WEEKLY NEWSLETTER FROM CURVE.
Welcome to this week’s newsletter – and the month of May!
We can’t wait to share a selection of Made at Curve work with you this month, both online and back on our stage at Curve. The building is slowly coming back to life and there has been a real buzz and energy in the place this past week, as the sense of optimism in the air gathers pace.
First up, we make a return to Curve at Home and our production of Sunset Boulevard at Home, which will be streaming again for one week only from next Monday (10 May). We are truly thrilled to be presenting the show online again, and all for a good cause – The Andy Nairn Bursaries in Technical Theatre. Further details and links to book can be found below.
After this strictly limited streamed run, we look ahead to welcoming you back to Curve for our socially distanced season, which gets underway with two nights of new work from our Associate Artists and Curve Resident Creatives on 21 and 22 May. In the following week, fellow Curve Associate Aakash Odedra is back with Rising (24 – 25 May), prior to AmDram: A Musical Comedy from 27 – 29 May.
We then log back into Curve at Home for this year’s De Montfort University co-production Blood Wedding, a gripping Spanish tragedy from the writer of Yerma and The House of Bernarda Alba, Federico Garcia Lorca. Lorca’s play has been adapted by acclaimed contemporary playwright Tanya Ronder, and will be available to stream for free over the next Bank Holiday weekend from 27 – 31 May. We are incredibly proud of our Birkbeck Trainee Director Jennifer Lane Baker for leading this production, which will be brought to life by Drama students from DMU. Secure your free ticket at the link below.
Our work then continues back on stage at Curve with The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber from 7 – 19 Jun, our spectacular concert celebrating Andrew’s life, theatre and music. We were delighted to spend time with Andrew in Leicester earlier this week, and we’ll be sharing some behind-the-scenes images and clips with you over the coming weeks as our preparations for the show continue.
Chris, Andrew and Nikolai on stage at Curve | Photo: Yash Rao
In amongst preparations for reopening, Team Curve have been busy setting up a temporary Covid-19 testing centre for everyone working in our building. Our rehearsal rooms have been transformed into many fantastical locations over the years, but this is surely the first time as a medical testing centre! It’s been an incredible effort from everyone involved, and we’re massively proud of everything they’re doing to keep everyone safe. Here’s a picture of the team at work:
As our socially distanced season draws to a close, we welcome the company of Peter James‘ thriller Looking Good Dead, who launch their national tour on our stage in July. It was great to hear EastEnders legend Adam Woodyattchatting to Zoe Ball about the show on BBC Radio 2 earlier this week, and you can catch up on their chat in the feature below.
In August, we’re ecstatic to be presenting Jonathan Larson‘s RENT: The Concert in our reconfigured, in-the-round auditorium. It’s going to be absolutely electric, with an outstanding cast and production team coming together. Thank you to everyone who has already purchased their tickets. The general on sale for RENT opens on Tuesday (4 May) from 12 noon; visit our website or call our Box Office on 0116 242 3595 to book your seats.
Finally this week, we’re seeking four new faces to join our Board of Trustees. If you feel you could help to shape the future of our theatre, please consider submitting an application for one of these voluntary roles, which will begin in November. For more details, click here. We look forward to hearing from you.
Our continued thanks to Leicester City Council, Arts Council England and you – our brilliant audiences – for your continued support.
Chris, Nikolai & Team Curve