The Color Purple

Based upon the novel written by ALICE WALKER and the Warner Bros./Amblin Entertainment motion picture

Book by MARSHA NORMAN

Music and Lyrics by BRENDA RUSSELL, ALLEE WILLIS and STEPHEN BRAY

An award-winning coming-of-age musical, which weaves an intricate mosaic of women joined by their love for each other, the men who abuse them, and the children they nuture

20-30 NOVEMBER 2024

The Color Purple documents the traumas and gradual triumph of Celie, an African American teenager raised in rural isolation in Georgia. Celie narrates her life through painfully honest letters to God.

Based on the 1983 Pulitzer-prize-winning novel by Alice Walker, the musical was first performed on Broadway in 2005 and was nominated for 11 Tony Awards in 2006. The enthusiastically acclaimed Broadway revival, starring Cynthia Erivo, Jennifer Hudson and Danielle Brooks opened in late 2015 and ran through early 2017, winning two 2016 Tony Awards,including Best Revival of a Musical.

In 2024 the musical was made into a movie for the big screen where it has swept up many awards nominations including Danielle Brooks as Sofia for the Academy Award for Actress in a supporting role.

The story weaves an intricate mosaic of women joined by their love for each other, the men who abuse them, and the children they care for.

Exact audition dates are still to be confirmed, but you can register your interest in auditioning or in backstage roles via this form.

We will be hosting free pre-audition workshops for The Color Purple on 18 May (North London) and 25 May (South London), more details on how to sign up for the workshops will be announced soon.

The Color Purple plays at the Bridewell Theatre from 20-30 November 2024.

Based upon the novel written by Alice Walker and the Warner Bros./Amblin Entertainment motion picture. 
Book by Marsha Norman.
Music and Lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray.

The Color Purple was produced on Broadway at the Broadway Theater by Oprah Winfrey, Scott Sanders, Roy Furman, and Quincy Jones. The world premiere of The Color Purple was produced by the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, Georgia.

The Color Purple is presented through special arrangement with and all authorised performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW), www.theatricalrights.co.uk

DIRECTOR | Tasha Msanide
MUSICAL DIRECTOR | Chris Forte Nelson
CHOREOGRAPHER | Vanessa Forte Nelson
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR | Landé Belo
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR | Bridgette Amofah
COSTUME DESIGNER | Lemington Ridley
PRODUCER | Tess Robinson
LIGHTING DESIGN | Ruth Luckins
SOUND DESIGN | Adam Coppard

Bridewell Theatre

  • Wednesday 20 November 2024 7.30pm
  • Thursday 21 November 2024 7.30pm
  • Friday 22 November 2024 7.30pm
  • Saturday 23 November 2024 2.30pm
  • Saturday 23 November 2024 7.30pm
  • Tuesday 26 November 2024 7.30pm
  • Wednesday 27 November 2024 7.30pm
  • Thursday 28 November 2024 7.30pm
  • Friday 29 November 2024 7.30pm
  • Saturday 30 November 2024 2.30pm
  • Saturday 30 November 2024 7.30pm