Curve Adapting Roald Dahl's GEORGE'S MARVELLOUS MEDICINE for the Stage
Following the success of Fantastic Mr Fox, The Twits and The Witches, Curve is delighted to announce a new Made At Curve co-production of Roald Dahl's George's Marvellous Medicine for Christmas 2017.
This frothbugglingly fun show will run in Curve's 300-seat Studio from Sat 9 Dec - Sun 14 Jan, opposite the already announced Scrooge in the 900-seat Theatre. George's Marvellous Medicine goes on priority sale to Curve Members and Groups on Mon 20 Mar, and on general sale from Fri 24 Mar alongside the theatre's Summer season, which is also unveiled today.
Curve Chief Executive, Chris Stafford, and Artistic Director, Nikolai Foster, said: "This is the most ambitious season in our eight year history, with more Made At Curve productions than ever before. We are delighted that George's Marvellous Medicine will be joining A Clockwork Orange, The Graduate, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Sunset Boulevard, Pink Sari Revolution, Hairspray and Scrooge in our produced programme of work, alongside a vibrant season of visiting work. We are truly thrilled to be bringing such a diverse, talented and world class group of artists and production teams to Leicester, to inspire, challenge and entertain our audiences. "
A Curve and Rose Theatre Kingston Production
Roald Dahl's George's Marvellous Medicine
Adapted by David Wood
Sat 9 Dec 2017 - Sun 14 Jan 2018
Press Night: Wednesday 13 December, 7pm
Curve's latest co-production with Rose Theatre Kingston promises to be yet another hugely entertaining stage adaptation, busting with growing grannies, feathery farm animals and bags of phizz-whizzing fun.
Most grandmothers are lovely, kind, helpful old ladies. Not George's Grandmother. George's Grandmother likes to gobble up slugs and bugs, and is always telling George what to do. But one day, when his parents leave him along with the grizzly old grunion, George takes his chance and sets about creating a brand new medicine to cure her of her cruelty. Little does he know that his perilous potion will be the start of a rather marvellous adventure.
Curve also announces its full Summer season today, starting with its own Curve Young Company in Tim Etchells' Status Update on Wed 5 and Thu 6 Apr. This production is directed by Curve's Youth Theatre Director John Berkavitch, and is presented as part of Connections 2017 - the National Theatre's annual festival of new plays for youth theatres and schools.
Circus fans can enjoy an exciting, in-the-round performance by Ockham's Razor in their award-winning show, Tipping Point, in the Studio on Fri 21 and Sat 22 Apr. Hindustani vocalist Kaushiki Chakraborty also comes to Curve on Sat 22 Apr for a unique double-event presented by Shruti Arts, including a full-length concert and pre-show Q&A.
There's plenty for children and families to enjoy this May; Spark Festival returns to the theatre with four exciting new shows from Tue 23 - Sat 27 May, followed by Milkshake! Live: The Magic Story Book on Wed 31 May. Starring Milkshake! favourites Bob the Builder, Little Princess, Noddy, Fireman Sam, Shimmer & Shine, Pip from Pip Ahoy!, Winnie and Wilbur, Wissper, Milkshake!'s very own Milkshake! Monkey and two Milkshake! presenters, Milkshake! Live promises to be an all-singing, all-dancing musical journey through the world's favourite fairytales.
Following the release of T2 Trainspotting earlier this year, In Your Face Theatre recapture the original passion and controversy of Irvine Welsh's famous novel and the globally successful film in Trainspotting Live, from Tue 20 - Sat 24 Jun. This acclaimed, immersive production sees the audience literally become part of the show, with our Studio Theatre reconfigured especially for this production.
Famous for creating highly entertaining shows that mix the show-stopping acrobatics of circus with the emotional punch of theatre, Barely Methodical Troupe (previously seen at Curve in Bromance) return to Leicester in Kin, from Fri 30 Jun - Sat 1 Jul.
Continuing our ongoing commitment to the development of young talent, we are delighted to be welcoming not one but two National Youth companies this season. On Sat 8 Jul we welcome National Youth Dance Company in their latest production, Tarantiseismic, choreographed by Guest Artistic Director Damien Jalet and featuring a company of 40 talented young dancers. Following the success of 2015's Sweet Charity and last year's Spring Awakening, Associate Artists National Youth Music Theatre will also be returning to the Studio in a world premiere production of Billy the Kid, from Wed 23 - Sat 26 Aug.
These exciting productions join a Summer season already filled with a variety of drama, dance and musical theatre, including: Gary Clarke Company's Coal; National Theatre's post-Brexit play, My Country; hip-hop dance festival Breakin' Convention; Northern Ballet's classical dance takes on The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and Goldilocks & the Three Bears; family favourite The Tiger Who Came to Tea; and Cameron Mackintosh's blockbuster musical, Miss Saigon.
Following a sold-out run at the National Theatre and a recent live stream in cinemas as part of NT Live, Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler will also be visiting Curve from Mon 23 - Sat 28 Oct as part of a national tour. This critically acclaimed production is devised by Oliver Award-winning playwright Patrick Marber (Closer, Three Days in the Country), and is directed by Olivier and Tony Award-winning director, Ivo Van Hove (A View from the Bridge).
Curve is a major producing theatre, creating compelling cultural experiences for all those who live, learn, visit and work in Leicester and Leicestershire. We use our unique home and talent to entertain, inspire and engage with a diverse audience and play a leading role in the development of our industry, our city and our global community. At the heart of this is the ambition to offer our local audiences world-class theatrical experiences (created under our Made at Curve banner).
Under the leadership of Chief Executive Chris Stafford and Artistic Director Nikolai Foster, Curve is developing a reputation for producing, programming and touring a bold and diverse programme of musicals, plays, new work and dance. All of this presented alongside a dynamic mix of community engagement and learning opportunities, which firmly places audiences and communities at the heart of everything Curve does.
We are a registered charity (number 230708) and this supports our work with people of all ages and backgrounds, enabling them to access, participate in and learn from the arts, nurturing new and emerging talent and creating outstanding, award-winning theatrical experiences.
Recent productions and co-productions Made At Curve include: Joe Orton's What the Butler Saw (& Theatre Royal Bath); Jim Jacobs & WarRen Casey's Grease (& for a limited season in Dubai); Dahl's The Twits (& Lyric Theatre, Hong Kong, Rose Theatre Kingston & UK tour); The Importance of Being Earnest (with Birmingham Rep); Dahl's Fantastic Mr Fox, in a new adaptation by Sam Holcroft (a co-production with Nuffield Theatres & on tour); our Community Company productions of Alan Parker's Bugsy Malone and Shakespeare's Richard III; the Broadway musical Spring Awakening (with National Youth Music Theatre); Sister Act (& UK tour); Legally Blonde (& Daegu Opera Festival, South Korea - Winner Best Musical - Daegu International Musical Festival Awards); Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's (& Haymarket Theatre, London & UK tour); Ishy Din's Wipers (in collaboration with Belgrade Theatre Coventry & Watford Palace - Winner Asian Media Awards); Roald Dahl's The Witches, adapted by David Wood (& Lyric Theatre, Hong Kong, Rose Theatre Kingston, UK tour & West Yorkshire Playhouse); Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire; Hairspray (& UK tour); Akram Khan's Until the Lions (with Roundhouse, London); Sue Townsend's The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ - The Musical and Jonathan Harvey's Beautiful Thing (with Nottingham Playhouse & UK tour).