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Celebrating its fifth birthday this year, Curve is one of Britain’s leading producing theatres and is a spectacular arena for world class theatre, alongside local community arts and education.

Recent theatrical successes include extended runs of Piaf and The King and I, premiering Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s musical Finding Neverland and opening the national tours of the National Theatre’s award-winning One Man, Two Guvnors and Matthew Bourne’s Play Without Words.

Curve regularly receives national recognition for its shows and service and was recently awarded Visit England Access for All Gold Status and named as Leicester and Leicestershire’s Large Visitor Attraction of the Year.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £1,903,000
  • 2013-2014: £1,946,769
  • 2014-2015: £1,997,385

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The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time - Public Reviews

Here's what people thought of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time now on tour. Book your tickets here

Mark Thomas: Cuckooed Reviews Trailer

Multi award-winning comedian Mark Thomas brings his brilliantly crafted and heartfelt show Cuckooed to Curve this Feb! Book your Tickets here:

Stick Man - Live on Stage at Curve

Coming to Curve from Mon 18 - Thu 21 May Touching, funny and utterly original, this delightful and hugely popular children’s book Stick Man features a trio of top actors and is packed full of puppetry, songs, live music and funky moves. Stick Man lives in the family tree, With his Stick Lady Love, and their stick children three...' But the world is a dangerous place for Stick Man: A dog wants to play with him. A swan builds a nest with him. He even ends up on a fire! Will he ever get back to the family tree?

My First Ballet: Swan Lake Trailer

Swan Lake is the latest of the classics to be recreated for young children in the My First Ballet series, this unique collaboration comes to Curve from Fri 22 May- Sat 23 May. The performances are specially created to make classical ballet accessible and enjoyable to children from the age of three upwards. Book your tickets here:

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Peter Pan Goes Wrong Trailer

Mischief Theatre brings their new production of Peter Pan Goes Wrong from 26 - 30 May! Book your tickets here

The Sound of Music - In Rehearsals

This Christmas, Leicester will come alive with The Sound of Music as Paul Kerryson directs a brand new production of the much-loved Rodgers and Hammerstein classic. Originally a hit Broadway and West End musical, then followed by the beloved 1965 movie version, The Sound of Music remains one of the most popular musicals of all time. Set against the idyllic landscape of the Austrian Alps, this heart-warming tale based on a true story follows spirited young nun Maria and her relationship with the Von Trapp family. With a timeless score including Do-Re-Mi, My Favorite Things and Climb Ev’ry Mountain, this global phenomenon continues to enchant audiences across the world. Following last year’s five star Christmas production of Chicago, Paul Kerryson will reunite the exceptionally talented creative team, with Choreographer Drew McOnie and Musical Director Ben Atkinson returning to bring you this magical, musical treat for the whole family. We look forward to welcoming back Laura Pitt-Pulford who will play the role of Maria and Michael French who takes the role of Captain Von Trapp. We also have Lucy Schaufer who will be returning to Curve to play the role of Mother Abbess. Presented through special arrangement with R&H Theatricals Europe. Audio Selections from The Sound of Music: Original Broadway Cast Recording (Sony Masterworks Broadway). Used by Permission BOOK NOW:

Matthew Bourne's Car Man - Trailer

Showing at Curve on Tue 16 Jun — Sat 20 Jun Don't miss this internationally acclaimed dance thriller, by Matthew Bourne. Another spectacular production from the UK’s most popular dance theatre company, The Car Man follows the phenomenal success of Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and Nutcracker! Book your tickets here:

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time - Trailer

Showing at Curve Tue 9 Jun — Sat 13 Jun Winner of seven 2013 Olivier Awards, this highly acclaimed National Theatre production, embarks on its first ever nationwide tour. Book your tickets here:

Calamity Jane The Show Trailer

Directed by Nikolai Foster. A new production of the classic musical Calamity Jane starring Jodie Prenger (Oliver!, Spamalot and One Man Two Guvnors). Featuring a cast of multi-talented actor/musicians and an Oscar nominated score that includes 'The Black Hills of Dakota', 'The Deadwood Stage (Whip-Crack-Away)', 'Just Blew in from the Windy City' and the Award winning song 'Secret Love'. Book your tickets here:

Abigail's Party - In The Round

Go behind the scenes with the cast and creative team to find out about staging and performing Abigail's Party in the round.

The Tiger who came to Tea Trailer

Following a record-breaking West End season, the tea-guzzling tiger returns to Curve with this delightful, family show. Book your tickets here:

Curve Young Arts Entrepreneurs

Curve Young Arts Entrepreneurs (YAE) is a training programme that enables young people from Leicester and Leicestershire aged 16 – 25 to develop their performing arts based ideas and projects into sustainable business and employment which has an impact on their local communities. Funded by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, and The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, the programme has been developed over 3 years from 2011 – 2014.

Shakespeare's Othello - Setting the Scene

Director Scott Graham and Designer Laura Hopkins discuss the world of Othello.

Behind the Scenes of Shakespeare's Othello - Warm Up

Watch the cast of Othello warm up for their upcoming show at Curve. Book your tickets here:

Behind the scenes with the cast of Abigail's Party

It’s 1977 and Beverly is throwing a little party for her neighbours: newlyweds Tony and Angela, and divorcee Sue. Down the road, Sue’s teenage daughter Abigail is throwing a party of her own, but could it be the grown-ups’ night which really spirals out of control? With little help from long-suffering husband Laurence, Beverly desperately attempts to hold the evening together, but as her guise as the perfect hostess starts to slip and tempers begin to flare, the evening descends into chaos with hilarious and tragic consequences. Curve’s first show to be staged in the round, this new production of Mike Leigh’s comedy will bring audiences intimately close to the action live on stage. BOOK NOW:

Curve Autumn 2014 Highlights

Here's a quick reminder of the exciting season we have ahead of us, there really is something for everyone this season! To book and for further information on all shows please visit our website or call the Ticket Office on 0116 242 3595.

To Kill A Mockingbird

The stage adaptation of Harper Lee's iconic novel To Kill a Mockingbird opens at Curve on Mon 13 Oct. Watch the sneak preview trailer now. A story as moving and magical as you could ever hope to find. For more info or to book your tickets click here:

The Events Trailer

***** "Probably the finest, most important thing Greig has written" says The Daily Telegraph This daring new play asks how far forgiveness will stretch in the face of atrocity. Featuring a different local choir at each performance and a soaring soundtrack, The Events tells of tragedy, obsession and our destructive desire to fathom the unfathomable. Book your tickets here:

Annie: Verity Rushworth & the cast of Emmerdale - 'Tomorrow'

Verity Rushworth, star of last year's christmas musical Chicago, joined forces with some of her fellow cast members from Emmerdale to send a little 'good luck' message to our community cast of Annie!

Annie: In Rehearsals

Don't miss our fourth annual Community Production, the Tony Award-winning musical Annie from 26 Jul - 10 Aug 2014. BOOK NOW: This classic rags-to-riches tale follows plucky orphan-girl Annie as she leaves behind her friends and attempts to escape the Hard Knock Life, finding shelter with reluctant billionaire Mr Warbucks. The relationship of the unlikely pair soon begins to grow, but how long can Annie evade the evil clutches of the delightfully wicked Miss Hannigan? Directed by Paul Kerryson and set against the backdrop of the American Great Depression, this uplifting tale features the well-known classics Tomorrow, Little Girls and Easy Street. Join Annie and her faithful companion, dog Sandy, on their heart-warming adventure to find the family they are longing for.

Shakespeare's Othello Trailer

Take a look at the trailer for Frantic Assembly's production of Othello showing at Curve from 28 Oct - 1 Nov. Click here for more info on how to book:

Rent Rehearsal Trailer

RENT - Thu 31 Jul, Fri 1, Mon 4 & Thu 7 Aug Are you ready for our smash-hit rock musical? Here's a sneak peek of the cast of Rent in rehearsals. From joyous festivity to heart-breaking separations, this inspirational story is one not to be missed, challenging friendships, addiction, poverty and most importantly... love. Book your tickets here:

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 and 3/4 - Press Launch

On 7 July, we officially announced the world premiere of Sue Townsend's The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ - The Musical opening at Curve from 7 Mar - 4 Apr 2015. Here's the live stream of our exciting press launch. Tickets are on sale from Thu 10 July Join Leicester's favourite teenager, Adrian Mole, in our brand new musical that sees him hilariously commentate on everything that happens around him. Set in 1980s Leicester, Sue Townsend's The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾, follows the daily dramas and misadventures of Adrian's adolescent life. With dysfunctional parents, ungrateful elders, a growing debt to school bully Barry Kent and an unruly pimple on his chin, life is hard for a misunderstood intellectual who is only 13 ¾... To top it off, when new girl Pandora joins the class and captures his heart, his best friend Nigel steals hers. Can Adrian win her love and escape from his chaotic family life? "Honestly. My family just don't understand me. Perhaps when I am famous and my diary is discovered people will understand the torment of being a 13 ¾ year old intellectual" -- Adrian Mole With an infectious score and a script which stays true to the original novel, this world premiere production will bring Adrian's story to life once more.

In Honk! Rehearsals with Curve Young Company

From 27 Jun - 5 Jul, Curve Young Company (CYC) will be presenting Stiles and Drewe's Olivier Award winning musical, Honk! During rehearsals, our CYC Communications team had a sneak peek behind the scenes and produced this trailer. Based on Hans Christian Andersen's The Ugly Duckling, Honk! tells the story of an odd looking baby duck, and his quest to find his mother after being seduced away by a wily cat who wants to eat him for dinner. Along his way, he encounters a beautiful swan tangled in a fishing line and the two birds fall in love. However, the course of true love is never simple... Brimming with memorable songs, this heart-warming musical is one not to be missed this summer. Find out more about the show Edited by Samantha O Rourke (CYC Comms team)

Wendy Houstoun's 50 Acts trailer

Watch Wendy Houstoun combine film and writing with her playful physicality in this intimate show, 50 Acts. Book your tickets here:

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