Thursday, 5 May 2016

Leicester Curve to revive Grease this Christmas

Chris Stafford and Nikolai Foster have announced a new season of Made At Curve productions for autumn and Christmas 2016.

In October, Foster directs a contemporary spin on Oscar Wilde’s classic play The Importance of Being Earnest, a co-production with Birmingham Repertory Theatre and this is followed by the return of Akram Khan with a new Curve co-production of Until The Lions running from 3rd – 5th November.

Then at Christmas, Nikolai Foster will direct the brand new production of Grease in the Theatre while at the same time Curve revisits the work of Roald Dahl in the Studio with David Wood’s adaption of The Twits in a new co-production with Rose Theatre Kingston. The Twits will play to an international audience with the show visiting Hong Kong prior to its run at Curve. The show then travels to Rose Theatre Kingston in April 2017.

Book, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, Grease opens on 1st December 2016 (previews from 26th November) and runs until 14th January 2017. Choreographer will be by Nick Winston with design by Colin Richmond, lighting by Guy Hoare and orchestrations by Sarah Travis.

Chris Stafford (Chief Executive) and Nikolai Foster (Curve Artistic Director) 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 neighbours 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. With the mighty Foxes at the top of the league and local lad Mark Selby also a world champion, there's an incredible energy and confidence building in our city; it couldn't be a better time to be in Leicester and making theatre for our incredible communities."

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