RAGTIME

Referred to by the press as "Ragtime Reimagined", our production used projected silhouettes and other innovative staging in a Victorian pub in south London, where the audience and actors could together experience the claustrophobia of early 20th century New York City. 

 

PRESS

BroadwayWorld "a South London pub provides the canvas for a musical portrait of New York's teeming metropolis of 100 years ago...and through brilliantly clever use of silhouettes, the Big Apple at its biggest is fully realised in our mind's eye"

Music Theatre International "critics and audiences alike are raving about the production and this new, intimate experience"

Time Out "Confidently directed, orchestrated and performed, this production moves with the syncopated energy of ragtime and the urgent beat of a real heart.

AWARDS

2012 Offie Awards / Winner / Best Ensemble
2012 Offie Awards / Winner / Best Lighting Design
2012 Offie Awards / Winner / Best Costume Design
2012 Offie Awards / Nominee / Best Musical
2012 Offie Awards / Nominee / Best Director
2012 WOS Award / Nominee / Best Musical Revival
2012 BwayWorld Awards / Nominee / Best Musical
Time Out / Best of 2011

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A magnificently imaginative version of Ragtime here that my husband still ranks as one of the most thrillingly designed shows he’s ever seen.
— Mark Shenton, The Stage
This is a formidable production which showcases what can be achieved on the London fringe.
— WhatsOnStage
It is the best and biggest value show in London. Don’t miss it!
— CurtainUp
The result is a resounding success on many levels and despite any restrictions in scale, budget or cast this remains an epic production.
— The Stage
A tremendous achievement that brims with infectious fervour.
— Exeunt Magazine
This show is as good to look at as it is to hear.
— British Theatre Guide
Full of heart too is a production that conducts a masterclass in how to stage Fringe musicals and says that, contrary to the American way, bigger it not always better.
— The Reviews Hub
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Ragtime intertwines the stories of three extraordinary families, as they confront history's timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and what it means to live in America.

When Ragtime was originally staged, it was the biggest musical ever produced; it even had a real car and real fireworks. It's a beautiful show, but we wanted to strip away the large production and bring it closer to the audience.

Ragtime was nominated for many awards in the 2011 London theatre season. Years later, it is still mentioned in the London press to highlight the value of bringing large-scale musicals to smaller, more unique spaces. 

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The exciting thing about a piece of theatre this well produced (is it) gives audience members a taste of what New Yorkers get when visiting an off-Broadway venue.
— A Younger Theatre
The material makes for a rousing production and the intimacy of the setting makes the rawness of the show even more apparent.
— Spoonfed
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The production works because, as in the real New York and the real London, everyone is forced together- audience and cast. We see the fear in Tateh’s eyes as he fears losing his teenage daughter to illness or predatory men; we feel Coalhouse’s desolation; and we feel Sarah’s love for the baby she had abandoned in such trauma. The production uses no microphones and no special effects and is all the stronger for it. Through the power of theatre, we really are transported 3000 miles in distance and 100 years in time, as a small stage turns into a sprawling city.
— BroadwayWorld