Tue 11 October - Sat 15 October

The Color Purple

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Based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer prize-winning novel and adapted for the stage by Pulitzer Prize and Tony award-winner Marsha Norman, Allee Willis, Brenda Russell and Stephen Bray, The Color Purple tells the powerful and life-affirming story of courageous heroine Celie. Abused and oppressed throughout her youth, Celie embarks on a journey through joy, despair, anguish and hope, discovering her own unique voice thanks to the incredible women in her life. From an unbreakable bond with her sister Nettie, to friendship with fiercely independent Sofia and a life-changing affair with glamorous singer Shug Avery, Celie learns to love herself.

With a profoundly evocative score by Grammy award-winners Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray and drawing inspiration from jazz, ragtime, gospel and blues, this landmark musical celebrates life, love and the strength to stand up for who you are and what you believe in.

For the matinee performance on [Wednesday/Thursday date] and the matinee performance on Saturday date, Karen Mavundukure will perform the role of Celie and Kayla Carter will perform the role of Doris.


Praise for the 2019 production of The Color Purple:

The Guardian
★ ★ ★ ★
“A musical with heart, spirit and soul”

The Stage
★ ★ ★ ★
“A glorious, immensely moving celebration of triumph over adversity”

The Reviews Hub
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
“A must-see”

Birmingham Mail
★ ★ ★ ★
“Powerful, sassy and uplifting”

East Midlands Theatre
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
“Simply beyond beautiful”