White Christmas guaranteed at Curve

Published: 1 December 2018

Leicester’s Curve aims to “banish the blues and nourish the soul” with its production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.

Chief executive Chris Stafford and artistic director Nikolai Foster said, “it’s shaping up to be another eccentric year, with much turbulence and uncertainty close to home and across the globe. White Christmas undoubtedly represents the very best festive escapism.

“Berlin’s magnificent score—some of the finest created for the American songbook—are woven around a suitably madcap, exuberant and funny story.

“At the end of a wonderful year of tenth anniversary celebrations, we’re proud to have brought together a cracking cast for our most ambitious Christmas production to date.”

Danny Mac takes the role of Bob Wallace who delivers the musical’s titular song. He played Joe Gillis in Curve’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard in 2017 for which he received the Manchester Theatre Award for best actor in a visiting production.

Emma Williams, who appeared in Curve’s world première of Douglas Day Stewart and Sharleen Cooper Cohen’s An Officer and a Gentleman the Musical, will play one half of the all-singing, all-dancing sister duo, Betty Haynes.

The cast also includes Monique Young, Dan Burton, Garry Robson, Wendy Mae Brown, Michael Anderson, Delycia Belgrave, Chantel Bellew, Luke Byrne, Sophie Camble, Roger Dipper, Nicholas Duncan, Davide Fienauri, Nia Jermin, Robbie McMillan, Jo Morris, Sam Murphy, Alex Tranter, Sion Tudor Owen, Alexandra Waite-Roberts and Bleu Woodward.

Foster directs. Choreography will be by Stephen Mear. White Christmas will run at Curve from Thursday 6 December until Sunday 13 January 2019. Press night will be Friday 14 December.

Steve Orme