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Sunset Boulevard UK and Ireland tour – details of dates

The UK and Ireland tour of the Curve production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Sunset Boulevard, starring Ria Jones as Norma Desmond and directed by Nikolai Foster, will open at Curve on 16 September 2017 (press night is 28 September) before touring the UK and Ireland. Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-winning show is based on Billy Wilder’s film, accompanied by Don […]

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Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox – Lyric Hammersmith

Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox continues at the Lyric Hammersmith, London until 19 February and then tours until 9 July. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ Most adaptations of Roald Dahl’s spikey, often  subversively uplifting, children’s stories are plays with songs. This entertaining, energy-packed version (a co-production between Southampton’s Nuffield Theatre and Curve Leicester in […]

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Ria Jones to star in Sunset Boulevard at the Curve and on tour

It has been revealed that Ria Jones will star in a new homegrown production of Sunset Boulevard as part of Leicester Curve’s autumn/winter 2017 season. Actress and singer Jones stepped into the spotlight in April last year when she took over the leading role in Sunset Boulevard (after Glenn Close was too ill to perform) […]

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Grease – Curve Leicester

Grease continues at Curve Leicester until 21 January 2017. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Grease might suggest a loud, eardrum-bursting undertaking, lacking in subtlety, coarse in its wit. But no, it’s none of that, as this brand new, scintillating in-house production of Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey’s hit musical from Curve Leicester – […]

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Musical version of Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox to tour UK

Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox will take to the road next year in a major new musical adaptation due to receive its world premiere this Christmas. Amidst different events celebrating the much-loved author’s 100th birthday, producing partners Nuffield and Curve have revealed plans for the tour which will begin at the Lyric Hammersmith in January, following […]

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Miss Saigon begins UK tour in July 2017

The acclaimed new production of Boublil and Schönberg’s musical Miss Saigon– a recent hit in the West End – will embark on a major UK tour, opening at Curve Leicester on 3 July 2017. Cameron Mackintosh said: “It’s hard to believe that it has been over 25 years since Miss Saigon first opened, but if anything, the tragic love story of […]

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Sister Act tour – Jon Robyns and Rosemary Ashe join cast

Casting details for the national tour of Curve’s all new production of the musical comedy Sister Act, directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood, have been revealed. The show opens at Curve on Saturday 30 July 2016. Joining the previously announced Alexandra Burke as Deloris Van Cartier will be Joanna Francis as Michelle, Jon Robyns as Eddie, Karen Mann as Mother Superior and Rosemary Ashe as Sister Mary Lazarus. Burke will perform the […]

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Curve Leicester’s Christmas musical is Grease

With their revival of Legally Blonde still running in the theatre, chief executive Chris Stafford and artistic director Nikolai Foster have announced a new season of Made At Curve productions for autumn and Christmas 2016, including a staging of the much-loved musical Grease. Foster will direct the brand new production of Grease in the Theatre from 26 November 2016 to 14 January 2017 (press night is 1 December), while at the […]

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Interview – Jon Robyns is playing Emmett in Legally Blonde at Curve Leicester

JON ROBYNS is perhaps best known as Princeton/Rod from the original West End cast of Avenue Q, but his career to date boasts a varied and prolific journey through the West End and beyond, and is by no means slowing down. Musical Theatre Review’s Aura Simon caught up with him at the Curve Leicester, where he’s playing leading […]

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Legally Blonde – Curve Leicester

Legally Blonde continues at Curve Leicester until 14 May. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Legally Blonde is a deceptive show. Frivolous and fluffy as it may be, a good production lampoons itself, while at the same time making the audience an accomplice to the giddy joy of its ludicrous universe. Unfortunately, Nikolai Foster’s production […]

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Legally Blonde at Curve – Tupele Dorgu cast as Paulette

The full company for Curve’s production of the award-winning West End and Broadway musical comedy Legally Blonde includes Tupele Dorgu who joins the cast as Paulette. Dorgu joins the previously announced Lucie Jones as Elle Woods, Ian Kelsey as Callahan, Jon Robyns as Emmett, Danny Mac as Warner, Natalie Hope as Brooke, Phoebe Street as Vivienne and Francesca Hoffman as Margot. The cast is completed by Jack Harrison-Cooper (Harrison), Cristina Hoey (Serena), Darren Bennett (Dad), Jamal Andreas (Sundeep Padamann), Natalie Woods(Enid), Rachel […]

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Legally Blonde at Curve – full casting revealed

Actress and singer Lucie Jones will play Elle Woods in Curve’s brand new production of the award-winning West End and Broadway musical comedy Legally Blonde which opens on 14 April, with previews from 11 April and running until 14 May (this is artistic director Nikolai Foster’s first musical at the venue). Jones rose to prominence on The X Factor […]

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Oliver! – Curve Leicester

Oliver! continues at Curve Leicester until 23 January 2016. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ There’s a zany quality to Paul Kerryson’s production of Lionel Bart’s Oliver! at Curve, especially visible in the dark opening scenes in the workhouse. The angular, regimented choreography of the orphans and servants has a touch of madness and […]

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Sweet Charity – National Youth Music Theatre – Curve Leicester

Sweet Charity was presented by the National Youth Music Theatre at Curve, Leicester. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ In a month other than August, this outstanding production by the National Youth Music Theatre (NYMT) could have graced the main stage at Curve, where it wouldn’t have been out of place against any of the high-profile musicals […]

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New touring production of Sister Act – directed by Craig Revel Horwood – kicks off at Curve

An all new production of the musical comedy Sister Act, directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood with musical supervision and arrangements by Tony Award-winning Sarah Travis, is set for a national tour. Sister Act will open at Curve, Leicester on Saturday 30 July 2016. Tickets go on sale Monday 10 August 2015. Director and choreographer Craig Revel Horwood said: “I am truly thrilled […]

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Curve showcases world’s first 360° theatre recording with Calamity Jane

Leicester’s Curve, one of the UK’s most technologically advanced theatres, is harnessing the very latest technology by releasing a 360° panoramic performance of the hit musical Calamity Jane in a bid to make theatre accessible to all. Starring Jodie Prenger and featuring Tom Lister, the 360° recording of Nikolai Foster’s Calamity Jane will be available to view for […]

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Early look at Hairspray UK tour cast in action

New images have been released of Tony Maudsley, Claire Sweeney, Peter Duncan, Freya Sutton, Ashley Gilmour, Layton Williams and Vanessa Fisher who will star in the 40-week UK tour of Hairspray this autumn. The photographs are by Ellie Kurttz. This musical comedy will begin its UK tour at Leicester’s Curve theatre on 9 September 2015 and will then tour to more than 25 […]

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Oliver! is Curve Theatre Leicester’s Christmas musical, directed by Paul Kerryson

Curve Theatre, Leicester has announced its Christmas musical for 2015 will be a new production of Lionel Bart’s masterpiece Oliver! Opening on 2 December 2015, with previews from 27 November, the production also sees Paul Kerryson return as director. Based on the novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, Bart’s award-winning musical opened in the West End in 1960, ahead of its Broadway […]

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The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ – The Musical – Curve Leicester

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ – The Musical continues at Curve Leicester until 4 April. Star rating: 4 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ Child actors who win plum parts like these are always going to be good, but 14-year old Joel Fossard-Jones – one of four Adrian Moles recruited for this world premiere production – has the audience on […]

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Adrian Mole musical at Curve – full cast revealed

The full cast for the world premiere of Sue Townsend’s The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾  – The Musical has been revealed by Curve, Leicester today. The cast includes Rosemary Ashe (Grandma), Cameron Blakely (Mr Lucas), Amy Booth-Steel (Miss Elf/Doreen Slater/Mrs Lucas), Neil Ditt (George Mole), Kirsty Hoiles (Pauline Mole) and Neil Salvage (Bert Baxter). The role of Adrian will be shared by Lewis Andrews, Sebastian Croft, Joel Fossard-Jones and Toby […]

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The Sound of Music – Curve, Leicester

The Sound of Music continues at Curve, Leicester until 17 January 2015. Laura Pitt-Pulford’s Maria in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music whirls round tree trunks and straps a guitar on her back to cycle away from the Abbey. So when, head held high, she sings ‘I Have Confidence in Me’, it has force as well […]

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Hairspray set to tour in 2015, directed by Paul Kerryson

A new production of Hairspray will embark on a major UK tour in 2015/16. The musical comedy will begin its UK tour at Leicester’s Curve theatre on 9 September 2015 and will then tour to 29 venues across the UK, including a Christmas residency at Birmingham Alexandra Theatre in December 2015. Hairspray will be directed by […]

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Adrian Mole musical to premiere in Leicester next year

Leicester’s favourite teenager, Adrian Mole, will be the star of Curve’s brand new musical which premieres in spring 2015. With book and lyrics by Jake Brunger and music and lyrics by Pippa Cleary, this new musical adaptation of Sue Townsend’s best-seller will open on 17 March 2015, with previews from 7 March, and runs until 4 April (tickets are on […]

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Water Babies – Curve, Leicester

Water Babies continues at Curve, Leicester, until 17 May. Steampunk meets end-of-the-pier show in a lavishly marketed musical that is visually stunning and technically wizard but doesn’t hang together and doesn’t quite know what it really is. Water Babies has its premiere at Curve, where the great height of the stage provides the perfect launch pad […]

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Lauren Samuels is making waves with the Water Babies

With her role as Ellie in the world premiere of Chris Egan, Ed Curtis and Guy Jones’ new musical Water Babies (based on Charles Kingsley’s 1863 Victorian morality tale), Lauren Samuels is returning to Curve, Leicester where she made her professional debut playing Wendy in Peter Pan the Musical. Following her success on the BBC1 talent […]

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Richard E Grant to star as hologram in Water Babies musical

Richard E Grant will play Kraken: Lord of the Oceans in a 3D hologram interactive scene in the world premiere of Water Babies (inspired by Charles Kingsley’s classic novel). Directed by Ed Curtis, with music by Chris Egan, and book and lyrics by Curtis and Guy Jones, this new musical, with landmark special effects, will open […]

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Hairspray – Curve Leicester

Hairspray continues at Curve, Leicester until April 5. It’s hard to believe that this is Rebecca Craven’s professional musical debut. Best known to TV viewers of the BBC1 school saga Waterloo Road, she looks completely at home in the lead role of Tracy Turnblad, the dumpy teenager who dreams of being Miss Teenage Hairspray 1962. […]

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Rebecca Craven makes it big in Hairspray at Leicester’s Curve

Best-known for playing the inconsolable Rhiannon in the BBC drama series Waterloo Road, actress Rebecca Craven is taking her talents in a new direction, making her professional theatre debut as Tracy Turnblad in the new production of Hairspray at Leicester’s Curve theatre. Playing the teenager with high hopes, huge ambitions and even bigger hair, Craven […]

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Chicago – Leicester Curve

Chicago continues at the Curve, Leicester until 18 January 2014. Back in 1991, John Kander and Fred Ebb’s Chicago was Paul Kerryson’s choice for his first production as artistic director of the Leicester Haymarket. Now it’s the centrepiece of Curve’s fifth birthday celebrations, a work of genius, with brand new choreography by Drew McOnie, and a […]

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Hairspray – new production at Leicester Curve stars David Witts

Curve Theatre, Leicester’s artistic director Paul Kerryson has revealed that a new production of Hairspray, with actor David Witts as Link Larkin, will open at the venue from 5 March 2014 (previews from 28 February) and run until 5 April. Witts trained with the National Youth Music Theatre and the National Youth Theatre of Great […]

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Frances Ruffelle – French Connection

Frances Ruffelle’s new cabaret, Paris Original, will be a celebration of French singers and songs. The show premieres at the Crazy Coqs from 8–12 October and represents something of a golden Gallic thread that has run through her career. This began when, at the age of 19, she originated the role of Eponine in Les […]

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