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Curve Season Preview 2023/2024

Curve Theatre in Leicester have recently revealed special insights into what's coming up at their theatre with a season preview, sending 2023 off and stepping into 2024 with a bang. We were very lucky to have been invited to find out more about their exciting upcoming productions and we cannot wait!

For Black History month in October, the Curve are working to put on unforgettable performances. Events include an African and Caribbean Dance Workshop on the 21st with local Dance Artist and Teacher Angela O’Neill. On the 24th you can catch BOYS KHAYA, telling choreographer Bawren Tavaziva’s story of early life in Zimbabwe. From the 31st of October to the 2nd of November will be The Mountaintop, a fictional depiction of Martin Luther King Jr.’s last day on earth. This play, in association with company Serendipity, carries significant importance as it falls on the 60th anniversary of the famous ‘I Have a Dream’ speech and the 10th anniversary of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Families with ages 3+ can to look forward to a new musical adaptation this Christmas! The Owl Who Came For Christmas based on the book by John Hay and Garry Parsons is on from 2nd to 31st of December. It tells the story of little owl Rosie who is taken a long way from home in her Christmas tree. The preview of the opening song ‘Welcome to Our Home’ certainly had us all flapping our wings and twooing to their tweets, so there is no doubt you’ll want to take your little ones to wiggle their tails too. The Curve places importance on accessibility and therefore the majority of performances will be relaxed, creating a free and easy experience for your child and anyone that would benefit from this atmosphere.

Evita, an Andrew Lloyd Webber classic, will wave goodbye to this year and hello to the next, running from 27th November to 13th January. Directed by Nikolai Foster, the musical tells the story of Eva Perón, who after following her dream of becoming an actress, became a ground breaking figure for women in politics. Martha Kirby’s preview of classic song ‘Don’t Cry for Me Argentina’ hints that her performance as Eva will be stellar.

Finally, looking ahead to 2024 and starting off with a bang, they revealed the return of A Chorus Line from 28th June to 13th July. The last we saw of this production was in 2021 when the second wave of Covid hit, but in their hearts this show hadn’t had its time to shine. The Curve envisions 2024 as its year to come out of the shadow that the pandemic left and it will be an Andrew Lloyd Webber heavy year with Jesus Christ Superstar also joining the mix in February.

Their biggest announcement is the 2024 return of critically acclaimed Made At Curve show My Beautiful Laundrette, directed by Nicole Behan. This play by Hanif Kureishi and based on his screen play, holds themes of queer love, racial division, and political turmoil during the Thatcher years. The tour will be supported by National Theatre, starting in Leicester and visiting other partnering venues later in the year.

Leicester’s Curve Theatre has so much planned and with it being a theatre that puts its all into every production, I’m sure that these upcoming shows will be ones not to miss. Exciting times ahead for Leicester indeed! For more information and tickets, you can follow the link here.

{AD | Gifted} Written by Caitlin Gambrell

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