Prince musical Purple Rain to tour UK in 2018

A new musical based on the songs of Prince will begin a UK tour next year.

Purple Rain is described as a live celebration of the music of the star, who died in April last year, and will be a journey through his career.

The new show will feature a 26-strong group of musicians, singers and dancers who will bring the star's music, including Raspberry Beret, Kiss and Purple Rain, to life on stage.

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It will be directed by Gary Lloyd, the man behind Michael Jackson stage show Thriller - Live, who hopes fans will enjoy the theatrical tribute to their hero.

He 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.

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"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."

The musical will begin its UK tour in Bromley on February 1 2018 before travelling to Manchester, Plymouth, Cheltenham, Birmingham, Blackpool, Edinburgh, Wimbledon, Cardiff, Belfast, Hull and Ipswich.