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Leicester’s Curve theatre has today announced that actors Jasper Britton and Shobna Gulati will join its Board of Trustees.
Jasper and Shobna were appointed to the Board of the Leicester Theatre Trust (LTT), the body that governs Curve, at the Annual General Meeting on 7 November.
As Trustees, they will bring decades of first-hand artistic experience and knowledge to the 13-strong Board which advises on the running of Curve, a registered charity.
Speaking about the appointment, Chair of the LTT Ian Squires said:
“I’m delighted that both Jasper and Shobna have accepted the invitation to join our Board. As one of the UK’s leading producing theatres, it’s vital that we have the voices of leading artists at the highest level of the organisation.
“In Jasper and Shobna, we have two highly acclaimed and richly experienced actors who are both great advocates for Curve and are wholly committed to its continuing success. They’re going to be a great asset to the theatre.”
The newly appointed Trustees are already familiar with Curve and its enthusiastic audiences. Shobna, who is known for playing Anita in Victoria Woods’ dinnerladies TV series and for her long-standing role as Sunita Alahan in Coronation Street, delighted audiences as Miss Lynch in last year’s Made at Curve production of Grease.
“Although I am known for my TV roles I have worked in theatre for over 32 years as a choreographer and actor across the regions, particularly in and around Leicester. I feel like the culturally rich Leicester has always been an artistic home for me and now feel hugely honoured to be part of the wonderful work Curve does, not only as an artist but also as an adviser and advocate.”
Jasper’s connection to theatre in Leicester dates back to 1978 when his father, actor Tony Britton, starred in Cameron Mackintosh’s production of My Fair Lady at the Haymarket Theatre. Jasper himself has also enjoyed a critically acclaimed stage career including leading roles at the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company, and a key role in the foundation of the National Youth Music Theatre. This year, he took the role of Dr. Rance in Curve’s production of Joe Orton’s What the Butler Saw and he will soon play the title role in the theatre’s upcoming Christmas musical Scrooge.
Jasper, who is currently in rehearsal for the production said:
“I’m honoured and look forward very much to learning more about how Curve works and playing a role in the future of the theatre.”