On Sunday night (1 March 2020) we were thrilled to win the award for Best Regional Production for our co-production of The Color Purple with Curve Leicester at the What’s On Stage Awards.
The Color Purple was our first co-production and opened in July to a host of five star reviews including the Birmingham Mail, Coventry Telegraph and What’s On. Based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and Steven Spielberg’s 1985 Oscar-nominated film of the same name, The Color Purple follows heroine Celie as she discovers her own identity and power over the course of 40 years in 20th century southern America.
The cast was led by 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.
The cast was completed by Geoff Aymer, Owen Chaponda, Perola Congo, KM Drew Boateng, Danielle Kassaraté, Anelisa Lamola, Rosemary Annabella Nkrumah, Jochebel Ohene MacCarthy, Landi Oshinowo and Jo Servi.
The cast of the show also performed during the glittering ceremony at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London. The award was voted for by the public, so a huge Hippodrome thanks to all who took the time to vote for our very special production.