The news follows on from the theatre’s successful streamed production of Sunset Boulevard at Home.

The cast of the 2019 production (c) Manuel Harlan.

The Curve Theatre in Leicester has confirmed today that it will be streaming a production of the award winning The Color Purple for a limited time from the 16th February.

With live performances still not being able to happen, the theatre will bring the company of the 2019 production together safely to stream the production for audiences at home. The 2019 production will be adapted into a reimagined concert version, complying with the current restrictions.

Based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Color Purple will be directed again by Tinuke Craig, with the team also including: Musical Director Alex Parker, Designer Alex Lowde, Choreographer Mark Smith, Sound Designer Tom Marshall and Casting Director Kay Magson CDG.The production will be lit by Curve Associate Ben Cracknell.

Meanwhile, the cast for the production will be led by T’Shan Williams as Celie, with Danielle Fiamanya as Nettie, Karen Mavundukure as Sofia, Ako Mitchell as Mister and Simon Anthony Rhoden as Harpo. Also returning to Curve is Carly Mercedes Dyer, who played Anita in the acclaimed Made at Curve production of West Side Story. Carly will join the cast as Shug Avery. The company will be completed by Geoff Aymer, KM Drew Boateng, Owen Chaponda, Perola Congo, Danielle Kassarate, Anelisa Lamola, Rosemary Annabella Nkrumah, Jochebel Ohene MacCarthy, Landi Oshinowo and Jo Servi.

Talking about the news, Curve’s Chief Executive Chris Stafford and Artistic Director Nikolai Foster said: “After the phenomenal response to Sunset Boulevard, we are thrilled to present a special streamed version of The Color Purple for audiences across the UK and Ireland to enjoy at home. Reuniting our incredible 2019 company, Tinuke Craig’s production filled with hope and resilience, is sure to lift the spirits of all of us in these challenging times.

Connecting with our communities has never felt more important and alongside this production, there will be a series of talks, educational events and interactive projects. We are also proud to make free tickets available to thank our astonishing NHS workers and their families.

Theatre is all about collaboration and we have a wonderful group of partners who have made all this possible, in particular Theatrical Rights Worldwide and our associate producers Birmingham Hippodrome. The unwavering support of our sponsors PPL PRS and De Montfort University has been invaluable during this period. The combined efforts of these remarkable organisations have helped make all of this possible.We also extend sincere thanks to Arts Council England, Leicester City Council and the Culture Recovery Fund for continuing to support Curve during this time.”

All current ticket holders for in-person performances of The Color Purple – in Concert will be contacted in due course by Curve’s Box Office team, and will be eligible for either a full refund or an exchange for an ‘at home’ ticket.

The Color Purple – at home will be streamed from the 16th February until the 7th March. For more information and to book tickets visit: https://www.curveonline.co.uk/whats-on/shows/the-color-purple-at-home/