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  • Since opening Curve has become a major producing theatre with a number of critically acclaimed shows created by the in house team
  • The theatre is a registered charity, dedicated to the development of artistic talent in local communities
  • In 2010 the Curve building won a prestigious International Architecture Award

An area rejuvenated

Before Curve was built, disused and abandoned buildings including Urray House (originally built for a cloth merchant) and Stafford House (a former knitwear factory), occupied the space. Construction began in 2006 and the building was officially opened in 2008 by Her Majesty The Queen.

Curve was seen as a flagship regeneration project for the Cultural Quarter. Designed by acclaimed architect Rafael Viñoly, in 2010 the building won an International Architecture Award. The landmark building has an unusual ‘inside out’ configuration, with an open plan foyer and movable steel walls that can be raised to allow members of the public to see the stage from street level.

Since opening, Curve has become a major producing theatre, creating critically acclaimed shows including Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard (2017), Legally Blonde (2016) and Purva Naresh’s Pink Sari Revolution (2017). Curve also continues to programme a variety of exciting visiting work throughout each year and has been the opening venue for a number of blockbuster UK touring shows, including Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Miss Saigon in 2017 and the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Matilda The Musical in 2018.

As a venue, Curve has seen millions come through its doors and its success has placed Leicester firmly on the map as a theatrical destination.

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Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard. Curve, Manuel Harlan

At the heart of the community

Under the leadership of Chief Executive Chris Stafford and Artistic Director Nikolai Foster, Curve produces, programmes and tours a bold and diverse programme of musicals, plays, new work and dance. All of this is presented alongside a dynamic mix of community engagement and learning opportunities, which firmly places audiences and communities at the heart of everything Curve does.

As a registered charity Curve is dedicated to the development of artistic talent in the community, providing a platform for local artists to share their work, enhance their skills and reach wider audiences. Each year, Curve celebrates this local talent at its Inside Out Festival which sees thousands of visitors enjoy a range of brand new work.

As well as its Breakthrough Artists and Community Groups, Curve also runs a dynamic youth theatre programme, Curve Young Company (CYC) for children and young adults aged 7 to 26. CYC participants meet regularly to develop their skills with professional training and regularly perform on Curve’s stages throughout the year.

Find out more by visiting Curve's website.

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Roman Leicester

(47- 500) A military fort was erected, attracting traders and a growing civilian community to Leicester (known as Ratae Corieltauvorum to the Romans). The town steadily grew throughout the reign of the Romans.

Tudor & Stuart Leicester

(1500 – 1700) The wool trade flourished in Leicester with one local, a former mayor named William Wigston, making his fortune. During the English Civil War a bloody battle was fought as the forces of King Charles I laid siege to the town.

Georgian Leicester

(1700 – 1837) The knitting industry had really stared to take hold and Leicester was fast becoming the main centre of hosiery manufacture in Britain. This new prosperity was reflected throughout the town with broader, paved streets lined with elegant brick buildings and genteel residences.

Victorian Leicester

(1837 – 1901) The industrial revolution had a huge effect on Leicester resulting in the population growing from 40,000 to 212,000 during this period. Many of Leicester's most iconic buildings were erected during this time as wealthy Victorians made their mark on the town.

Edwardian Leicester

(1901 – 1910) Electric trams came to the streets of Leicester and increased literacy among the citizens led to many becoming politicised. The famous 1905 ‘March of the Unemployed to London’ left from Leicester market when 30,000 people came to witness the historic event.

Modern Leicester

(1973 – present day) Industry was still thriving in the city during the 1970s, with the work opportunities attracting many immigrants from all over the world. While industry has declined in recent years, excellent transport links have made Leicester an attractive centre for many businesses. The City now has much to be proud of including its sporting achievements and the richness of its cultural heritage and diversity.

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Leisure & Entertainment

Silver Street and The Lanes

The area known as ‘The Lanes’ dates back to medieval Leicester with the street pattern remaining much the same for many centuries. Roughly following the ancient Roman road that connected the west and east gates of the town the street has had various names over the years but by 1587 it was known as Silver Street.

Welford Road Tigers Rugby Club

The name Tigers was first used by the Leicester Daily Post in 1895. In March 1892, a ten-year lease was signed for their new site, between Aylestone Road and Welford Road and opened on 10th September 1892. It is the largest purpose-built club rugby ground in the United Kingdom.

Guild Hall Colton Street

The Guild Hall was opened in 1909 by the Leicester Guild of the Crippled to provide a social centre for people with physical disabilities. As well as being “beautiful and commodious”, this Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau style building was very practical, being an early example of a structure that had been purposely designed to be fully accessible.

Victorian Turkish Baths

Turkish baths were once very fashionable with more than 600 in Britain. There were two Victorian Turkish baths in the centre of Leicester during the late 1800’s, the one surviving at 40 Friar Lane and the other being at 9 New Street around the corner.

Leicester Coffee and Cocoa Company Coffee Houses

Thomas Cook, a lifelong supporter of the Temperance Movement, was a founder member of the Leicester Coffee and Cocoa Company Ltd.

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