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The Color Purple is the inspiring musical, based on the Pulitzer prize-winning novel by Alice Walker, the classic hit movie and the Tony® Award-winning production on Broadway.

This unforgettable story told over the course of 40 years follows tormented heroine Celie, as she journeys through joy, despair, anguish and hope in her own personal awakening to discover her unique voice in the world.

With a profoundly evocative score drawing inspiration from jazz, ragtime, gospel and blues, this landmark musical is directed by Tinuke Craig, winner of the 2014 Genesis Future Directors Award. Tinuke’s recent acclaimed productions include Random/Generations, the double bill of plays by debbie tucker green.

The cast includes T’Shan Williams as Celie, Joanna Francis as Shug Avery, Ako Mitchell as Mister, Simon-Anthony Rhoden as Mister’s son Harpo, Karen Mavundukure as his wife Sophia, Danielle Fiamanya as Celie’s sister Nettie and Delroy Brown as Pa.

This moving family chronicle set in racially divided southern America, celebrates life, love and the strength to stand up for who you are and what you believe in.


THE COLOR PURPLE was produced on Broadway at the Broadway Theater by Oprah Winfrey, Scott Sanders, Roy Furman and Quincy Jones. The world premiere of THE COLOR PURPLE was produced by the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, Georgia.
THE COLOR PURPLE is presented through special arrangement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide, 1180 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 640, New York, NY 10036,


Prices and discounts subject to change, a 6% transaction charge applies for this production see terms and conditions, postage from £1.50.

Age guidance

14+. This show contains themes of Rape, Abuse, Incest, Overt Racism and Sexism

Boxes for this production are currently on sale. Please contact Ticket Sales on 0844 338 5000 for further details. Calls cost from 4.5p per min plus your providers access charge.



Discounts & Concessions


We offer a range of discounts and concessions to enable everyone to enjoy an affordable visit to Birmingham Hippodrome. For further queries on the information below please contact Ticket Sales on 0844 338 5000.


£5 off standard price tickets in all seating areas.
2 for 1 for disabled patrons who require the service/support of a companion.

CLICK HERE for more information on our Access Performances


24 hours prior to a performance, best available seats for the lowest price, maximum 2 per booker, subject to availability

CLICK HERE for further information on our Standby Rate and our On the Day Postcode Scheme for Birmingham residents living in B6, B9, B10, B11 and B21


Discounts and Concessions are offered subject to availability at the discretion of the Information and Sales Manager. Top three price bands only, unless otherwise stated. Restrictions may apply. Only one discount per ticket may apply, unless otherwise stated. Offers are non retrospective and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Valid ID must be presented where applicable. Additional discounts may be offered from time to time.

Food & Drink

Seasonal menus

Browse through a programme and enjoy attentive service and superb, seasonal food a few steps from your seats in our AA Rosette awarded restaurant.

The Coffee Bar

Our Coffee Bar is open before the show and during the interval for hot and cold drinks, snacks or a quick and tasty bite to eat.

The Bars

You’ll receive a warm welcome at our Foyer Bars, conveniently positioned for both Stalls and Circle levels.

The Proscenium Lounge

Add some VIP sparkle to your Hippodrome experience with a Diamond or Champagne package in our luxurious lounge.

Accessible Performances

We strive to provide access for all

For dates of audio-described, captioned or British Sign Language (BSL) interpreted performances, please see below. These vary from show to show. It is always best to book through our Access phone line 0121 689 1060 when booking assisted performances.

  • Captioned: Thu 18 Jul, 7.30pm
  • BSL Interpreted: Wed 17 Jul, 7.30pm
  • Touch Tour: Sat 20 Jul, 1pm. Touch Tours give visually impaired patrons the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the set, props and costumes. Tours must be booked in advance through Ticket Sales.
  • Audio Described: Sat 20 Jul, 2.30pm

Concessions for patrons with disabilities

£5 off standard price tickets in all seating areas.
2 for 1 for disabled patrons who require the service/support of a companion.
Limited availability.

CLICK HERE for more information on our Accessible Performances

Pre and post-show talks

FREE Post-show talk on Wed 17 Jul

Stay in your seats to hear from Fiona Allan, Artistic Director & Chief Executive of Birmingham Hippodrome, Tinuke Craig, director of The Color Purple, and members of the Company.

FREE Pre-show talk at 6.30pm on Thu 18 Jul

The History of Black Performance at Birmingham Hippodrome

This event is free but ticketed – click here to book your tickets

Taking inspiration from The Colour Purple’s unforgettable story in celebration of standing up for who you are and what you believe in, Hippodrome trustee and theatre historian Professor David Roberts will open the talk by introducing you to a selection of the many black performers who have stood on Hippodrome’s stage since 1900.

Bringing the history of black performance right up to the present day, panellists Marlene McKenzie, Dr. Martin Glynn and Tonia Daley-Campbell will reflect on their experiences as black performers and theatre makers in the 21st century.

"Powerful, sassy and uplifting...ultimately empowering experience"

Birmingham Mail

“…powerful, empowering and packed with emotion…The Color Purple is the kind of show that leaves you speechless for a little while.”

Coventry Telegraph

“The Color Purple is simply sublime: a story of female empowerment at its very finest.”

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