Curve flies the flag in most successful year

Steve Orme

Leicester’s Curve enjoyed in 2016-17 its most successful year since it opened in 2008, the theatre’s annual review has disclosed.

Turnover increased by £1.5 million on the previous year to £11.7 million and nearly one million people either visited the theatre or saw one of its shows on tour. Curve shows performed in 53 different cities.

Chief executive Chris Stafford said, “not only have we increased turnover for the second consecutive year, nearly a million people—almost double last year—have engaged with our work either in one of our theatre spaces or through one of our touring productions.

“Curve on Tour has been a major step change in our business and I’m delighted we’ve been able to fly the flag for Leicester and our theatre on the road nationally and internationally, with five co-productions touring last year including our West End debut, Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

Ian Squires, chair of Leicester Theatre Trust, added, “in the past 12 months Curve has gone from strength to strength, attracting even more spectacular productions to Leicester and creating new and exciting work of our own under the direction of Nikolai Foster.

“Curve’s reach and influence continue to grow, with more and more people wanting to work with us and coming to see our work, and I’m truly excited to see what the next year brings.”