News: live theatre returns to Leicester

Curve has today announced plans to reopen to the public. The theatre, which was forced suddenly to close its doors to the public on 16 March, will open again this autumn for spectacularly re-imagined, socially distanced concert performances of acclaimed Made at Curve productions, using the building’s unique theatre design.

The Color Purple in Concert 23rd November – 5th December, with T’Shan Williams and Danielle Fiamanya, who won The Stage Debut Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for her role as ‘Nettie’.
Sunset Boulevard in Concert – 14th December – 3rd January,
Ria Jones and Danny Mac will return to star.
Memoirs Of An Asian Football Casual 25th January – 6th February.

By raising the walls between its theatre spaces, Curve will reopen as a 533-seat socially-distanced auditorium, with audiences enjoying live performances from all four sides of the stage, fully realising the ambition of architect Rafael Viñoly’s original design. A triple-revolve, donated by Sir Cameron Mackintosh, will help to transform the space to create an epic experience for audience members.

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From 23 Nov to 3 DecThe Color Purple will return to Curve in a concert staged by original production team members Director Tinuke Craig, Musical Director Alex Parker and Choreographer Mark Smith. Cast members T’Shan Williams (Celie) and Danielle Fiamanya (Nettie), will return for the performances The 2019 Made at Curve and Birmingham Hippodrome co-production won the WhatsOnStage Award for Best Regional Production earlier this year.

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Christmas will see the return of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical masterpiece Sunset Boulevard from 14 Dec to 3 Jan, which was also awarded the title of Best Regional Production at the 2018 WhatsOnStage Awards. The concert performances will be directed by Nikolai Foster, with Ria Jones and Danny Mac (winner of the Manchester Theatre Award for Best Actor in a Visiting Production) reprising their roles as Norma Desmond and Joe Gillis. The performances will also feature a 16-piece orchestra.

Kicking off the new year from 25 Jan to 6 Feb 2021, Curve will revive its 2018 production of Memoirs Of An Asian Football Casual, winner of the Asian Media Award for Best Stage Production. Director Nikolai Foster will bring a stadium feel to the Leicester drama based on the life of former football hooligan Riaz Khan.

Main photo: Ellie Kurttz

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