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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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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:

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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:

Help us find Honk!

During a recent Curve Young Company Honk! rehearsal our cheeky leading duckling went AWOL... Please help us find him! Keep your eyes peeled on @CurveLeicester twitter and Curve Young Company facebook page and let us know where our missing duckling is! We need him back safe and sound before the show opens on 27 June 2014. Find out more about the show: Follow us Video created by the Curve Young Communications team.


21 - 22 OCT Join us this October for a haunting tale to life in a heart wrenching and magical dance theatre production. With an eclectic mix of music from Bach and Mozart to Ligetti and Fred Frith, Bruce explores choreographic styles ranging from the subtlety of classical etiquette to contemporary dance. Book your tickets here:

Murmur & Inked Preview

Murmur and Inked is a new double bill from the Aakash Odedra Company. Curve Associate Artist, Aakash Odedra is one of Britain's most sought after dancers. He has developed a distinctive movement style following intensive training with some of the most prestigious choreographers in the world. Book your tickets here:

Richard E Grant to play Kraken in Water Babies!

Join the Water Babies team behind the scenes for some very exciting filming with Richard E Grant! In a triumph of modern technology, Richard will appear as a 3D hologram interacting with the show's live performers, playing the role of Kraken. More info about the show:

Curve presents New Plays From India

A talented cast of 15 local emerging Leicester actors have been chosen to stage the UK premieres of two new award-winning plays from India as part of Curve's Inside Out Festival. Directed by Curve Associate Director, Suba Das, OK Tata Bye Bye by Purva Naresh and Pereira's Bakery at 76 Chapel Road by Ayeesha Menon will run in Curve's Studio from 17 -- 19 April. Find out more

Water Babies new underwater teaser trailer!

Check out the stunning underwater trailer for this brand new musical, a true spectacle for all the family to enjoy. For more information visit

England Expects Rehearsal Trailer

Take a look at the rehearsal trailer for England Expects coming to Curve on 19 Apr. Tickets just £6* plus transaction fee Book your tickets here:

What Are They Like? Rehearsal Trailer

Curve Young Company tell us about their new show What Are They Like? Coming to Curve 1 - 3 May, find out more at Filmed and edited by Samantha O'Rourke with CYC Communications

Elaine Pantling talks about The Last Cuppa

We have a cup of tea with Elaine Pantling who tells us more about her one-woman show, The Last Cuppa, part of our Inside Out Festival on Sat 19 Apr. Johnnie Deacon was a father, husband, farmer...and rock and roll lover. Come and meet Nadine, the woman he has left behind as she remembers her life with a man who made magic... and many cups of tea.

Small Acts of Protest

Inspired by courageous people all over the world who risk everything for what they believe in, three British women decide to take action. Incorporating projection and physical comedy Small Acts of Protest will warm your heart and inspire you to make a stand. Book your tickets here:

Water Babies - The Making of a New Musical Underwater

Go behind the scenes and discover the magic behind the making of Water Babies a new musical adventure. Book your tickets now to be the first to see Water Babies and enter a breathtaking underwater world of magic and adventure in this funny, touching and unforgettable new musical. Book your tickets here:

Hairspray- Here until Saturday!

With just one week to go we are looking back on our big, bouncy, 5 star production of Hairspray! Best availability is Wed 2 Apr matinee at 2.15pm, grab the last remaining tickets while you can. For more info visit

John Berkavitch introduces Shame

Do You Remember The Worst Thing You Ever Did? As part of our new Inside Out Festival, John Berkavitch brings his new show, SHAME, to Curve for one night only on 17 April at 9.30pm. SHAME is a new spoken-word, hip hop theatre production featuring an innovative animated set and original music score. This is the story of how Berkavitch became the man he is today, as he relives the most shameful moments in his life through words, dance, music and animation. Featuring 3 of the UK's best b-boys, choreography from Mickael "Marso" Riviere and an original music score by Jamie Woon and Royce Wood Junior.

The Believers Trailer

18-29 MAR 2014 We are delighted to be joined by Frantic Assembly until 29th March with their show The Believers! Take a sneak peek into rehearsals with their introductory video and learn more about the show Click here to book now

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