John Doyle Directs U.K. ‘Color Purple’

Musical will have its European debut at London's Menier Chocolate Factory

LONDON — The tuner version of Alice Walker’s “The Color Purple” will receive its European preem at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory this summer in a new production helmed by John Doyle.

Produced by special arrangement with American commercial backers Scott Sanders and Roy Furman, the musical features a book by Marsha Norman with music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray. Originally produced by the Alliance Theater in Atlanta in 2004 and helmed by Gary Griffin, the show transferred to Broadway in 2005 for a run of more than two years.

No casting has yet been announced for the Menier engagement, which runs July 5-Sept. 14 with a July 15 opening. It will be the first London work from Brit helmer Doyle (“Sweeney Todd,” the current Off Broadway production of “Passion”) since his 2011 production of the revised version of Sondheim’s “Road Show” at the same address.

The Menier Chocolate Factory is currently presenting a SRO-revival of Sondheim’s “Merrily We Roll Along.” That tuner transfers to the West End’s Harold Pinter Theater for a strictly limited 12-week season from April 23.

Prior to “The Color Purple,” the Menier hosts the first London revival of David Auburn’s Pulitzer and Tony-winning drama “Proof,” helmed by Polly Findlay. One further production on its spring slate currently remains under wraps.

More Legit

  • Allelujah! review

    London Theater Review: 'Allelujah!' by Alan Bennett

    LONDON — The tuner version of Alice Walker’s “The Color Purple” will receive its European preem at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory this summer in a new production helmed by John Doyle. Produced by special arrangement with American commercial backers Scott Sanders and Roy Furman, the musical features a book by Marsha Norman with music and lyrics […]

  • A Monster Calls review

    London Theater Review: 'A Monster Calls'

    LONDON — The tuner version of Alice Walker’s “The Color Purple” will receive its European preem at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory this summer in a new production helmed by John Doyle. Produced by special arrangement with American commercial backers Scott Sanders and Roy Furman, the musical features a book by Marsha Norman with music and lyrics […]

  • Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

    'Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants' Stage Musical in the Works

    LONDON — The tuner version of Alice Walker’s “The Color Purple” will receive its European preem at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory this summer in a new production helmed by John Doyle. Produced by special arrangement with American commercial backers Scott Sanders and Roy Furman, the musical features a book by Marsha Norman with music and lyrics […]

  • Joe Morton

    Joe Morton, Daphne Rubin-Vega Among Rebel Verses Guest Performers (EXCLUSIVE)

    LONDON — The tuner version of Alice Walker’s “The Color Purple” will receive its European preem at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory this summer in a new production helmed by John Doyle. Produced by special arrangement with American commercial backers Scott Sanders and Roy Furman, the musical features a book by Marsha Norman with music and lyrics […]

  • The Lehman Trilogy review

    London Theater Review: 'The Lehman Trilogy,' Directed by Sam Mendes

    LONDON — The tuner version of Alice Walker’s “The Color Purple” will receive its European preem at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory this summer in a new production helmed by John Doyle. Produced by special arrangement with American commercial backers Scott Sanders and Roy Furman, the musical features a book by Marsha Norman with music and lyrics […]

  • elizabeth perkins First Time in Variety

    Elizabeth Perkins on Her Early Film, Stage Roles

    LONDON — The tuner version of Alice Walker’s “The Color Purple” will receive its European preem at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory this summer in a new production helmed by John Doyle. Produced by special arrangement with American commercial backers Scott Sanders and Roy Furman, the musical features a book by Marsha Norman with music and lyrics […]

  • 'Mary Page Marlowe' Review: Tatiana Maslany

    Off Broadway Review: 'Mary Page Marlowe'

    LONDON — The tuner version of Alice Walker’s “The Color Purple” will receive its European preem at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory this summer in a new production helmed by John Doyle. Produced by special arrangement with American commercial backers Scott Sanders and Roy Furman, the musical features a book by Marsha Norman with music and lyrics […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content