About Curve

Curve is a spectacular state-of-the-art theatre based in the heart of Leicester’s vibrant Cultural Quarter.

Over 750,000 people a year engage with Curve through performances and projects at our home in Leicester, across the UK and internationally. Under the leadership of Chief Executive Chris Stafford and Artistic Director Nikolai Foster, Curve has developed a reputation for producing, programming and touring a bold and diverse programme of musicals, plays, new work, dance and opera. All of this is presented alongside a dynamic mix of community engagement, artist development and learning programmes, which firmly places audiences, artists and communities at the heart of everything we do.

We are a registered charity (number 230708) and this supports our work with people of all ages and backgrounds, enabling them to access, participate in and learn from the arts, nurturing new and emerging talent and creating outstanding, award-winning theatrical experiences.

Opened in 2008 by Her Majesty The Queen, our award-winning building, designed by acclaimed architect Rafael Viñoly, offers a completely unique visitor experience.

Unlike any other theatre in the UK, we have no traditional backstage area. Audiences can enjoy the full theatre making process, peek behind the scenes and maybe even spot an actor or two dashing from the stage to their dressing room or enjoying a coffee in our Café. Our curved façade is made from 1,192 tonnes of steel and 46000m² of glass.

Our Values

Our Vision

To be recognised as a theatre of national and international significance.

Our Mission

Curve is a leading producing theatre located in the heart of Leicester’s Cultural Quarter. We are dedicated to making and programming world class performances for everyone who lives, works and learns in our unique city and beyond.

Our Work

Curve is one of the UK’s leading producing theatres and our productions have achieved widespread critical acclaim, attracting audiences from across the UK and beyond.

Our artistic aspiration is to grow our national and international reputation for creating, commissioning and touring brand new productions. Our cutting edge facilities and technical expertise means that the world’s best producers choose us to premiere new shows and open major national tours.

Developing talent in the region is extremely important to usIn 2014, we launched our Inside Out Festival that provides a platform for local artists. We have also helped to launch the careers of performers, technicians and theatre companies through our Curve Young Company, annual Community Production and apprenticeships.

Our reputation for attracting high profile national conferences and exhibitions to Leicester also continues to grow thanks to our flexible, dynamic spaces, leading technical and hospitality facilities and a specialist in-house Events Team.

Our Building

Environmental Statement

Curve was opened in August 2008 and as a new build property it contains many built-in environmental features.
Leicester Theatre Trust’s Environmental Strategy comprises the following areas: Energy, Transport and Waste. All these items contribute to Carbon Dioxide and set out our carbon footprint.

In 2013 we were awarded a 1 star Industry Green certificate in recognition of our strong commitment to managing its carbon and improving its environmental impacts.

Click here to view our 1 star Industry Green certificate

We are very excited to have recently been awarded our 2 star Industry Green certificate for again improving our environmental impact.

Click here to view our 2 star Industry Green certificate

For more information on our Environmental Strategy please contact j.bridges@curvetheatre.co.uk