Ragtime at the Charing Cross theatre
West End and Broadway stars Earl Carpenter and Anita Louise Combe head the cast for a major new actor-musician production of the multi Tony award-winning musical RAGTIME.
Earl Carpenter, who starred in the West End and on Broadway as The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera and Inspector Javert in Les Miserables, and West End star Anita Louise Combe, Tessie Tura in Gypsy at the Savoy Theatre and both Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly in Chicago, are to head the cast of a major new actor-musician production of Ragtime.
Ragtime led the 1998 Tony Awards with 12 nominations, winning 4 including Best Book by Terrence McNally and Best Original Score by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.
This new production follows critically acclaimed Titanic as the second in-house production at Charing Cross Theatre, directed by Artistic Director Thom Southerland and produced by Danielle Tarento, Steven M. Levy, Sean Sweeney and Vaughan Williams.
Ragtime will run for a 9-week season from Saturday 8 October - Saturday 10 December.
It is the turn of the 20th Century in New York. An era is exploding. A century is spinning. And the people are moving in rhythm and rhyme to the music of Ragtime. Based on the novel by E.L Doctorow, Ragtime weaves together the story of three groups in America, represented by Coalhouse Walker Jr, a Harlem musician; Mother and her white, middle class family in New Rochelle; and Tateh, a Jewish immigrant who has come to America with his daughter seeking a new life. Their fictional lives become dramatically intertwined with one another as well as with historical figures including Harry Houdini, Booker T. Washington, JP Morgan and Henry Ford.
“musical theatre at its best” LondonTheatre ★★★★★
“a knockout production…triumphant” Mark Shenton, The Stage ★★★★★
“heart-swelling and deeply affecting” WhatsOnStage ★★★★
“there might be a better night in the West End just now - but I doubt it” Broadwayworld ★★★★★
“unquestionably the most intelligent, humane and melodic musical in London” Sunday Express ★★★★
“one of the grandest spectacles in town” British Theatre ★★★★★
Please note: this production contains 10 seconds of strobe lighting in the second act.