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Stephen Schwartz's musical RAGS comes to Park Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING its critically acclaimed season at the Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester earlier this year, Stephen Schwartz’s RAGS The Musical is transferring to London’s Park Theatre.

Produced by Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment and Joseph Houston and William Whelton for Hope Mill Theatre, it runs for a limited season from January 9 to February 8, 2020.

RAGS The Musical is a heart-warming and powerful musical with book by Joseph Stein (Fiddler on the Roof), revised book by David Thompson, lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked) and music by Charles Strouse (Annie).

It tells the story of Russian immigrant Rebecca, who, with her son David, travels to America in search of a better life. Rebecca must decide what matters more to her – staying true to her roots or adopting a new cultural identity in an attempt to ‘fit in’.

RAGS The Musical is directed by Bronagh Lagan (Little Women, Broken Wings), with musical direction by Joe Bunker, orchestrations by Nick Barstow, choreography by Philip Michael Thomas, set and costume design by Gregor Donnelly, lighting design by Derek Anderson, sound design by James Nicholson and casting by Jane Deitch.

Casting has not yet been announced.

Hope Aria Productions have also announce An Evening with Stephen Schwartz. The world-renowned composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Children of Eden, Pippin, Godspell, Rags and The Prince of Egypt) will visit Park Theatre to present a showcase of his most memorable numbers and take part in a panel discussion and audience Q&A about his life and work on Sunday, January 12 at 7.30pm. Tickets, on sale on October 17, cost £60. All proceeds from the evening will go towards funds needed to stage this ambitious work for its limited run at Park Theatre.

Tickets (for RAGS): From £18.50 (Previews £18.50). To book, call the box office on 020 7870 6876 or visit

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Thursday and Saturday at 3pm.

Running Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Audio Described Performance: Thursday, January 23 at 7.30pm. Touch Tour at 6pm.