22nd November 2014


Curve launches its 2015 season

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When I picked up the brochure for the February to August 2015 season at Curve, I had a quick flick through it.  My immediate reaction was “Wow. This looks good!” But when I went to the launch event presenting some of the shows being planned for next year, I got really excited.

A panel of people presented some of the shows that are coming up next.  Curve Chief Executive Fiona Allan was in the chair, accompanied by Paul Kerryson (who bows out as Artistic Director at the end of this year), Nikolai Foster (Curve’s incoming Artistic Director), Luke Sheppard (Director) and Ben Atkinson (Musical Director).

Paul Kerryson has been the Artistic Director of Leicester Theatre Trust from 1991 – first at the Haymarket Theatre, and since 2008 at Leicester’s Curve – a theatre he was instrumental in founding, and which has become the cultural heart of the city. In 2013, it was announced that Kerryson will leave as Artistic Director at the end of 2014.

Nikolai Foster is to become the new artistic director at Curve in Leicester, and plans to turn the venue into the home of new musical theatre writing in the UK. [The Stage]

Shows featured in today’s presentation

(in date order)

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Ages 13 3/4. 7th March to 4th April. See our review.

Our County’s Good. – 16th to 18th April.

Inside Out Festival. 22nd April to 2nd May.
(where the world comes to see what Leicester is about)

Beautiful Thing. – 25th to 30th May. See our review.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. 9th to 13th June.

The Car Man – Bizet’s Carmen Re-imagined. 16th to 20th June.
(modern interpretation of the story from Bizet’s opera Carmen) with Matthew Bourne. See our review.

Calamity Jane. 30th June to 4th July.

Richard III. 25th July to 9th August.
(community theatre, auditioning in January). We saw this but decided not to review it.

Hairspray. 9th to 19th September.
5-star reviews and packed houses.

We are not going to say anything about these shows right now, because  Arts in Leicester will be publishing preview articles on them in the months ahead.

If you want to know more right away, pick up a copy of the Feb – Aug 1015 brochure from Curve.

Leicester is famous around the world for Adrian Mole and King Richard III.

Other shows that caught my eye in the 2015 brochure:

Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival. From 7th Feb to 14th February.

The Woman In Black. 16th to 21st February.

English Touring Opera. 20th April and 21st April.

Bromance. 12th May. See our review.

Northern Ballet. 5th and 6th June. (Madam Butterfly and Perpetuum Mobile)

Blood. 26th and 27th June.

Theatre in Leicester faces the challenge of attracting a multi-cultural audience.

We will be published an article soon on the chellenges facing the arts in Leicester, so watch out for our postings.

See also:

What’s on now in Leicester

We look back at Chicago

We look back at The Water Babies