Centre Stage and the Bishopsgate Institute’s production of Ragtime has recently been nominated for the 2016 BroadwayWorld UK / West End Awards!
The production has been nominated for the following awards:
Best Fringe Show
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Based on the 1975 novel by E. L. Doctorow, Ragtime presents the colliding lives of three groups in the early 20th Century. We follow White suburbanites, Eastern-European Jewish immigrants and Harlem-resident African-Americans, set against the backdrop of pivotal moments in American history, most notably the emergence of ragtime music.
For six performances only, Bishopsgate Institute and Centre Stage London present a concert staging of this rarely-performed masterpiece. Featuring the full, original orchestration performed by twenty-one outstanding musicians, and our on-stage cast supported by an off-stage choir, this is a fully-realised, performer-focused reimagining of a Broadway classic. We follow the residents of Harlem, New Rochelle and the Lower East Side through early-twentieth-century America: the dawn of automation, the height of the Harlem Renaissance, the birth of the media celebrity, and the explosion of the American Dream.
Performance Dates: 14th - 19th June 2016, The Bishopsgate Institute
We are presenting this concert staging in traverse in the stunning Great Hall at Bishopsgate Institute, a Victorian building with a history of debate, study and performance and that is only a few years older than the period in which Ragtime is set. The Institute’s archives contain stories and materials of direct relevance to Ragtime, and the Institute intends to make this concert of Ragtime a cornerstone of its Summer 2016 programme.
Directed by Toby Hine and devised by the company
Musical Direction: Benjamin Ferguson
Additional Direction: Daniel Penfold and Lemington Ridley
Movement and Choreography: Lemington Ridley
Design: Daniel Penfold
Costume: Lemington Ridley
Lighting Design: Markus Baxter
Sound Design: Adrian Jeakins
Producer: Francesca Canty
Technical Production Manager: Giles Burden
Stage Manager: Giles Burden
Basil Zafiropoulos - Stanford White, Welfare Official
Chris Hughes-Copping - Boy
Daisy Simpson - Admiral Peary, Conductor
Daniel Haswell - Henson, Policeman, Charles S. Whitman
Gabi Benton-Stace – Harry Houdini
Lauren Pears - Kathleen, Baron's Assistant
Lesley Birch - Doctor, Mrs. Whitstein
Lora Jones - Houdini's Mother, Policeman
Marsha Blake - Girl
Masimba Ushe - Booker T Washington
Michael Onabanjo-Whittaker - Coalhouse Walker Jr.
Michael Smith - Father
Philip Doyle - Tateh
Sara Rajeswaran - Sarah
Sean Westwood - Willie Conklin, Jury Foreman
Siobhan Aarons - Evelyn Nesbit
Stephanie Da Silva Jardim - Brigit, Coalhouse’s Follower
Stephen Hewitt - JP Morgan, Henry Ford
Tal Hewitt - Emma Goldman
Tasha Msanide - Harry K Thaw, Policeman, Sarah’s Friend
Trudi Camilleri - Mother
Will Howells - Younger Brother
Additional roles played variously by members of the company.
Joining the static ensemble
Emma J Leaver
Fiorella Nitrato Izzo
by Daniel Penfold