Bring on the rain, A new musical celebrating the music of Prince will tour next year

02 Jun
Posted in: Theatre News
Author: Staff
Purple Rain will tour from February 2018...

It's been a rough couple of years for the music industry. We've lost some of our most iconic legends who left us far too soon. But consolation comes from many angles and the theatre scene has been rife with shows celebrating their achievements and keeping their music alive! The next exciting addition to the list of these shows is PURPLE RAIN, a spectacular new theatrical event celebrating the music of one of the world’s greatest pop artists, Prince...

Presented by West End producers, Adam Spiegel and Mark Goucher, with Claire-Bridget Kenwright, PURPLE RAIN will be directed by Gary Lloyd, director of hit production Thriller Live, PURPLE RAIN will feature stunning choreography and will be an exhilarating journey through Prince’s entire career.

It will tour the UK from February 2018.

Prince revolutionised the music world with his inimitable funk and soul driven style. He exploded the boundaries of music and created some of the most iconic songs of the 20th century including Raspberry Beret, Kiss, When Doves Cry, Little Red Corvette, 1999, Purple Rain, Alphabet Street, U
Got The Look and many more!

A 26-strong group of supremely talented musicians, singers and dancers will bring Prince’s music to life for an unforgettable evening that showcases his songwriting genius and pays homage to his imagination and showmanship. Purple Rain is a fitting, fresh and vibrant night of pure celebration.

Director Gary Lloyd said ‘Prince’s music and constant reinvention is legendary, so to get the opportunity to bring that and all his colourful characters to the theatrical stage is a dream. There is also a real appetite for live music shows that showcase the musicians as part of the performance.

Prince was all about this. Prince was a consummate, theatrical artist, but in our show his music is the star. There will be so much for audiences to enjoy whether they’re fans of musical theatre, Prince, or both. Purple Rain is a fast-paced, music lover’s night out that will tease, surprise and excite audiences in the same way he did.'

Multi award-winning director and choreographer Gary Lloyd has earned critical acclaim for his many and varied productions including Thriller Live, Carrie – The Musical, 20th Century Boy – The Story of Marc Bolan, The Genius of Ray Charles, Flashmob and many more.

The 2018 UK tour of PURPLE RAIN visits:

1 – 10 February 2018 Churchill Theatre, Bromley
12 – 17 February 2018 Manchester Opera House  
19 – 24 February 2018 Theatre Royal Plymouth
26 February – 3 March 2018 Everyman Theatre Cheltenham
27 – 31 March Birmingham Hippodrome
16 - 21 April 2018 Winter Gardens Blackpool
23 – 28 April 2018 Edinburgh Playhouse
7 – 12 May 2018 New Wimbledon Theatre
14 – 19 May 2018 Canolfan Mileniwm Cymru \ Wales Millennium Centre
21 – 26 May 2018 Grand Opera House, Belfast
11 – 16 June 2018 Hull New Theatre
16 – 21 July 2018 Regent Theatre Ipswich

Casting, including star guests, and further tour dates will be announced in due course.

Tags: Touring