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The Color Purple to hit London stage

EUROPEAN PREMIERE: Whoopi Goldberg (pictured) starred as the lead protagonist Celie in the film adaptation of The Color Purple

A STAGE adaptation of Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Color Purple, will begin its run at London's Menier Chocolate Factory on July 5.

The stirring family chronicle, which starred Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey in the 1985 film adaptation, follows main protagonist Celie as she journeys from childhood through joy and despair, anguish and hope to discover the power of love and life.

In the European premiere of the landmark musical, directed and designed by Tony Award winner John Doyle and adapted for the stage by Pulitzer Prize and Tony award winner Marsha Norman, Cynthia Erivo (Sister Act: The Musical – UK tour) will take on the role of Celie and Abiona Omonua (Legally Blonde – Savoy, Hairspray – UK tour) the role of her sister Nettie.

In 2008, the Oprah Winfrey-produced version of the hit musical starring American Idol winner Fantasia, ended it's successful Broadway run after the singer, who proved to be into the unexpected critical and commercial hit, took her final bow.

Although sketchy at present, there are talks of a possible film version of the musical. If it happens, it would be the fourth incarnation of Celie's tale. The story was first published by Alice Walker in 1982, and was then adapted into a film by Steven Spielberg in 1985, which garnered eight Academy Award nominations. The $11 million musical in New York opened in 2005.

With The Color Purple, Walker became the first African American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction and the National Book Award.

The European adaption of The Color Purple is being produced by special arrangement with Scott Sanders and Roy Furman.

Tickets are priced between £29.50 and £37.50. For more information, visit: www.menierchocolatefactory.com or call 020 7378 1713

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