On the 4th of February 2018, The Color Purple officially opened to overwhelming critical and public acclaim.

Audiences were empowered, inspired and moved by this story of young Celie, who overcomes and eventually rises above her many adversities, through the help and support of three other women in her life.

Due to popular demand The Color Purple returns to the Joburg Theatre from the 7th of August 2018 and runs until the 2nd of September 2018.

To secure your tickets now before it’s sold-out again, you can call 0861 670 670, go online at or book in person at the Joburg Theatre box office.  Theatre patrons can also book online and pay at selected Pick N Pay stores.

Here is what the media had to say:

“I was completely blown away by how the audience reacted.  Not just because the performances are breath-taking (which they are), but also because the subject matter hits so close to home.  There wasn’t a dry eye in the house at the end and you just got that sense that everyone in the audience was living in the story in that moment.  Theatre was working its magic….As a musical, the show is spectacular.  As a message, it’s absolutely crucial.”
Barry Morisse, Daily Maverick

“A triumphant production…The Color Purple has had Joburg audiences on their feet…Only the music of America’s deep south filled with jazz, ragtime and blues, could do justice to a storyline such as this and the score by Stephen Bray, Brenda Russell and Allee Willis summons the sorrows of Celie’s life with rich blues numbers and soaring gospel…A rollercoaster ride of emotions that ends on an uplifting high, this is one of Joburg’s most memorable theatre productions in years”

“If Bernard Jay had any doubts about his ambitious plan to stage The Color Purple in South Africa with an all-South African cast for a South African audience, they would have been wiped away by the rapturous response to the opening performance at Joburg Theatre on Sunday. From the opening scene the retelling of this classic story of the 1930s rural south in America had the audience under their spell”
Valerie Boje, The Pretoria News

“It is not often one gets to witness on stage something so remarkable and poignant that it leaves you feeling numb and speechless, yet at the same time empowered and overjoyed…this hugely ambitious offering has an almost spiritual voice. I laughed, I cried but most importantly I felt a wonderful togetherness with my fellow theatre goers who collectively experienced and witnessed something quite remarkable on stage”
David Simmons, Stage and Screen

“Incredibly natural and authentic…multi-layered entertainment value…An inspired production”
Bruce Dennill, pARTicipate

“There couldn’t have been a better time for the show to make its premiere in the country…The Color Purple is an absolute pleasure to experience”
Masego Panyane, The Star Tonight

“The Color Purple is Bold, Black and Beautiful…As a musical, it is the perfect storm for right now…hence the magical reaction and participation of the audience. There was no doubt about their appreciation of what they were encountering on stage…it’s musical heaven”
Diane de Beer,

“This vibrant musical had the capacity audience cheering for more…Brilliantly directed by Janice Honeyman…soaring songs that stir the soul…elevates the audience to an emotional high”
Peter Feldman,

“Quite simply, awesome…an emotional powerhouse…the audience erupted”
Jennifer de Klerk,

“The audience loved it, the standing ovation testament to the fact that they were thoroughly entertained…a major triumph…a magnificent cast…not to be missed…if there is any way you can go and see it, do so immediately”
Hendrik Baird,

“This was a life-changing and sweeping experience that will go down as one of the best and most thought-provoking of the past few years…brilliant and touching production…This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience…You will never forget it”
Leon van Nierop,

“Goosebumps abound…It’s a magnificent piece of work…it sings with one cohesive voice”
Lesley Stones, Dailey Maverick


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THE COLOR PURPLE temp poster Aug

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