Ragtime and all that jazz ready for Charing Cross Theatre

Ako Mitchell in Ragtime.  Image Annabel Vere.
Ako Mitchell in Ragtime. Image Annabel Vere.

The foot-tapping, hip-swinging era of Ragtime will be filling London’s Charing Cross Theatre with jazz in a thrilling new production which opens on October 8.

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.

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.

The production stars the cream of West End musical theatre stars – Simon Anthony, Bernadette Bangura, Anthony Cable, Earl Carpenter, Anita Louise Combe, Valerie Cutko, Matt Devereaux, Christopher Dickins, Nolan Frederick, Tom Giles, Joanna Hickman, Lemuel Knights, James Mack, Ako Mitchell, Seyi Omooba, Kate Robson-Stuart, Jennifer Saayeng, Jonathan Stewart, Gary Tushaw and child actors Alana Hinge, Samuel Peterson, Ethan Quinn, Riya Vyas.

Ragtime will run for a 9-week season from Saturday 8 October – Saturday 10 December.

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