Skip to main content Skip to site map (in footer)


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

Video feed

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.

Show 21 more videos

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.

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:


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

Rachael Young - The Way I Wear My Hair

Rachael Young talks to us about her new one-woman show, The Way I Wear My Hair, which she is presenting at Curve as part of our first Inside Out Festival. I am a woman. I am black. I am a Strong Black Woman... erm, am I? Rachael Young invites you to become fellow researchers in her quest to find alternative female identities. Weaving a tale of her hair: natural to synthetic, straight to kinky and everywhere in between, Rachael investigates own hair identity and questions the labels we give ourselves. Find out more

Suba Das, Curve Associate Director introduces Inside Out

Curve Associate Director, Suba Das introduces our first Inside Out Festival from 10 - 19 Apr, which celebrates the region's best up-and-coming talent. Taking place over 10 days during the Easter holidays, Inside Out is packed full of exciting new shows, including comedy, dance, and plays as well as family-friendly workshops, free performances, live music and interactive installations -- all created by over 150 emerging East Midlands artists who are taking the country by storm. Find out more

The Alien's Tour of Curve

SAT 12 APR Come and join us for this hilarious and unique guided tour of Curve, led by a merry band of alien visitors all from the comfort of their nonsense fuelled invisible bus. Giving visitors a sneak peak at our backstage areas, the experience weaves theatre facts with fantastical fiction to create a family-friendly once-in-a-lifetime experience. Presented by Maison Foo as part of our brand new Inside Out Festival. For more information, visit

Will - Curve Young Arts Entrepreneurs

Will Todd is developing a Hip Hop Opera Project working with local NEETS and young people from local orchestras, fusing Hip Hop and Classical Music.

Arts Council England is not responsible for the social media content on this organisation's page

Contact details

Curve Theatre
Rutland Street

52.635651, -1.12571

  • 52.635651 -1.12571

View all National portfolio organisation and Major partner museums on our interactive map

Seen something out of date?
Tell us