Bus, Dujonna Gift-Simms as The Radio 1, Tanisha Spring as The Radio 2 and Keisha Amponsa Banson as The Radio 3.

Isaac Forward, Aaron Gelkoff and Jack Meredith will alternate in the role of Noah, with Mark Mwangi, Kenya Sandy and Jeremiah Waysome alternating in the role of Jackie, and Josiah Choto, David Dube and Raphael Higgins-Hume alternating in the role of Joe.

Caroline, or Change takes place in Louisiana, 1963, when 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.

Caroline, or Change made its New York bow at the Public Theater in a 2003 production starring Tonya Pinkins and Anika Noni Rose. The show transferred to Broadway in 2004, earning six Tony nominations, including Best Musical, and a win for Rose in her turn as Emmie. Caroline, or Change later made its West End debut, winning the 2007 Olivier Award for Best Musical.