Curve's King and I could waltz off with stage title
Curve has been nominated for an award in a prestigious national theatre competition – and Mercury readers can help it win the title.
The city theatre's Christmas 2010 production of The King and I has been nominated in the Best Touring Production category of this year's Theatrical Management Association (TMA) Awards.
Curve's artistic director Paul Kerryson's acclaimed production went on a six-month tour – from the Edinburgh Festival to Plymouth – and was enjoyed by more than 175,000 people nationwide.
There are four other shows in the category, which will be decided by a public vote, giving Curve's theatre-goers an opportunity to boost its chances of victory.
The theatre has also received a nomination in the Most Welcoming Theatre category.
Mr Kerryson said: "The King and I played to packed houses across the country during its tour earlier this year, taking Curve and Leicester to a national audience.
"We hope very much that those audiences, all 175,000 of them, and our loyal Curve audience will vote and help."
Curve chief executive Fiona Allan said: "The TMA Awards are of national importance and it is tremendously exciting to receive two nominations this year.
"Last year, we welcomed more than 220,000 people to Curve, whether to see a show, attend a conference or workshop or simply meet with friends for coffee or lunch and we are proud of the excellent service, across all areas, that we provide."
A theatre spokeswoman said she was delighted with the Most Welcoming Theatre nomination. Curve is one of three contenders in this category.
She said: "This nomination is recognition of Curve's excellence across all forms of customer service and its many and varied engagement programmes, which last year attracted more than 16,000 participants."
Thomas Evans, 23, of Narborough Road, Leicester, who recently saw Certified with Les Dennis at Curve, said: "The theatre is very welcoming and fairly priced. I will definitely be visiting again."
Bhavesh Bhatt, 34, unemployed, of Belgrave Gate, said: "I saw The King and I. It was my first theatre experience and I was very impressed with it all. I was taken aback at how well- produced everything was."
Barbara Stevens, 52, a personal assistant, from Enderby, said: "I've been to Curve several times and been blown away every time.
"Now I know it has been nominated for the award, I will definitely be voting for it."
The Theatre Awards UK 2012 will be presented at a lunchtime ceremony on Sunday, October 28, at the Guildhall in London.
Voting is open until midnight on Monday, October 22.
To vote in the Best Touring Production category visit:
http://www.thestage.co.uk/ features/2012/09/best-touring- production-theatre-awards-uk/