Go inside the rehearsal room for ”The Color Purple”

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Delve into the rehearsal room for The Color Purple!

The first English and Welsh tour of the seminal musical, based on the Alice Walker novel, 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. Jimand Allotey will makes her professional stage debut in the production as Squeak.

The cast also includes Kyle Birch, Kayla Carter, Joshua Clemetson, Esme Laudat, DeeArna McLean, Monifa James, Alex Okoampa, Neil Patterson and Kellah-M Spring.

After opening in Birmingham on 13 September 2022, the production will visit Theatre Royal Plymouth (27 September to 1 October), Royal and Derngate Northampton (4 to 8 October), The Lowry in Salford (11 to 15 October), Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff (18 to 22 October),  Mayflower Theatre Southampton (25 to 29 October), finishing its run at Norwich Theatre Royal (1 to 5 November). Tickets for tour stops are available below.

The show is directed by Tinuke Craig once more, with Lakesha Arie-Angelo as revival director.

Returning to the show are musical supervisor Alex Parker, orchestrator Martin Higgins, choreographer Mark Smith, set and costume designer Alex Lowde, video designer Joshua Pharo, sound designer Tom Marshall, wigs, hair and make-up designer Cynthia De La Rosa and casting director Kay Magson.

Joining the creative team are Ian Oakley as musical director, Ricardo Pardo as associate designer, Gail Parmel and Iona Waite as associate choreographers, Kev McCurdy as fight director, Hazel Holder as voice coach, Gerrard Martin as intimacy director, Naomi Thompson as costume supervisor, Nicole Iroh as wigs, hair and make-up supervisor and Nigel Bailey as wellbeing practitioner.

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