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Johannes Radebe and Dan Partridge to star in new Made at Curve production of KINKY BOOTS

EVERYBODY SAY YEAH to a brand-new MADE AT CURVE production of KINKY BOOTS, directed by our very own Nikolai Foster and starring Johannes Radebe (STRICTLY COME DANCING) as Lola and Dan Partridge (Curve's EVITA and GREASE) as Charlie Price.

Coming to Curve 17 - 25 January 2025, tickets will be on sale from Tuesday 16 April.

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Rod Campbell's beloved book comes to Curves this half term!

The timeless children's book DEAR ZOO heads to Curve for half term!

Rod Campbell’s best-selling lift the flap book has been brought to life in this enchanting production. Will the characters receive the perfect pet or are the animals too big, heavy and even cheeky?

With fantastic puppetry, music and lots of audience interaction, this is the perfect treat for little ones aged 1+.

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English Touring Opera return next week!

Book now for this incredible double-header of new productions from English Touring Opera!

Choose from Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress on Mon 15 Apr, Puccini's Manon Lescaut on Tue 16 Apr, or save 10% when you book for both operas.

Find out more at the link below, and get a preview of The Rake's Progress in the video above.

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A stage adaptation of Kavita Puri's acclaimed book

The 1947 partition of the Indian subcontinent into India and Pakistan saw millions uprooted and resulted in unspeakable violence. It would also shape modern Britain. Witnesses to this brutal moment in history live among us, yet the stories of that time remain shrouded in silence.

SILENCE is a new play from Tara Theatre focused on communal storytelling – presenting a shared history inspired by the remarkable personal testimonies of people who lived through the last days of the British Raj.

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Four new Made at Curve shows announced for 2024

We have announced details of four new Made at Curve productions joining our line-up in 2024, alongside a new musical in Autumn this year.

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE - Thursday 13 - Saturday 15 June
FANTASTIC FOXES - Friday 26 July - Saturday 3 August
THE MOUNTAINTOP - Saturday 21 September - Saturday 5 October
PIRATES LOVE UNDERPANTS - Monday 2 December 2024 - Sunday 5 January 2025
SUPERYOU - Tuesday 22 October - Saturday 9 November

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Our Digital Spring/Summer Highlights brochure is here!

We’re delighted to share with you our new highlights brochure, filled with an array of exciting shows! On the cover of our latest brochure is our returning Made at Curve production of A Chorus Line, and inside you'll find everything you need to know for all of our upcoming productions including our annual New Work Festival, creative opportunities and more.

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English Touring Opera: Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress

Young Tom Rakewell’s quiet life with his sweetheart Anne is turned upside down when the mysterious Nick Shadow comes to his door with whispers of wealth and luxury. But Nick soon finds out that the Devil finds work for idle hands, and that the promises of London life aren’t what they seem.

Igor Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress is a cynical but sympathetic tale of a young man’s fall. ETO’s new production is helmed by Polly Graham, Artistic Director of Longborough Festival Opera, and the highly regarded conductor and composer Jack Sheen.

Performed in English with English surtitles.

Age Guidance: 11+
Running Time: 2 hours and 55 minutes (including a 20 minute interval)

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English Touring Opera: Puccini's Manon Lescaut

Manon Lescaut is a devastating depiction of a woman wrestling with her desire for love on her own terms, and the rigid double standards imposed on her by society. The opera was a breakthrough smash for Giacomo Puccini, composer of the timeless classics La bohème, Tosca and Madame Butterfly, full of memorable music and heartbreaking drama.

Jude Christian, fresh from a critically acclaimed Titus Andronicus at London’s Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, brings incisive direction and a sharp, poetic new translation to her radical new production, while ETO Music Director Gerry Cornelius conducts.

Performed in English with English surtitles.

Running Time: 2 hours and 55 minutes (including a 20 minute interval)

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Silence

“It was a great tragedy. We were friends one day and enemies the next. I will take these things to my grave.”

The 1947 partition of India into West Pakistan and East Pakistan – now Bangladesh – saw millions uprooted and resulted in unspeakable violence. It would also shape modern Britain. Witnesses to this brutal moment in history live among us, yet the stories of that time remain shrouded in silence.

SILENCE is a new play focused on communal storytelling – presenting a shared history inspired by the remarkable personal testimonies of people who lived through the last days of the British Raj. Commissioned to mark the 75th anniversary of partition, SILENCE is adapted from Kavita Puri’s acclaimed book Partition Voices: Untold British Stories and was originally co-produced with the Donmar Warehouse.

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Sir Ranulph Fiennes: Mad, Bad and Dangerous

Spend an evening in the extraordinary company of Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE – ‘the world’s greatest living explorer’ – as he goes beyond his record-breaking achievements to explore the man behind the myth.

Sir Ranulph has circumnavigated the surface of the globe from pole to pole, became the first person to cross the Arctic and Antarctica on foot, broken countless world records of endurance, and discovered the Lost City of Ubar in Arabia. Despite his infamous fear of heights, he is the oldest Briton to summit Everest, achieved on his third attempt. But these extraordinary accomplishments have come at a cost: he has lost half his fingers to frostbite, almost died countless times, and suffered a heart attack and double bypass only three months before he completed seven consecutive marathons in seven days on seven continents.

Now, he has a new challenge. Live on stage, Sir Ranulph will share stories from his legendary exploits and adventures, telling untold tales of the world’s most extraordinary feats of daring and exploration. Taking us from his magical and mischievous childhood, through school misdemeanours, to his time in the military and beyond, Ran will also reveal for the first time his own personal heroes and the incredible lessons he learnt from them which have informed his hazardous profession.

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Sir Tim Rice: My Life in Musicals - I Know Him So Well

Sir Tim Rice, the multi-award-winning, internationally renowned lyricist, will return to theatre stages across the UK this year with a very special live musical theatre event – My Life in Musicals: I Know Him So Well.

The show will see Tim Rice reflect on his illustrious career at the heart of musical theatre, sharing anecdotes behind the songs – the hits and the misses along with stories of his life and live performances from the wonderful catalogue of songs that are synonymous with his name and that of his collaborators. Musical accompaniment will be from an array of some of the UK’s leading West End singers and musicians led by Musical Director Duncan Waugh.

Tim is associated with writing the lyrics for so many of the world’s much-loved hit musicals – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Chess and the Disney productions The Lion King, Aladdin, and Beauty and the Beast. His work has not been limited to musical theatre alone, with Evita transferring to the big screen and theme music for the James Bond movie Octopussy.

Running Time: Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes (including a 20-minute interval)
Age Guidance: Suitable for all ages

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Tom Davis: Underdog

Sweet, sweet soul Tom Davis is best known for hit shows King Gary, The Curse, Murder In Successville, Live At The Apollo, and his hugely popular podcast Wolf and Owl with Romesh Ranganathan.

Embarking on his biggest tour to date with his brand new show Underdog, Tom will be exploring life as the longshot. From leaving school with no qualifications to years working on building sites, all the way to the difficult road to fatherhood, acting in blockbuster films, and yet still being told he’s punching by a waiter.

Big Tom Davis’ return to stand-up should not be missed.

Age restriction: 14+ – This show contains strong language and adult content.

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New Curve in Conversation Episode - Behind-the-scenes of Come From Away Rehearsals!

February's episode of Curve in Conversation is out now!

Join us as we take a step behind the curtain and enter the Come From Away rehearsals.

Featuring interviews with the cast, you do not want to miss this latest podcast!

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Explore our Digital Learning Resource Library

To support learning around our Made at Curve productions, we have created a number of Education Packs filled with insights and activities that everyone can enjoy.

Delve deeper into Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, A Chorus Line, The Color Purple, West Side Story and more in our resource library at the link below.

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Learn with top artists in Curve Classroom

Since January, we're proud to have supported home-schooling during the third national lockdown with our educational initiative, Curve Classroom.

The free sessions cover a range of topics for all ages and are delivered by a host of leading artists including performers Molly Lynch, Garry Robson and Hareet Deol, Designers Grace Smart and Kate Unwin, Director Julia Thomas, Choreographers Arlene Phillips and Mel Knott, Writers Jess Green and Rob Ward, as well as a number of Midlands-based artists local to Curve in Leicester.

Find out more and explore the full archive here.

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