Leicester’s Curve theatre has revealed new dates and further casting for its upcoming season of socially distanced performances.
Following the latest lockdown measures in England, Curve has rescheduled The Color Purple in concert to 1-13 March 2021. Sunset Boulevard in concert will now open slightly later than originally planned and run 18 December 2020 to 9 January 2021. Dates for Memoirs of an Asian Football Casual remain unchanged (25 January to 6 February).
All three productions will be fully costumed and performed in the round in the theatre’s newly transformed 533-seat socially distanced auditorium, with concert performances of Sunset Boulevard and The Color Purple making use of a triple revolve donated by Cameron Mackintosh.
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.
Curve’s artistic director Nikolai Foster will once again direct this production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, 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 will bring the musical’s score to life with musical supervision by Stephen Brooker. Choreographer Lee Proud will also rejoin the production team.
Led by the previously announced T’Shan Williams as Celie, original company members of Curve’s 2019 production of The Color Purple, including KM Drew Boateng, Owen Chaponda, Perola Congo, Danielle Kassarate, Anelisa Lamola, Karen Mavundukure, Rosemary Annabella Nkrumah, Landi Oshinowo, Simon Anthony Rhoden and Jo Servi, will also return to Curve’s stage next year. Due to prior commitments, Danielle Fiamanya is now unable to join as Nettie in the rescheduled performances.
Based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, performances of this musical will be directed by Tinuke Craig, with a six-piece orchestra led by musical director Alex Parker. The team will be joined by choreographer Mark Smith.
Memoirs of an Asian Football Casual will see award-nominated Leicester actor Hareet Deol reprise his role as Suf Khan in Dougal Irvine’s drama based on the real life of reformed Leicester football hooligan Riaz Khan, who will also rejoin the cast. Foster directs and composer Tasha Taylor Johnson also join the show’s production team.
Curve’s chief executive Chris Stafford and artistic director Nikolai Foster said:
“Working on The Color Purple, Memoirs of an Asian Football Casual and Sunset Boulevard have been highlights for us at Curve over the past few years. When these productions closed, we could never have imagined these incredible shows would one day play a monumental role in reopening our theatre and welcoming audiences back into our building.
“We have a long road to recovery and the best way audiences can support our theatre is by purchasing a ticket to see one of these incredible shows. We guarantee audiences will not lose their money if shows are forced to be cancelled or if someone is unwell prior to attending.”