Last night (16 July) we hosted a very special evening to mark the Birmingham premiere of our first ever co-production, The Color Purple.

Concluded with a full standing ovation, the evening welcomed people from across the city to experience this extraordinary new production on our main stage.

Take a look at some of the rave reviews below and images from the opening night event above.

The Color Purple plays until Sat 20 July click here for more info and tickets.

“Powerful, sassy and uplifting” “ultimately an 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

“We’ve never heard the audience of Birmingham Hippodrome roar like they did tonight for the cast of The Color Purple. Tinuke Craig has created something as devastating as it is heart-fillingly uplifting”
I Choose Birmingham

“The Color Purple touches and moves. When Celie announces ‘I’m beautiful / And I’m here‘ the audience cannot help but erupt in applause.”
The House That Soul Built

“The mind-blowing musical talent of all those on stage is very clearly in evidence.” “The Color Purple is simply sublime: a story of female empowerment at its very finest.”
What’s On

“A profoundly evocative production that brings a tear to the eye & a lump to the throat”
Dress Circle Antics

“…possibly the best thing we’ve ever seen at a theatre… Heart-warming, sad, funny, uplifting, soulful it had it all”
Brum Pic

“an energetic, brilliantly performed and emotional production that fully engaged the audience”

“An incredible cast… in this powerful musical”
Andy Goulding, Free Radio

“GOOD GOD! The Color Purple was a MOMENT tonight…the most beautiful show.”
Elise Evans, MBHM Podcast

“…it’s got so much southern soul you can’t help but become all-consumed in every song” “Curve and Birmingham Hippodrome have succeeded in making something incredibly special with this piece of theatre, which speaks to so many people on so many different levels”
Black Country Radio

“This is a beautifully vibrant production dealing with some incredibly serious issues, but it tackles them with hope, strength and empowerment.” “As Birmingham Hippodrome’s first co-production this is a statement of debut in British producing theatre, Diverse, international, informed and full of passion”
Brum Hour

“This is a gloriously sung production that has a very modern message”
The Reviews Hub

“…a powerful production…”
Behind the Arras

“As the final curtain comes down, many of us are in tears. And then on our feet.”
Ruth Millington

“The entire ensemble dazzle with astonishing voices that fill the vast Hippodrome auditorium…The Color Purple is a triumph which earned a well-deserved standing ovation.”

Love Midlands Theatre

“well-written dialogue and perfectly formed songs”
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