1963, 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, things seem just the same in the Gellman household – for now at least.
Caroline, the black maid to the family, is struggling to stay afloat – emotionally and economically. Noah, the eight-year-old son of her employer, tries to make sense of the world following the death of his mother and his father’s remarriage. When his stepmother comes up with a way for Caroline to take a little more money home, the consequences for Caroline and Noah’s relationship are not what anybody might have expected…
Caroline, or Change is an uplifting and profound portrait of America at a time of momentous social upheaval. It received its British premiere at the National Theatre in 2006 and won the Olivier Award for Best New Musical. This edition was published alongside the Chichester Festival Theatre production, which transferred to Hampstead Theatre, London, in 2018.
Tony Kushner’s other plays include Angels in America, described as ‘nothing less than one of the greatest plays of the twentieth century’ (New York Observer). Jeanine Tesori’s musical Fun Home won the 2015 Tony Award for Best Original Score.
‘Extraordinary… Perhaps no one short of the author of Angels in America could pull this off… you feel that mixture of terror and rapture that arrives on those rare occasions in theatre and in life when you genuinely don’t know what’s going to happen next’ New York Times