Thu 16 Oct 2014

Leicester’s Curve theatre will be involved in creating the dramatic elements of the final reinterment service of King Richard III, with a focus on thanksgiving, diversity and the youth of the city and county.

Fiona Allan, Curve’s Chief Executive commented:

“It’s very exciting that Curve has been invited by the Cathedral to be at the heart of the celebrations during this very special time for Leicester. The creative project will be led by our new Artistic Director, Nikolai Foster, who will be working with the exceptionally talented people of our city and county to especially create several theatrical pieces throughout the celebratory service.  ”

David Monteith, Dean of Leicester said:

“When the King is safely at rest in the Cathedral, we then will all want to look to the future of our community. So I can’t think of better partners than Curve to help us to come together and to really mark the day we reveal the completed tomb with vivid drama and liturgy.”

The date of the service in which Richard lll will be finally laid to rest will be Thursday 26th March 2015. This is one of three services which will remember the life and death of the only Monarch of England without a marked grave. The mortal remains of Richard lll will be received into the care of the Cathedral on the evening of 22nd March, will lie in repose for 3 days and will be reburied on the morning of Thursday 26th. The following days, Friday 27th and Saturday 28th  March, will mark the end of the journey with the reveal of the tomb and a service to mark the completion of the reinterment, and events which will look to the future having laid the King to rest.


Editors Notes:

  • The Dig for Richard III was led by the University of Leicester, working with Leicester City Council and in association with the Richard III Society.  The originator of the search project was Philippa Langley of the Richard III Society.
  • Leicester Cathedral Quarter Partnership Board is: The Bishop of Leicester in his corporate capacity; The Council, the Chapter and the College of Canons of Leicester Cathedral; St Martins Cathedral Properties Limited; Leicester City Council; Leicestershire County Council; The University of Leicester. The partners respond together to the challenges and opportunities presented by the discovery of the remains of King Richard III and subsequent planned reinterment of those remains in Leicester Cathedral.