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The Color Purple

The Award-Winning The Color Purple Comes to Norwich

01 Nov - 05 Nov

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The Color Purple

01 Nov - 05 Nov 2022


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Based on the Pulitzer prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and adapted for the stage by Pulitzer Prize and Tony award-winner Marsha Norman, The Color Purple tells the story of 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.

Winner of Best Regional Production (whatsonstage awards), the critically acclaimed Made at Curve and Birmingham Hippodrome production is a moving and soul-raising family chronicle set in racially divided southern America in the 1900s. As the years go by, abused and oppressed Celie becomes resigned to her unfortunate lot in life, but when her friendship with fiercely independent Sofia and love affair with glamourous singer Shug start to shake things up, she begins to question her world; and understand that there must be more to life.

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. 

Leading the company as the downtrodden but full-hearted heroine Celie is Me’sha Bryan, whose previous roles have included Romantics Anonymous (Bristol Old Vic), Caroline, or Change (The Playhouse Theatre) and The Lion King (UK tour). The role of glamorous singer Shug Avery will be played by Bree Smith (The Wiz, Hope Mill Theatre), Aaliyah Zhané (The Comedy of Errors, Mercury Theatre) joins as Celie’s sister Nettie, Harpo will be played by Ahmed Hamad (The Addams Family, UK Tour and The Boy in the Dress, RSC) and Squeak will be portrayed by Jimand Allotey, who makes her professional stage debut in the production.

The tour sees several cast members from Curve and Birmingham Hippodrome’s original award-winning production return, including Ako Mitchell as Mister, Anelisa Lamola as Sofia, KM Drew Boateng as Pa, Rosemary Annabella Nkrumah as Darlene and Karen Mavundukure as Doris and Alternate Celie.

The cast also includes Kyle Birch, Kayla Carter, Joshua Clemetson, Esme Laudat, DeeArna McLean, Monifa James, Nathaniel Morrison, Alex Okoampa and Neil Patterson.


Important information

Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes (including an interval)

Age recommendation: 14+

Please note that this production contains themes of rape, abuse and incest, with overt racism and sexism.

Friends £2 OFF Bands A-D (all perfs)

U18s & Students £5 OFF Band A-C (Eves Excluding Sat)

Schools £10 Tickets (Weekday Matinee)

Groups Mon – Thu (Groups of 20 or more 10% off)

Groups of 40 or more 20% off, Groups of 80 or more25% off)

Access performances

Audio Described: Thu 3rd Nov

Signed: Fri 4th Nov

Captioned: Sat 5th Nov


Why not visit our restaurant…

Make your theatre trip extra special and dine in Prelude, a fresh and contemporary space inspired by the building’s art deco heritage.

With the hassle taken out, relax and enjoy our seasonal set price menu in Prelude. Your table is reserved for the whole evening, so you can enjoy your dessert and drinks in the show interval. Plus, Theatre Royal Friends can enjoy a 10% discount!




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

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

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