Joburg Theatre and Bernard Jay are delighted to announce additional performances of the musical The Color Purple on The Mandela stage to celebrate Women’s Month this August.

“We have been thrilled by the extraordinary welcome given to our production of The Color Purple by the public and media alike,” enthuses Joburg City Theatres’ Chief Executive Officer, Xoliswa Nduneni-Ngema. “The citizens of Joburg have taken this wonderful show to their hearts and, most excitingly, the women in our audiences have joyously embraced its underlying themes of gender empowerment and equality.  So we will continue the celebration of The Color Purple for Women’s Month in South Africa and give many more theatregoers the opportunity to share this unique experience”.

The additional performances will be at Joburg Theatre from August 7th to 26th 2018.  These will include seven special students-only daytime performances for youngsters aged 13 and over to join together in discovering the treasures and lessons to be learned from this musical adaptation of Alice Walkers’ 1983 Pulitzer prize-winning novel.

“This all-South African production of The Color Purple has been a huge career highlight for me,” says executive producer Bernard Jay. “I have been overwhelmed by the love and acclaim that Janice Honeyman’s brilliant staging has received.  What better gift now than to know public demand for tickets has created additional performances at Joburg Theatre whilst we finalise negotiations for a worldwide tour of our production in 2019/20”.

The book for the musical The Color Purple is written by Marsha Norman with music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray. It is based upon the novel written by Alice Walker and the Warner Bros/Amblin Entertainment Motion Picture directed by Steven Spielberg.


The Color Purple the musical is presented by Joburg Theatre and Bernard Jay on the stage of The Nelson Mandela Theatre at Joburg Theatre.  The current season continues until Sunday March 4th, with an extra performance on March 4th at 6pm.  Tickets for the current season and the additional performances in August 2018 are now on sale: telephone 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.


The Color Purple in South Africa is presented in association with M-Net, 702, Bona Magazine and RADA.



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