T’Shan Williams to play Celie in The Color Purple Tour

T’Shan Williams is to play Celie in The Color Purple tour presented by Curve Leicester and Birmingham Hippodrome in June 2019.

The Color Purple Tour
Danielle Fiamanya (Nettie), T’Shan Wiliams (Celie) and Joanna Francis (Shug Avery) in The Color Purple. Photo: Pamela Raith

The regional UK premiere of The Color Purple will play at Curve, Leicester from 28th June – 13th July, followed by 16th – 20th July at Birmingham Hippodrome.

T’Shan Williams joins the cast as heroine Celie. T’Shan’s previous credits include Heather Duke in Heathers The Musical (Theatre Royal, Haymarket & The Other Palace); Caroline, or Change (Hampstead Theatre) and Queen in The Life (Southwark Playhouse) for which she won the Off-West End award for Best Female in a Musical.

She joins the previously announced cast including 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 is 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.

Directed by Tinuke Craig, The Color Purple is filled with a soul-raising musical score of jazz, ragtime, gospel and blues. The landmark musical, from Alice Walker’s Pulitzer prize-winning novel, 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.

The Color Purple has set and costume designs by Alex Lowde, Musical supervision and direction by Alex Parker, orchestrations by Martin Higgins, choreography by Mark Smith, lighting design by Joshua Pharo, sound design by Tom Marshall, hair and make-up by Cynthia De La Rosa, and casting by Kay Magson CDG.

The Color Purple is a musical with music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Braya and a book by Marsha Norman. Based on the 1982 novel of the same name by Alice Walker and its 1985 film adaptation

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