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Nina: A Story About Me and Nina Simone – Curve, Leicester

Concept: Josette Bushell-Mingo Director: Dritëro Kasapi Reviewer: James Garrington When she was 12 years old, Nina Simone was asked to perform her first recital at a church meeting. Her proud parents were there in the front pew – but when they were moved to the back of the church to make way for white people at the front, the young ...

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The Secret Keeper – Curve, Leicester

Writer: Angela Clerkin Director: Angela Clerkin and Lucy J Skilbeck Reviewer: James Garrington Confession, they say, is good for the soul. What happens, though, to those who hear the secrets confessed; and may there be consequences? This is the basic premise of Angela Clerkin’s The Secret Keeper. The Doll’s House Maker has been unhappy for nine years, ever since his ...

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Things I Know To Be True – Curve, Leicester

Writer: Andrew Bovell Directors: Geordie Brookman and Scott Graham Reviewer: Natasha Hegarty Having grown into one of the UK’s most prolific theatre-makers, with shows such as the stunning Love Song and the tough Beautiful Burnout, Frantic Assembly is back with its newest production. Things I Know to be True is a collaboration with the State Theatre Company of South Australia, ...

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Sunset Boulevard – Curve, Leicester

A woman stands staring maniacally

Book & Lyrics: Don Black and Christopher Hampton Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Andrew Lloyd Webber saw Billy Wilder’s 1951 film, Sunset Boulevard, in the early 1970s but it wasn’t until 1991 that a version of the musical version was performed at Lloyd Webber’s Sydmonton Festival with Ria Jones as Norma Desmond. It was not ...

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Miss Saigon – Curve, Leicester

Book and Music: Claude-Michel Schönberg Lyrics: Richard Maltby Jr and Alain Boublil with additional lyrics by Michael Mahler Director: Laurence Connor Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Everything about this touring production of Miss Saigon is big. The cast is big – nearly forty cast members are named in the programme – the orchestra is big – 15 credited musicians -  the sets and ...

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Trainspotting Live – Curve, Leicester

Writer: Irvine Welsh Adaptor: Harry Gibson Director: Adam Spreadbury-Maher and Greg Esplin Reviewer: David Robinson The advance promotion promises a punchy and immersive evening. This In Your Face Theatre production certainly doesn’t disappoint on those two scores, far from it. Directors Adam Spreadbury-Maher and Greg Esplin almost insist from the first incredibly loud moment that there are no passengers in ...

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A Clockwork Orange – Curve Theatre, Leicester

Writer: Anthony Burgess Director: Julia Thomas Reviewer: David Robinson The Curve is partnering with the performing arts students from De Montfort University on this immersive and brave adaptation of the Anthony Burgess dystopian classic. The novel sits proudly on the Time magazine’s top hundred books in the English language, a novel Burgess admitted to writing in a matter of a ...

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Grease – Curve Theatre, Leicester

Jessica Paul as Sandy Dumbrowski with the Pink Ladies in Grease

Book, Music and Lyrics: Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Laura Jayne Bateman The 1978 film of Grease is one of the most-loved movie musicals of all time, but its inspiration, the 1971 Broadway show, is a lesser-known predecessor. Revived by Nikolai Foster for a Christmas season at Curve, the show is taken back to its original Broadway roots, ...

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