This is a sponsored article on behalf of Bishopsgate Institute.
See Ragtime: The Musical at Bishopsgate Institute in June, and you'll be witnessing more than just a show.
This exciting production is the perfect reflection of — and inspired by — the Institute's own special collections and archives.
Set at the dawn of the 20th century, Ragtime deals with themes often explored at Bishopsgate Institute: immigration and integration, societal change, workers' rights, industrialisation, as well as the birth of 'celebrity' and the days leading up to the outbreak of war in 1914.
The performers, from Centre Stage London, are getting stuck into Ragtime's historical context through research in the Institute's collection. Combining this top amateur dramatic society with a professional creative team has created a top quality theatrical production, the likes of which has never been performed before.
Alongside the show, there are special courses focusing on Ragtime in London and the famous anarchist Emma Goldman. A fictionalised version of Goldman plays a pivotal role in Ragtime, while her real-life pamphlets form part of the Institute's collection.
The Institute itself dates from the Ragtime period; in this show, the setting becomes like a character in the story.
Bishopsgate Institute and Centre Stage London’s production of Ragtime uses the show's original orchestration with 21 outstanding musicians on stage.
In addition, the on-stage cast of 22 is supported by an off-stage choir, resulting in a belting reimagining of a Broadway classic.