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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.
Performance datesMonday to Saturday 7.30pm, Wednesday 2.30pm, Saturday 3pm
Now extended to 10 December! Please note: this production contains 10 seconds of strobe lighting in the second act.
chris Salter9th December
Ragtime is a brilliant show. Production sharp and engaging; plenty of songs and good storylines to enthrall and entertain. Many talented singers who gave soulful performances. Highly enjoyable. Charing Cross Theatre a great venue too. Wonderful evening.
Mrs Jones7th December
It was a most inspirational show. The singing was excellent and so cleverly done with so many of the cast playing instruments at the same time. Simple set was used effectively. Sound and lighting were fantastic. Couldn't fault it
Ted Kirkman7th December
Great Show with some fabulous performances (acting, singing and musicians). Really enjoyed the show and would highly recommend it.
A strong emotional experience with mighty musical performances, we loved the show, and were it not about to close, would return to see it again! The Charing Cross Theatre is very comfortable for the performance. A small theatre with excellent sound quality, and visuals. Our only slight disappointment was the small bar behind the theatre's reception area - the only place to get a drink before the performance. It was off putting - dingy and cramped and unwelcoming!!
Robert Nessling4th December
I thought the book and music far stronger than I expected. The cast were talented,good looking and the ensemble singing and orchestra playing brilliant
Blandine Guillot1st December
A very alive, engaging, and touching production. We could always have more ragtime music! The spirit of both the performers and the audience was endearing and most memorable.
Tycho D Castberg27th November
Great performance, great cast, enjoyed it emencly and happy that I got the chance to see the show.
Irvine Vohs24th November
Very well acted but I found the show very heavy and it was not what I expected
Mrs linda campbell20th November
Great show. Disappointed in how much additional charges on ticket face value buying through London theatre direct worked out at 8 pound per ticket
Janice Summers20th November
A really great show ,great acting and singing.all round winner.
Peter Thompson10th November
It is a lively production with some excellent signing and the ragtime numbers work better than the doleful ones. The sound levels were not so good and it made it hard to hear the lyrics but this will no doubt receive attention. My party had some difficulty unravelling the story which introduced lots of characters eg Houdini, Emma Goldman, latvian immigrants, Miss Nesbitt (Crime of the Century) etc who had no signicant contribution to make to the main story and just fizzled out. Fine in a novel but less good as a piece of theatre.
Michael Ludenbach6th November
Superb 'production' with many highlights and showcasing a variety of talents. Would love to see this again. Most definitely recommend it to others.....