“Household rules and small decrees unsuspecting bring us these secret little tragedies”
Well Daniel Evans looks set to be continuing one of Chichester Festival Theatre’s longstanding traditions, of producing musical theatre that tempts the cognoscenti over to West Sussex in droves and which leads calls for West End transfers as soon as the curtain falls (if they had curtains in Chichester that is…). His first musical for the venue is a promising one too, an adventurous choice in Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori’s Caroline or Change, and an entirely successful one under Michael Longhurst’s direction and a genuinely superb cast.
Longhurst emphasises the vast array of influences that makes up Tesori’s all-encompassing score – the hints of Motown, the klezmer sound of the clarinet, the deeply-felt spiritual underpinning the African-American experience – and it sounds like a dream. It looks good too in Fly Davis’ period-detailed set under Jack Knowles’ keenly observed lighting, and the quality of the ensemble is evident from top to bottom – Lauren Ward, Jennifer Saayeng, Ako Mitchell, Beverley Klein…I could name them all. A stirring revival of a soaring show.
Running time: 2 hours 40 minutes (with interval)
Photo: Marc Brenner
Booking until 3rd June