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T'Shan Williams to play Celie in The Color Purple at Curve Leicester and Birmingham Hippodrome

The production opens in June

T'Shan Williams
© Dan Wooller for WhatsOnStage

Heathers star T'Shan Williams will play Celie in the upcoming production of The Color Purple, which opens at Curve Leicester in June and Birmingham Hippodrome in July.

The casting update follows controversy earlier this year when producers were forced to re-cast the role after controversial comments made by original incumbent Seyi Omooba came to light.

Williams stage credits include Heather Duke in Heathers The Musical, Caroline, or Change and The Life.

She joins the previously announced cast including Joanna Francis as Shug Avery, Ako Mitchell as Mister, Simon-Anthony Rhoden as Mister's son Harpo, Karen Mavundukure as his wife Sophia, Danielle Fiamanya as Celie's sister Nettie and Delroy Brown as Pa.

The cast is completed by Geoff Aymer, Owen Chaponda, Perola Congo, KM Drew Boateng, Danielle Kassaraté, Anelisa Lamola, Rosemary Annabella Nkrumah, Jochebel Ohene MacCarthy, Landi Oshinowo and Jo Servi.

The Color Purple has music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray and book by Marsha Norman.

This new UK production is the first to be created outside of London, and has direction by Tinuke Craig, set and costume design by Alex Lowde, musical supervision by Alex Parker, orchestrations by Martin Higgins, choreography by Mark Smith, lighting design by Joshua Pharo, sound design by Tom Marshall, hair and make-up design by Cynthia De La Rosa and casting by Kay Magson.

The production runs from 28 June to 13 July at Curve Leicester, before transferring to Birmingham Hippodrome where it runs from 16 to 20 July.