Anita Louise Combe, performing the role of Mother brilliantly sings “Back To Before” from Ragtime, coming to The Charing Cross Theatre from 8th October-10th December.

This new exciting production of Ragtime is brought to us by the same team that produced Titanic:  Director Thom Southerland, (the new Artistic Director at The Charing Cross Theatre) and Producer Danielle Tarento, as well as Steven M Levy, Sean Sweeney and Vaughan Williams.

Earl Carpenter and Anita Louise Combe are to star in a new actor-musician production of Ragtime at the Charing Cross Theatre.


Set design is by Tom Rogers and Toots Butcher, with lighting by Howard Hudson, sound by Andrew Johnson, costumes by Jonathan Lipman and choreography by Ewan Jones.

Based on the novel by EL Doctorow, Ragtime has music and lyrics by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens and a book by Terrence McNally.

The Ragtime story:

It is the turn of the 20th Century in New York. An era is exploding. A century is spinning. And the people are moving in rhythm and rhyme to the music of Ragtime. Based on the novel by E.L Doctorow, Ragtime weaves together the story of three groups in America, represented by Coalhouse Walker Jr, a Harlem musician; Mother and her white, middle class family in New Rochelle; and Tateh, a Jewish immigrant who has come to America with his daughter seeking a new life. Their fictional lives become dramatically intertwined with one another as well as with historical figures including Harry Houdini, Booker T. Washington, JP Morgan and Henry Ford.
Ragtime led the 1998 Tony Awards with 12 nominations, winning 4 including Best Book by Terrence McNally and Best Original Score by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.