Curve & Birmingham Hippodrome announce new co-production of ‘The Color Purple’

Curve, Leicester and Birmingham Hippodrome have announced a major new co-production of the Tony Award-winning Broadway sensation, The Color Purple, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker.

The Color Purple will run at Curve from 28 June to 13 July 2019, and Birmingham Hippodrome from 16 to 20 July 2019, directed by Tinuke Craig, winner of the 2014 Genesis Future Directors Award.

Fiona Allan, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of the Birmingham Hippodrome said: 

“This is the very first time that Birmingham Hippodrome has actively co-produced a main stage musical, and we could not have better partners than Chris Stafford and Nikolai Foster at Curve theatre, and director Tinuke Craig.

The Color Purple is an epic and timeless story that will appeal to audiences young and old, as evidenced by the recent Tony Award winning Broadway production. It is long overdue for a UK tour, and I’m proud that the Hippodrome play our part in bringing it to life here in Birmingham.”

 This unforgettable story told over the course of 40 years follows courageous heroine Celie, as she journeys through joy, despair, anguish and hope in her own personal awakening to discover her unique voice in the world.  

With a profoundly evocative score drawing inspiration from jazz, ragtime, gospel and blues, this moving family chronicle set in racially divided southern America, celebrates life, love and the strength to stand up for who you are and what you believe in.

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