An unforgettable story of enduring love and triumph over adversity, The Color Purple is a landmark musical from the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Alice Walker.
This stirring family chronicle follows the inspirational Celie, as she journeys from childhood through joy and despair, anguish and hope to discover the power of love and life. With a fresh, joyous score of jazz, ragtime, gospel and blues, this European premiere is directed by John Doyle (Road Show at the Menier Chocolate Factory), adapted for the stage by Pulitzer Prize and Tony award winner Marsha Norman, with music and lyrics by Grammy award winners Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray.
The cast will include Cynthia Erivo as Celie (Sister Act: The Musical – UK tour, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg - Gielgud), Nicola Hughes as Shug (Porgy & Bess – Savoy – Olivier nomination for Best Actress in a Musical), Adebayo Bolaji as Harpo (Ghost – Piccadilly) and Abiona Omonua as Nettie (Legally Blonde – Savoy, Hairspray – UK tour). Full casting to follow shortly.
Alice Walker is an internationally celebrated author, poet and activist whose books include seven novels, four collections of short stories, four children’s books, and volumes of essays and poetry. With The Color Purple, Walker became the first African American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction and the National Book Award.
Alice Walker, credit Ana Elena
Walker’s work has been translated into more than two dozen languages, and her books have sold more than fifteen million copies. Walker’s awards and fellowships include a Guggenheim Fellowship and an induction in the California Hall of Fame.
In 2010 she presented the key note address at The 11th Annual Steve Biko Lecture at the University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa, and was awarded the Lennon/Ono Peace Grant in Reykjavik, Iceland. (Walker donated this latter award to an orphanage for the children of AIDS victims in East Africa.)
Info: The Color Purple will be on from 5 July - 14 September at The Menier Chocolate Factory, 53 Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU | www.menierchocolatefactory.com