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Jonathan Ashworth MP visited Leicester’s Curve theatre on Friday 21 May as audiences return to the building for the first time since March 2020.
The Leicester South MP toured the venue with Curve’s Chief Executive Chris Stafford to see how the theatre is safely welcoming audiences back for its reopening season, with Covid safety measures including one-way systems, temperature checks and increased air flow, as well as contactless ticketing and at-seat hospitality service.
By raising the walls between its theatre spaces, Curve has reopened as a 533-seat socially distanced auditorium, with audiences able to enjoy live performances from all four sides of the stage.
Speaking about Curve’s reopening, Jonathan Ashworth MP said:
“It is a pleasure to see Curve re-opening. It has been a difficult fourteen months for everyone in Leicester but it is good to see the city returning to some kind of normality with the re-opening of Curve. The measures introduced at the theatre ensure that people will be safe and secure when watching the amazing shows.”
Curve’s Chief Executive Chris Stafford and Artistic Director Nikolai Foster commented:
“We are delighted to welcome Jonathan to Curve and share with him the measures we have put in place to ensure everyone coming to our theatre will be safe. Leicester has been significantly impacted on by various lockdown restrictions and it’s key audiences feel confident returning to live performances once more.
“We have implemented a range of measures from socially distanced seating and one way systems, through to paperless ticketing and temperature checks. Although it will feel a little different coming back to our theatre, we promise everyone will be safe and audiences can expect the usual warm Curve welcome and brilliant work on stage. We’d like to thank Jonathan for all his support over the last 14 months.’
Curve’s socially distanced reopening season will include two nights of new work curated by Curve Resident Creatives and local artists (21 – 22 May); Rising, from Curve Associate Artist, celebrated dancer and choreographer Aakash Odedra (24 – 25 May); comedy musical AmDram from Alex Parker and Katie Lam (27 – 29 May) and the Made at Curve concert production of The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (7 – 19 June). Tickets are available to purchase now and more information can be found online at www.curveonline.co.uk.
For further information on the safety measures in place at Curve, visit www.curveonline.co.uk/re-opening-faqs/
To find out more about Curve and the theatre’s reopening plans, visit www.curveonline.co.uk or call the theatre’s Box Office on 0116 242 3595 (Mon – Fri, 10am – 5:30pm).