A new theatrical production celebrating the music of the late singer will be embarking on a UK tour in 2018 it has been confirmed.
Directed by Gary Lloyd (Thriller Live), this new production will explore the legacy of Prince through his music, visiting venues across the UK from February 2018.
Prince revolutionised the music world with his inimitable funk and soul driven style. He exploded the boundaries of music and created some of the most iconic songs of the 20th century including Raspberry Beret, Kiss, When Doves Cry, Little Red Corvette, 1999, Purple Rain, Alphabet Street, U Got The Look and many more!
This new show is presented by West End producers Adam Spiegel and Mark Goucher, with Claire-Bridget Kenwright and will feature a group of 26 singers, dancers and musicians to bring the music of Prince to life.
Talking about the news director Gary Lloyd said: “Prince’s music and constant reinvention is legendary, so to get the opportunity to bring that and all his colourful characters to the theatrical stage is a dream. There is also a real appetite for live music shows that showcase the musicians as part of the performance. Prince was all about this. Prince was a consummate, theatrical artist, but in our show his music is the star. There will be so much for audiences to enjoy whether they’re fans of musical theatre, Prince, or both. Purple Rain is a fast-paced, music lover’s night out that will tease, surprise and excite audiences in the same way he did.”
Casting and further dates have yet to be confirmed. The dates that have so far been announced are as follows:
1st-10th February – Churchill Theatre Bromley
12th-17th February – Manchester Opera House
19th-24th February – Theatre Royal Plymouth
26th February-3rd March – Everyman Theatre Cheltenham
27th-31st March – Birmingham Hippodrome
16th-21st April – Winter Gardens Blackpool
23rd-28th April – Edinburgh Playhouse
7th-12th May – New Wimbledon Theatre
14th-19th May – Wales Millennium Centre
21st-26th May – Grand Opera House Belfast
11th-16th June – Hull New Theatre
16th-21st July – Regent Theatre Ipswich
For more information about the tour visit: http://purplerainonstage.com/