NVAP Musical Matinee: Caroline, or Change

Join us for a screening from the National Video Archive of Performance

+44 (0)20 7942 2000
  • V&A South Kensington

    Cromwell Road
    London, SW7 2RL

  • Hochhauser Auditorium, Learning Centre for the Arts

  • Free event

NVAP Musical Matinee: Caroline, or Change photo

Caroline, or Change is a poignant and powerful musical set in Louisiana during the Civil Rights Movement. With a rich score blending blues, gospel, and traditional Jewish melodies, the show tells the story of a struggling African American maid and the challenges she faces while working for a Jewish family, grappling with issues of race, class, and societal change. Music is by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by Tony Kushner. This production was directed by Michael Longhurst at the Playhouse Theatre and recorded live by the V&A in January 2019.

This screening will be 2 hours and 30 minutes, including a 15-minute interval. Please note, NVAP's are subject to last minute changes.

Established in 1992, through an agreement with the Federation of Entertainment Unions, NVAP was the first project of its kind in the UK. The archive now holds over 450 high-quality archival multi-camera recordings of live performance in Britain and continues to record and preserve productions for the national collection. The archive, launched with Richard Eyre’s production of Richard III starring Ian McKellen (National Theatre, 1992), features a vast range of stage performances with work by notable playwrights, directors, set designers, lighting designers and actors. It is an invaluable research tool to view and learn about significant British productions and captures and preserves moments of ephemeral performance history that otherwise would be lost. When V&A East opens in 2024 all the recordings will be available for the public to view in a brand-new facility.

Header image: NVAP still from Caroline or Change, 2019 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London