This past weekend saw the return of the much-loved West End Live in Trafalgar Square. A free festival for theatre lovers, the event has increased in popularity each year (I still remember the early years when everyone was crammed into Leicester Square and only a handful of shows took part!), and eventually it will outgrow its current home too (where next? Hyde Park?).
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Cameron Mackintosh announced today that his acclaimed new production of Boublil and Schönberg’s legendary musical MISS SAIGON – a recent smash hit in the West End – will embark on a major UK tour opening at Curve Leicester from Monday 3 July .
Nikolai Foster, Artistic Director at Curve, today announces Lucie Jones as Elle Woods in the award-winning West End and Broadway smash hit musical comedy, Legally Blonde. Lucie rose to prominence on The X Factor in 2009 and has since starred as Victoria in American Psycho (Almeida Theatre) and as Molly in Ghost (Asia Tour). The role of Callahan will be …
Curve today announces its spring 2016 season following record-breaking ticket sales, a surge in visitor numbers to the iconic building in the heart of Leicester’s Cultural Quarter and an increase in turnover to £7.8m – Curve’s highest figure since opening in 2008. The first under new leadership team of Chief Executive Chris Stafford, Artistic Director Nikolai Foster and Commercial Director Alister de Ternant, the season includes an all-new production of the award-winning West End and Broadway smash hit musical comedy Legally Blonde, directed by Foster and opening on 14 April, with previews from 11 April and running until 14 May.
Pixie Lott will star as Holly Golightly in a limited 12-week season of Breakfast at Tiffany’s at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London’s West End in 2016. This will follow the first UK and Ireland tour of Truman Capote’s classic tale brought to life so memorably by Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 film. It will be presented in a co-production with the Curve Theatre, Leicester. The novella has been adapted for the stage by Pulitzer Prize-winning Finalist and Tony and Olivier Award-winning playwright Richard Greenberg (Take Me Out, Three Days of Rain), and contains memorable songs from the era as well as original music by Grant Odling (One Man, Two Guvnors).
“The goal of this version is to return to the original setting of the novella, which is the New York of the Second World War, as well as to resume its tone – still stylish and romantic, yes, but rougher-edged and more candid than people generally remember,” Richard Greenberg explained. “Capote was a great writer and a natural maker of plots and Breakfast at Tiffany’s has a drive that makes it very alluring to dramatise.”
Breakfast at Tiffany’s, which will be directed by Nikolai Foster, the Artistic Director of Curve, as part of his inaugural season for the company, with production design by Matthew Wright (La Cage Aux Folles), will begin performances in Leicester on 3 March 2016, before embarking on a UK & Ireland Tour. The 12-week season at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London’s West End will be from 30 June to 17 September 2016.
Based on Truman Capote’s beloved masterwork, Breakfast at Tiffany’s is set in New York in 1943. Fred, a young writer from Louisiana, meets Holly Golightly, a charming, vivacious and utterly elusive good-time girl. Everyone falls in love with Holly – including Fred. But Fred is poor, and Holly’s other suitors include a playboy millionaire and the future president of Brazil. As war rages on in Europe, Holly begins to fall in love with Fred – just as her past catches up with her.
Artistic Director of Curve, Nikolai Foster said, “I am thrilled Pixie Lott will lead the company in our production of Richard Greenberg’s beautiful adaptation of Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Developing new audiences for drama and presenting plays which are socially relevant, are things we feel passionately about at Curve. I am very proud Pixie, Richard and our first class creative team will be joining us in Leicester for my inaugural season.”
Pixie Lott said, “I am so excited to play Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s in my first West End play. I absolutely love Holly’s style, and free spirit; she has always been an icon to me and I can’t wait to bring my own personality to the role. Alongside music, I’ve always wanted to be in a play, and getting the opportunity to be in one of my all time favourites and play this fabulous character is a dream come true.”
Pixie Lott began studying at Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts at the age of 11, and whilst there appeared in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium. Breakfast at Tiffany’s will mark her acting debut in a theatre play. Pixie Lott’s debut single, Mama Do, was released in June 2009 and went straight to number one in the UK Singles Chart. Her second single, Boys and Girls, also topped the UK chart in September 2009. Lott’s debut album, Turn It Up, was released the same month and reached number six in the UK Albums Chart, spawning five consecutive top twenty singles and selling over 1.5 million copies. Lott’s second album, Young Foolish Happy, was released in November 2011. The lead single, All About Tonight, became her third UK number one. Her self-titled third studio album was released in August 2014. Its lead single, Nasty, was her sixth top ten single in the UK. A collection of her biggest and favourite songs to date, Platinum Pixie, was released in November 2014. She was a quarter finalist in Strictly Come Dancing 2014.
Nikolai Foster directs Breakfast at Tiffany’s as part of his inaugural season as Artistic Director of the Curve Theatre, Leicester which is announced today. As part of his first season he will also direct a production of Tennessee Williams’s seminal work A Streetcar Named Desire and a stage adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic The Witches (also touring across the UK and to Hong Kong). His other recent productions include Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (West Yorkshire Playhouse), the 20th anniversary production of Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing (Curve and Nottingham Playhouse), Calamity Jane (Watermill Theatre, Newbury & UK tour) and a major new production of the Broadway musical, Annie (West Yorkshire Playhouse & UK tour).
Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a co-production between the Curve Theatre, Leicester and Colin Ingram, Peter Kane, William Sinclair and Michael Melnick & Finlay Gray. Associate Producers Professor Jonathan Shalit OBE and Stuart Piper.
For more information, visit www.breakfastattiffanys.co.uk and www.pixielott.com
TOUR SCHEDULE 2016
3 – 12 March LEICESTER 0116 242 3595
Curve Theatre www.curveonline.co.uk
15 – 19 March CANTERBURY 01227 787787
Marlowe Theatre www.marlowetheatre.com
4 – 9 April LEEDS 0844 848 2700
Grand Theatre www.leedsgrandtheatre.com
12 – 16 April SALFORD 0843 208 6000
Lowry Theatre www.thelowry.com
18 – 23 April BIRMINGHAM 0844 871 3011
Alexandra Theatre www.atgtickets.com/birmingham
25 – 30 April SOUTHAMPTON 02380 711811
Mayflower Theatre www.mayflower.org.uk
13 – 18 June DUBLIN 0818 719 377
Bord Gais Theatre www.bordgaisenergytheatre.ie
20 – 25 June PLYMOUTH 01752 267222
Theatre Royal www.theatreroyal.com
30 June – 17 September LONDON 020 7930 8800
Theatre Royal Haymarket www.trh.co.uk
Leicester’s Curve theatre announces the inaugural season from new Artistic Director Nikolai Foster. Curve shows directed by Foster include a new production of Tennessee Williams’ seminal work A Streetcar Named Desire, opening on 20 October 2015, with previews from 16 October, and running until 8November. The production features Charlie Brooks as Blanche (recently seen in Curve’s production of Beautiful Thing, …
The producers of Beautiful Thing have announced the early closure of the touring production. The last date will at the Leicester Curve on Saturday 30 May 2015. Executive producer Tom O’Connell said, “It is with great regret that we have made the difficult decision to close Beautiful Thing early, but we are all immensely proud to have produced the show, …