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Curve Leicester to reopen with The Color Purple and Sunset Boulevard concerts

curve leicester Ellie Kurttz

Curve Leicester has announced re-opening plans with a trio of socially distanced productions.

The theatre, which has been closed since March, will resume performances in November with a new reconfigured auditorium.

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The new in the round set up will welcome up to 533 audience members centred around a triple-revolve, donated by Sir Cameron Mackintosh.

The season will include:

The Color Purple In Concert - 23 November to 5 December
The 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.

Sunset Boulevard In Concert - 14 December to 3 January
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.

Memoirs of an Asian Football Casual - 25 January to 6 February
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.

Tickets for all shows in Curve’s upcoming season will be on sale to Friends from Thu 15 Oct, Supporters from Fri 16 Oct , Members from Mon 19 Oct and on-general sale from Wed 21 Oct, all at 12 noon.

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Both concert performances of The Color Purple and Sunset Boulevard at Curve will be staged thanks to the support of music licensing company PPL PRS Ltd. Full casting for all three productions will be revealed in due course, with The Color Purple and Memoirs of an Asian Football Casual casting by Curve Associate Kay Magson CDG, and Sunset Boulevard casting by David Grindrod CDG.

Meanwhile, the season will officially launch on 12 November with an exclusive event which will be live-streamed from the theatre.

Curve’s reopening plans are only possible due to grant funding received from the government’s Culture Recovery Fund and the ongoing support of Arts Council England and Leicester City Council.

Additionally, Curve has also reaffirmed its commitment to developing new work. A group of local creatives and theatre makers across a variety of disciplines will take up residency at Curve in the new year. The full cohort of Curve Resident Creatives will be announced in the coming months.

And as the building reopens for performances, Curve will also welcome back its Curve Youth and Community Companies and local Curve Associate Artists and Groups who have continued to engage in classes with the theatre online whilst the building has been closed.

Photo credit: Ellie Kurttz

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