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“A musical with heart, spirit and soul” The Guardian

“A glorious, immensely moving celebration of triumph over adversity” The Stage


Based on the Pulitzer prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and adapted for the stage by Pulitzer Prize and Tony award-winner Marsha Norman, The Color Purple tells the story of courageous heroine Celie, as she journeys through joy, despair, anguish and hope in her own personal awakening to discover her unique voice in the world.


Winner of Best Regional Production (whatsonstage awards), the critically acclaimed Made at Curve and Birmingham Hippodrome production is a moving and soul-raising family chronicle set in racially divided southern America in the 1900s. As the years go by, Celie becomes resigned to her unfortunate lot in life, but when newcomers Sofia and Shug start to shake things up, she begins to question her world; and understand that there must be more to life.


With a profoundly evocative score by Grammy award-winners Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray and drawing inspiration from jazz, ragtime, gospel and blues, this landmark musical celebrates life, love and the strength to stand up for who you are and what you believe in.

Running Time

Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes including an interval.

Age Advice:

Suitable for ages 14+. Please note that this production contains themes of rape, abuse and incest, with overt racism and sexism.


Contains strobe lighting. May contain smoke and haze effects.

Standard Pricing
Tue - Thu 7.30pm £19.50 to £39.50
Thu 2pm £19.50 to £39.50
Fri & Sat 7.30pm £24.50 to £44.50
Sat 2pm £24.50 to £44.50
Executive Membership £6.00 off top two prices at all performances or 20% off on Tue 25 Oct.
Schools/Young People's Group 10+ Tickets £19.50 on Tue - Thu performances, plus one free supervisor with every 10. Not available online - please email
Under 16's Tickets £19.50 on all performances.
Groups (10+) £5 off. Not available online - please call 02380 711811.
Groups (20+) £6 off plus one free ticket with every 20 purchased.
Not available online - please call 02380 711811.
Access Member Discount [What's This?] £5 off. Companion seats half price at all performances

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Accessible Performances

data-udi="umb://media/282e4d18e2554531a47ad351bf7cb580" Captioned Performance: Thursday 27 October at 2pm
Signed icon Signed Performance: Saturday 29 October at 2pm
Audio Described icon Audio Described Performance: Saturday 29 October at 2pm
data-udi="umb://media/93dc57d6a2034fe393e3826c138c7f7b Touch Tour: Saturday 29 October 2022 at 12.15pm (see Extras tab for more information)
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Touch Tour

Saturday 29 October 2022 | 12.15pm | Mayflower Theatre

We are pleased to announce there will be a 30 minute Touch Tour before the audio described performance of The Color Purple. Touch Tours offer a hands-on tour of the set, props, costumes, characters and the visual style of the show, especially for visitors with visual impairments.

Touch Tours are free to all access members and companions and can be booked by phoning our Box Office on 02380 711811.