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Curve Leicester to revive ‘Sunset Boulevard’ & ‘The Color Purple’

Regional theatre company Curve Leicester will reopen in November with re-imagined socially distanced revivals of The Color Purple, Sunset Boulevard and Memoirs of an Asian Football Casual.

T’Shan Williams and Danielle Fiamanya, who won The Stage Debut Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for her role as ‘Nettie’; will star in The Color Purple from 23 November until 3 December 2020.

Told over the course of 40 years, The Color Purple is an unforgettable story of a courageous heroine, Celie played by T’Shan Williams, as she journeys through joy, despair, anguish and hope, in her own personal awakening to discover her unique voice in the world.

With a profoundly evocative score that draws from jazz, ragtime, gospel and blues, the musical is set in the racially divided south of America and is directed by Tinuke Craig.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical masterpiece Sunset Boulevard will run over Christmas (14 December – 3 January) with Ria Jones and Danny Mac reprising their roles as Norma Desmond and Joe Gillis. Based on Billy Wilder’s 1950 film, the paths of a handsome young writer down on his luck and a faded star of the silver screen collide in a compelling story of romance and obsession.

View images of Danny Mac from the original production

The season concludes with Memoirs Of An Asian Football Casual (25 January – 6 February), a drama based on the life of former football hooligan Riaz Khan.

To enable social distancing, the walls of the theatre spaces will be raised to enable audiences to enjoy performances from all four sides of the stage, fully realising the ambition of architect Rafael Viñoly’s original design. A triple-revolve, donated by Sir Cameron Mackintosh, will help to transform the space to create an epic experience for 533 socially distanced audience members.

The season has been made possible by funding received from the government’s Culture Recovery Fund and the ongoing support of Arts Council England and Leicester City Council.


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