About Curve


Over 750,000 people annually engage with Curve through performances and projects at our home in Leicester, across the UK and internationally. Under the leadership of Chief Executive Chris Stafford and Artistic Director Nikolai Foster, Curve has developed a reputation for producing, programming and touring a bold and diverse programme of musicals, plays, new work, dance and opera. All of this presented alongside a dynamic mix of community engagement, artist development and learning programmes, which firmly places audiences, artists and communities at the heart of everything we do. In August 2021, Curve presented Curve on the Square in association with Leicester City Council, BID Leicester and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), sharing free live outdoor performances and activities with communities to celebrate the reopening of the city.

In 2019, three Curve originated productions played in London’s West End; On Your Feet! (London Coliseum), Sue Townsend’s The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ – The Musical (The Ambassadors Theatre) and White Christmas (Dominion Theatre). Summer 2022 will see Curve’s hit production of Grease return to London’s Dominion Theatre.

Recent Made at Curve productions include “world-class” (The Telegraph) revival of A Chorus Line, Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (co-produced with Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse and English Touring Theatre, supported by grant funding from the Royal Theatrical Support Trust), The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, acclaimed streamed productions of The Color Purple – at Home and Sunset Boulevard – at Home (“A game changer”, The Telegraph), Giles Andreae and Guy Parker Rees’ Giraffes Can’t Dance, West Side Story, Hanif Kureishi’s My Beautiful Laundrette (co-produced with Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Everyman Theatre Cheltenham and Leeds Playhouse), John Osborne’s The Entertainer (coproduced with Anthology Theatre and Simon Friend), A Curve Young Company and Community production of Bollywood Jane, a new UK tour of Jim Jacobs & Warren Casey’s Grease, Alice Walker’s Tony award-winning musical The Color Purple (co-produced with Birmingham Hippodrome), Winner – Best Regional Production at the WhatsOnStage Awards, Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s On Your Feet!, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat (& UK tour) the world-premiere of Dougal Irvine’s adaptation of Riaz Khan’s Memoirs of an Asian Football Casual, the Curve Young Company and Community production of Joseph Stein’s Fiddler on the Roof, the world première production of An Officer and a Gentleman (& on national tour), Leslie Bricusse’s Scrooge, the world première of Amana Fontanella Khan’s Pink Sari Revolution, adapted by Purva Naresh (with Belgrade Theatre Coventry, English Touring Theatre and West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds); a major revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard (& UK tour), Winner – Best Musical, Manchester Theatre Awards and Best Regional Production, WhatsOnStage Awards; the world premiere of Ravi Shankar’s opera Sukanya (co-produced with the Royal Opera House & London Philharmonic Orchestra) and the 50th anniversary production of Joe Orton’s What the Butler Saw (with Theatre Royal Bath).

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