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Re-arranged announcement for Curve’s cancelled Tier 3 Sunset Boulevard in Concert

Re-arranged announcement for Curve’s cancelled Tier 3 Sunset Boulevard in Concert

UPDATES FROM CURVE REGARDING TIER 3 PLANS SUNSET BOULEVARD IN CONCERT TO BE STREAMED ONLINE 22 DEC 2020 – 9 JAN 2021


Following the recent Government announcement that Leicester is in Tier 3 measures, Leicester’s Curve theatre has announced the planned production of Sunset Boulevard in Concert has unfortunately been cancelled. However, in a first for Curve, the production will be performed by the company in the newly configured auditorium and filmed in HD for audiences to watch from the comfort of their own homes. Tickets for the filmed version will start from £20 and between Tuesday 22 December and Saturday 9 January, there will be up to three different performance times daily. The streamed version will be available for audiences in the UK and all territories across the world, with the exception of North America. Tickets are on sale now and can be booked via the theatre’s website or by calling the Box Office.

All current ticket holders will be contacted as soon as possible by Curve’s Box Office team, and will be eligible for either a full refund or an exchange for an ‘at home’ ticket.

Curve’s Chief Executive Chris Stafford and Artistic Director Nikolai Foster said “Due to Leicester entering Tier 3 and the uncertainty of when we will be able to reopen, we have made the difficult decision to cancel public performances of Sunset Boulevard. We are incredibly disappointed not to welcome audiences back to Curve this Christmas, especially as we have invested significantly in measures to ensure we can operate in a Covid-safe way.

However, the show must go on and in a Curve first, we will be bringing back our terrific Sunset Boulevard company to film the production for audiences to watch from the comfort of their own homes. The concert staging will see our stalls cleared of seats to accommodate our socially distanced 16-piece orchestra and we will celebrate every corner of Curve’s astonishing in-the-round auditoria with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s magnificent score. Although we are sorry not to be able to come together in person this Christmas, we are delighted we can share this specially-created concert with audiences across our city and beyond. Our sincere thanks to Really Useful Group, Paramount Pictures, UK Theatre, the Musicians Union, our sponsors PPL and the Culture Recovery Fund for helping make this possible.

Joining the previously announced Ria Jones as Norma Desmond and Danny Mac as Joe Gillis in Sunset Boulevard will be a host of original company members from Curve’s award-winning 2017 touring production. Molly Lynch will reprise her role as Betty Schaefer, Adam Pearce returns as Max Von Mayerling, Dougie Carter as Artie Green and Carl Sanderson as Cecil B DeMille.

The Sunset Boulevard company will also include Benjamin Chambers, Owen Chaponda, Joanna Goodwin, Kristoffer Hellström, James Meunier, Gemma Naylor, Joanna O’Hare, Jessica Paul, Sam Peggs and Barney Wilkinson.

Set over a turbulent New Year’s Eve in 1940s Hollywood, Sunset Boulevard is a gripping tale of romance, glamour and obsession. Curve’s Artistic Director Nikolai Foster will once again direct this production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical masterpiece, which features book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton and is based on the 1950 film by Billy Wilder.

A 16-piece orchestra, supported by music licensing company PPL, will bring the musical’s score to life with musical supervision by Stephen Brooker. Set Designer Colin Richmond, Video Designer Douglas O’Connell and Choreographer Lee Proud will also rejoin the production team.

Curve announces community day line up and Christmas show

Curve announces community day line up and Christmas show

Main: Curve. Photo: Ellie Kurttz


Running 10am – 4:30pm on Sat 14 Nov, the Curve Community Day will include a variety of socially distanced free events and activities to welcome members of the community back to the building.

Legendary choreographer Arlene Phillips will lead a dance workshop at 10am, taking inspiration from David Bowie’s ‘Life On Mars’ and ‘This Is Me’ from The Greatest Showman to get people of all ages and abilities moving and feeling together after months of lockdown. Later in the day, Curve Associates Mel Knott and Tasha Taylor Johnson will teach families to sing and dance the ‘Rhinos’ Rock and Roll’ number from the recent Made at Curve production of Giraffes Can’t Dance.

Local artists Rebecca Harvey-Hobbs and Kate Unwin will host design workshops for participants to create and craft their own pieces. The sessions will focus on mental health and environmental sustainability in the wake of lockdown, designing worry boxes to help manage stress and creating an installation from unused 2020 show posters.

The Showstoppers Kids Show will return to Curve, putting children in charge of the marvellous, musical, interactive adventures on stage. Taking place in Curve’s specially adapted socially distanced auditorium, the hour-long performances will run at 11:30am and 2:30pm.

Curve’s Chief Executive Chris Stafford and Artistic Director Nikolai Foster said: “We couldn’t be more overjoyed at the prospect of welcoming our communities back to Curve for this very special, socially distanced day of activities and performances.

“Lockdown has taken its toll on everyone and the extension of Leicester’s restrictions has been sharply felt in our brilliant city and across our communities. We’re proud to be able to welcome people back to our building for a safe, fun and creative day out for all of the family, focusing on positivity and mental well-being.

“We’re immensely grateful to the incredible practitioners leading these workshops and all those who will be part of creating what is sure to be an extraordinary and memorable day for all of us.”

All workshops will be free to attend, with tickets for The Showstoppers Kids Show priced at £10 each. Tickets for all activities and performances must be booked in advance. For visitors looking to enjoy a full day of fun and creativity at Curve, the theatre is also offering combined passes.

From 3 to 6 Dec, families can enjoy live, socially distanced performances of Dear Santa, adapted from author Rod Campbell’s beloved book. The show follows Santa as he tries to find the perfect Christmas present and to help spread cheer, every child in the audience will receive a free gift as part of the show.

Perfect for families and children aged 2+, tickets for Dear Santa will be on sale to Curve Friends and Supporters Wed 28 Oct, Members and Access Register customers Thu 28 Oct and on general sale Fri 30 Oct, all from 12pm.

Curve’s Community Day will officially welcome audiences back to the theatre, ahead of a trio of Made at Curve favourites performed in Curve’s transformed 533-seat auditorium. The theatre’s reopening plans are only possible thanks to grant funding received from the government’s Culture Recovery Fund and the ongoing support of Arts Council England and Leicester City Council. Tickets for performances of The Color Purple in concert (23 Nov – 5 Dec), Sunset Boulevard in concert (14 Dec – 3 Jan) and Memoirs of an Asian Football Casual (25 Jan – 6 Feb) are on sale now.

For more information visit www.curveonline.co.uk or call Curve’s Box Office team on 0116 242 3595.

  • : Leicester’s Curve theatre has revealed the full line-up for its Community Day taking place on Sat 14 Nov, as well as details of a Christmas show for families which will run as part of the theatre’s reopening season.

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