Last week we hosted a special event for local communities featuring a special appearance from the cast of The Color Purple and the production’s director, Tinnuke Craig.

After receiving a welcome cocktail in our beautifully designed Mason’s Gin Garden, guests were treated to some delicious canapes created by our talented head chef, Melissa Menns. Guests then heard from our own Chief Executive and Artistic Director, Fiona Allan about the Hippodrome’s ambitions and desire to expand our audiences and appeal to the communities of Birmingham.

Tinuke Craig, Director of The Color Purple spoke to the room about the importance of having different stories from all walks of life represented on the country’s biggest stages and why it is important to welcome audiences that are reflective of these stories.

The Color Purple is filled with a soul-raising musical score of jazz, ragtime, gospel and blues. The landmark musical, adapted from Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, the classic hit film and Tony Award-winning production on Broadway, follows heroine Celie as she discovers her own identity and power over the course of 40 years in 19th century southern America.

This moving story will resonate with many people but particularly looks at the history of African-Americans, as well as wider narratives around female empowerment and the freedom to love who you choose.

The Color Purple comes to Birmingham Hippodrome from 16 – 20 July 2019click here for more information and to book tickets.