Eclectic mix for season at Curve
Curve's new season of shows promises a terrifying tale, a comic collection and its first operatic extravaganza.
Tickets for the latest season went on sale at the weekend.
The new spring/summer programme includes the chilling Woman in Black, numerous humorous performances from Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival and Mozart's opera Cosi fan tutte.
Curve's chief executive Fiona Allan said: "I'm very excited about the new season, it's a very eclectic mix – but there's also this season to finish as well.
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"Our Christmas show Hello, Dolly! will be fantastic.
"We've managed to entice Janie Dee back. She was great in the King and I, and I'm very happy she's here again."
The theatre boss also said she was looking forward to the return of Ceri Dupree, who is back with the disco-fuelled musical Hot Stuff, next April.
"Another highlight for me is Paul Kerryson bringing Hot Stuff back.
"Hot Stuff was written in Leicester, it's been performed here for years and it's one of the city's most successful shows."
The theatre also plays host to the English Touring Opera in March – the first time it has featured an operatic work.
Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival, which begins on February 8, is also using Curve to stage acts such as Al Murray and Barry Cryer.
Matthew Bourne also takes command of the Curve stage again with his haunting adaptation of Sleeping Beauty – a world premiere featuring the music of Tchaikovsky.
It is one of more than 50 new shows which make up the new season and tickets went on sale on Saturday.
The broad programme runs from January to August, next year.
The £60 million theatre has also announced it will stage a production of Shakespeare's Richard III.
However, the play would not feature until the following season.
Curve artistic director Paul Kerryson said: "We're looking ahead to our 2013 to 2014 programme as well.
"Following the huge international interest in England's notorious king, we will also be presenting a new production of Richard III."
As well as professional productions, Curve also prides itself on its community involvement and its programme of amateur performances.
Next July, its community production of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd takes to the stage, starring local actors and singers.
Fiona said: "It's so great we can have a mix of world-class professional performances such as Finding Neverland and then stage community projects at the same time.
"I went to see our new community dance group and they were amazing."
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