RAGS the Musical

“’Sequel’ to Fiddler is a must-see musical”

“..an unforgettable, unique and vibrant treat..”

“..a show of great laugher and inevitable tears..”



“The joyful wit and melodic dialogue of Joseph Stein..”

“..light and dark marry beautifully with comedic and heart-warming moments shining through the emotional and poignant.”

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“Hope Mill Theatre breathes new life into this lesser known musical and makes it feel simultaneously modern and fresh, yet classic.”

“With the collaboration of Charles Strouse and Stephen Schwartz, the score is phenomenal”

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ FRANKLY MY DEAR


An Aria Entertainment and Hope Mill Theatre production

Directed by Bronagh Lagan
Book by Joseph Stein
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Revised Book by David Thompson 

By Arrangement with MTI Europe

Produced in association with Matthew Hopton of Knockhardy Productions.

Welcome to the new world!

RAGS The Musical tells the heart-warming and powerful tale of a group of Jewish immigrants as they arrive to start a new life in America.

Fresh from Ellis Island, a young mother and her son search for a new life and a sense of home as the 20th century beckons. The streets of Manhattan’s Lower East Side may not be paved with gold, but they echo with the music of opportunity, optimism and hope.

With a ravishing score by the songwriters of Wicked and Annie and the bookwriter of Fiddler On The Roof, this is a sweeping saga of America’s immigrant past. This is the UK premiere of this eagerly anticipated new version and is directed by Bronagh Lagan (Little Women, Putting it Together, Promises Promises).

RAGS The Musical is a story of love, loss and hope. Featuring a score celebrating the multicultural music which was filling the streets of New York in 1910. It is a saga of hope and disappointments, of power and greed, of strength and love, combined with memorable music.

Accompanied by ‘Children of the Wind’ an exhibition in the Hope Mill Theatre Foyer space, celebrating local Jewish artists on the themes: ‘relocation’, ‘identity’ and ‘Manchester’.


All bookers, please ensure you read our Terms and Conditions before booking. In particular users with accessibility requirements, please note our procedures so we can be of upmost assistance during your visit.

Please note: YELLOW ticket holders will be seated in both the Yellow Block (back three rows) and in the on-stage side seating.

Production Information


2nd of March - 5th of March


2nd of March - 6th of April


From £16

Show Dates

2nd of March - 6th of April

Running Time: 2.5 hours

Interval: 15 minutes

Age Limit: No

Any Warnings: No


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Don't miss out on such an amazing opportunity to see beautiful pieces of theatre.

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