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Park Theatre, London4.628 reviews
From the songwriters of Wicked and Annie, Rags The Musical comes to London's Park Theatre!

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Rags The Musical theatre tickets on sale for the Park Theatre run!

From rags to riches and from Manchester to London comes the revised new version of Joseph Stein’s Rags, which made its London premiere on 9 January 2020. Telling the touching and inspirational story of Jewish immigrants who journey to America in search of a new life, Rags The Musical hit London’s Park Theatre to play a strictly limited run that would be a shame to miss at the bottom of your laundry basket.

The West End transfer of Rags boasts a stupendous score from the same songwriters who brought you Annie and Wicked, Charles Strouse and Stephen Schwartz, while the Rags book comes from Joseph Stein, who is best known for writing the book for the iconic Fiddler On The Roof musical. Now after undergoing revisions by David Thompson (1996 Chicago revival) and with a warmly received UK premiere at the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester under its belt, Rags The Musical is set to blow London audiences away this winter!

Rags The Musical tickets are expected to be in high demand, so be sure to snag your Rags tickets early before they all get cleaned up.

What is Rags The Musical about? Rags musical plot

Joseph Stein’s Rags musical is a story about unconditional love and undying hope as a group of Russian immigrants struggle to achieve the American dream. Straight from Ellis Island, a youthful mother and her son look for a new place where they can feel like home as the 20th century calls on them to make a new and prosperous life for themselves. Although the grass isn’t always greener on the other side, the grey concrete jungle of Manhattan’s Lower East Side is glistening with the music of positivity, aspiration, an opportunity. 

Featuring the same vibrant, multicultural music that reverberated through the streets of New York in 1910, Rags The Musical is an unforgettable saga that takes us back to America’s haunting immigrant past as it explores the dark side of moving to a new world. Money, power, glory, love, strength, hope, loss, and disappointment all take centre stage to create a unique theatrical experience that is one for the ages.

Rags musical London creative team

The daring new version of the critically acclaimed American classic is directed by Bronagh Lagan (Promises, Promises; Little Women; Putting It Together), fresh from its premiere at Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre. It features an original book by Joseph Stein with a revised book by David Thompson (Chicago - “Razzle Dazzle”; And The World Goes ‘Round), along with lyrics by composer Stephen Schwartz (The Prince of Egypt; Pocahontas; Enchanted; The Hunchback of Notre Dame) and music by Charles Strouse (Bye Bye Birdie; Annie - “Hard Knock Life”). 

Rags musical song list

Rags The Musical features such toe-tapping numbers as “Again”, “Blame It on the Summer Night”, “Brand New World”, “Bread and Freedom”, “Children of the Wind”, “Dancing With the Fools”, “Easy for You”, “Entr'acte”, “For My Mary”, “Greenhorns”, “Hard To Be a Prince”, “I Remember”, “Kaddish”, “Nothing Will Hurt Us”, “Penny a Tune”, “Rags”, “The Sound of Love”, “Three Sunny Rooms”, “Uptown, “Wanting”, and “What's Wrong with That?”.

A Rags Broadway musical soundtrack was released in the early 1990s under the title Rags: The New American Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording), which is available on Spotify. So hardcore fans of the smash-hit Broadway musical can sing along with the Rags musical lyrics to their heart’s content.

More Rags musical information — a history

The original Broadway production premiered on 21 August 1986 at the Mark Hellinger Theatre on Broadway and was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical (Joseph Stein), Best Original Score (Strouse and Schwartz), Best Choreography (Ron Field), and Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical (Teresa Stratas). It was also nominated for four Drama Desk Awards and won one of them for Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Teresa Stratas).

The Rags musical original cast starred Dick Latessa as Avram Cohen, Judy Kuhn as Bella Cohen, Larry Kert as Nathan Hershkowitz, Lonny Price as Ben, Marcia Lewis as Rachel Halpern, Teresa Stratas as Rebecca Hershkowitz, and Terrence Mann as Saul, a trade union organiser.

The musical was a box office bomb and would have been considered a total flop had it not been recognised at the Tony Awards. It has since gained a cult following and is finally transferring to London after nearly 34 years.

Don’t miss one of the biggest London musicals of the year!

Tickets for Rags are guaranteed to get snatched up fast as it is one of the hottest Off-West End shows this winter. Rags musical reviews for the Manchester run have been nothing but positive, which is why we recommend getting your Rags Park Theatre tickets early to secure the best seats at London’s Park Theatre whilst stocks. The musical is only in London for a little over a month and would be criminal to miss! Book now or you may just live to regret it!

Additional Information

Age restriction

This production is recommended for ages 8+

Running time

2hr 20min (inc. interval)

Performance dates

9 January - 8 February 2020

Special notes

Please note latecomers may not be admitted.


There will be an Audio Described performance Thursday 23 January 19.30 preceded by a Touch Tour 18.00.

Venue Information

Park TheatrePark Theatre, Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, London, N4 3JP

Customer Reviews

28 reviews4.6

David30th January

Good voices and a very good production for a small theatre.

Kathryn Rosse30th January

Loved the theatre space. The production was fantastic - not a dull moment. The Set design with the stacked suit cases to double up as the New York skyline was brilliant . The set design worked perfectly with the production. Loved all of it.

Alan Fitter29th January

Couldn't see some the action from my seat A5 in the stalls as actors were badly placed on the stage

Bettina Bacall28th January

A wonderful, moving, beautifully directed and performed show

Lindsey26th January

Loved the experience, great venue, friendly staff, lovely food and a fab film. Easy to follow storyline loved the characters and what a performance they put on. Loved loved loved it x

Doreen Hatton26th January

Wonderful show brilliant cast.

Customer26th January

An amazing show from start to finish.

Paul Maisey25th January

Thoroughly enjoyable evening, excellent theatre and terrific show

Mrs Lesley Taylor24th January

The play was great!

Mr Martyn B Coates24th January

It was a show I had been wanting to see for a long time since it first failed on Broadway, and have had the CD (that we were lucky to get!) for many years. This is obviously a "revisal", and although I cannot compare it to the original "version" I loved it! Beautifully sung and performed, my only complaint would be that the people on the "sides" were not really considered in a theatre that is three quarters "in the round", but that's a directorial thing, and certainly no fault of the wonderful cast. I look forward to seeing more rare musicals here, having previously seen "Do I Hear A Waltz?" and "Rothschild & Sons", both of which I enjoyed immensely.

Brenda Kirkup24th January

A thoroughly enjoyable visit to the theatre to see Rags. Slick, professional, humorous, and also very current just a few things to say about it. A number of stand put performances - will definitely be keeping an eye out for future productions.

Mrs Copeland24th January

Really much better than I expected. The momentum built up so well as I wasn't sure how much I was enjoying it at the beginning but it just got better and better. Thoroughly enjoyed this.