A hi-tech West End show and a musical sing-along favourite are among the shows coming to Curve next year. The theatre in Rutland Street, Leicester, has announced its programme for early 2014 and artistic director Paul Kerryson said the theatre's advanced technology was about to be used to its full potential.
In April the venue, which is celebrating its fifth birthday this year, will host the world premiere of a totally new musical based on Charles Kingsley's children's classic, The Water Babies.
The show, which follows the story of an orphan named Tom who discovers an underwater world, promises some of the most sophisticated special effects ever seen on stage. Curve is one of the most technically advanced theatres in the country, with its movable walls and various hoists, moving lights and digital projectors. The show, running from April until May, will be performed in Leicester before moving to London's West End.
The biggest shows at Curve next year will include a new production of Hairspray, a West End favourite that has a wide audience thanks to its two film adaptations - one in 1988 by John Waters and a 2007 version starring John Travolta, Zac Efron, Michelle Pfeiffer and Christopher Walken.
Paul said: Following the high-profile success of Finding Neverland, we are thrilled to present the world premiere of the musical Water Babies prior to its West End run.
This spectacular new production will be staged using the full breadth of Curve's advanced technology.
The fabulous musical, Hairspray, is also sure to create excitement and have audiences dancing in the aisles.
Hairspray will run from February until April, during which time there will also be the usual mix of other performances, including drama, music and dancing, with shows for opera and ballet fans. In April, Northern Ballet will be bringing their take on the timeless fairytale Three Little Pigs, fusing boxing with dance.
Also in April, France's dance group Compagnie Kafig will visit Curve with its production, Boxe.
Following its last visit to Curve in March, English Touring Opera will return to Leicester in April next year with two new productions - Britten's Paul Bunyan and Mozart's The Magic Flute.
Paul said: We welcome back English Touring Opera and Northern Ballet and are delighted to host international dance company Compagnie Kafig in Leicester for the first time. Further 2014 spring season productions will be announced soon.
Tickets for next year are now exclusively available to Curve members and will go on general sale from Tuesday, September 24.
For more information or to book tickets, call 0116 242 3595, or visit: www.curveonline.co.uk
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