Leicester Curve Theatre has a lot to live up to. It had a massive success with its streaming version of Sunset Boulevard, an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical based on a rather grim 1950s film noir. Which probably makes its new streaming show one of the most anticipated productions of the month.

On the face of it, it’s chosen an even grimmer subject; a concert version of The Color Purple, Alice Walker’s 1980s novel about a young girl in the American South. If you’ve read it, you’ll know that the book takes in adult themes like incest and rape, so it seems odd to think of it being adapted into a musical.

But The Curve has form with The Color Purple. When the theatre first staged it in 2019, it won several regional awards. At the time. The Guardian gave it a four star review, calling it “an exuberant celebration of community and female empowerment”, adding that it had a standing ovation from its first-night audience. See the full review here.

If you want to judge for yourself, the production runs from today, 16 February, to 7 March. Tickets £20 per household. Bear in mind, though that the adult themes present in the book are still there, if somewhat glossed over.


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