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Thursday, June 8, 2017 5:47am ET by  

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Prince's estate claim planned musical is a 'blatant attempt to deceive fans'

Prince's estate have criticised a plan to put on a musical in the West End called 'Purple Rain,' which is based on the late singer's musical catalogue.

It was announced last week that the British production will be brought to the stage by the producer of the Michael Jackson musical, Thriller Live.

However, Prince's estate are currently investigating their legal options. Troy Carter, their entertainment adviser, said:

"Neither Prince's family or the estate have given permission to use his name, likeness, or music catalogue for this event. This is a blatant attempt to deceive fans into thinking they're seeing a Purple Rain musical on the West End, when it's only a cover band playing Prince songs.

'We're currently weighing our legal options and look forward to bringing the real Purple Rain to the stage in the near future.'

The tour is due to commence next year in Bromley's Churchill Theatre on February 1, with other venues including the Manchester Opera House, the Edinburgh Playhouse and Belfast's Grand Opera House.

Meanwhile, the late icon would have celebrated his 59th birthday yesterday (June 7).

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