Nikolai Foster and Chris Stafford, artistic director and chief executive, respectively, at Curve in Leicester, have announced a new slate of productions under their Made At Curve banner.
In a joint press statement, they said, “We are pleased to announce our new slate of Made at Curve productions, a season of work celebrating established writers alongside new work. We are thrilled to be co-producing The Importance of Being Earnest with our neighbors Birmingham Rep, marking the first co-production between our two theatres and the first time this classic play has been staged at Curve. Following on from Earnest, our co-production of Curve Associate Artist Akram Khan’s Until The Lions will take to our stage this October, demonstrating our commitment to producing the very best dance here in Leicester. We are also excited to announce Grease as our Christmas musical. Alongside Grease and playing in our 300-seat theatre, we are thrilled to welcome rising director Max Webster to Curve, who will create a magical production of The Twits as part of the Dahl 100 celebrations.”
The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by Foster, will play first in Birmingham, beginning performances September 9 prior to an official opening September 24 for a run through September 24, then transfer to Leicester, beginning performances October 6 prior to an official opening October 11 for a run through October 29.
Under the Lions, created by the Akram Khan Dance Company during a residency at Curve in July 2015, will return in a new, full-length production, beginning performances November 3 for a run through November 5. The piece re-visits one story of the epic Mahabharata.
Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey’s Grease will begin performances November 26 prior to an official opening December 1 for a run through January 14, directed by Foster and choreographed by Nick Winston.
Roald Dahl’s The Twits will run simultaneously in the Curve studio, beginning performances December 10 prior to an official opening December 14 for a run through January 15, 2017. Prior to Leicester, it will play in Hong Kong November 25-27, then after its run in Leicester tour to Kingston’s Rose Theatre April 4-15. It is directed by Max Webster.
To book tickets and for further details, contact the box office on 0116 242 3595 or visit curveonline.co.uk.