Curve has been shortlisted for The Renee Stepham Award for Best Presentation of Touring Theatre at the prestigious UK Theatre Awards. The nominations for this year’s awards were announced yesterday (15 Sep)
The only nationwide Awards to honour and celebrate the outstanding achievements of regional theatre across the UK, Curve is thrilled to be recognised for its work on tour, having made this a significant focus of the theatre’s business plan.
During the last year, Curve was involved in touring eight different productions for a total of 63 weeks, playing to over 250,000 people in 48 cities. These productions included Beautiful Thing with Nottingham Playhouse Theatre, Hairspray with Mark Goucher Productions Limited, Until the Lions with Akram Khan Company, Roald Dahl’s The Witches with Rose Theatre Kingston, Into the Hoods – Remixed with Zoo Nation Dance Company, Breakfast at Tiffany’s with Colin Ingram and Peter Kane, and Echoes & I Imagine and Murmur & Inked with Aakash Odedra Company.
In addition, Curve’s 2016 production of Legally Blonde The Musical toured to the Daegu International Musical Festival in South Korea, picking up two top awards: Best Musical and Best Actress in a Musical for Lucie Jones as Elle Woods. Breakfast at Tiffany’s continues to tour nationally, following three months in the West End, and the theatre is also currently co-producing a 50 week national tour of Sister Act, which opened at the venue in July.
Chief Executive Chris Stafford and Artistic Director Nikolai Foster said in a joint statement: “Having been awarded the Promotion of Diversity Award at last year’s UK Theatre Awards, we are honoured to be nominated once again this year. It has been a joy to take Curve on Tour and share our work with brand new audiences, both further developing our national and international reputation, and growing new income streams for our theatre. Touring has become a vital part of what we do, and we look forward to sharing more work for children and young people with our co-production of Fantastic Mr Fox which is set to tour in 2017, alongside our co-productions of Sister Act and Hairspray.