Curve Leicester’s production of The Color Purple will be streamed online from next month following the cancellation of live performances due to the pandemic.
The Curve, along with co-producers Birmingham Hippodrome, will make the show available to watch online from 16 February to 7 March.
This follows a successful streamed run of the Curve’s other production, Sunset Boulevard – at Home, after planned in-person performances of the musical also had to be cancelled.
The Color Purple, based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name, will be directed by Tinuke Craig. Also on board are Musical Director Alex Parker, Choreographer Mark Smith, and Sound Designer Tom Marshall.
Curve’s Chief Executive Chris Stafford and Artistic Director Nikolai Foster said, “reuniting our incredible 2019 company, Tinuke Craig’s production filled with hope and resilience, is sure to life the spirits of all of us in these challenging times.”
T-Shan Williams will portray Celie, along with a cast which includes Daniella Fiamanya (Nettie), Karen Mavundukure (Sofia), Ako Mitchell (Mister) and Simon Anthony Rhoden (Harpo).
Tickets are available now for £20 per household and the stream can only be accessed across the UK and Ireland. A number of performances will also include captioned and audio descriptions. The Curve and Birmingham Hippodrome are offering 2,000 free tickets to NHS workers, which will be distributed through local NHS providers.
Ticket holders for the now cancelled in-person performances will be contacted by Curve’s Box Office team and can either request a full refund or an exchange for an ‘at home’ ticket.
Words by Fiona Lee.
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