Reviews from Paul's pen

Reviews from Paul's pen


Leicester theatre autumn 2017

This autumn’s theatre roundup
Once again Leicester is spoilt for choice when it comes to cultural gluttony
Our three main theatres, Curve, DeMontfort Hall and The Little Theatre are crammed full of delights for the eyes and ears between now and Christmas
Curve has, as usual, a mixed bag of productions, both in-house and visiting, to suit all tastes. September starts off with the annual offering from LAOS. This year it is Parade, a ‘daring, gritty and bold’ story of miscarried justice. Further highlights are The Railway Children in October and my all time favourite movie translated to the stage, Sunset Boulevard, yet another Curve co-production prior to touring. Making a welcome return, for a third visit, is Paul Kerryson’s production of Hairspray. October sees the return of Curve’s very successful Inside Out Festival, a very accessible collection of performances in a variety of spaces within the theatre. Watch out for Curve Young Company’s Oaklhoma after their awesome Midsummer Night’s Dream. Once again Curve spoils us at Christmas with Scrooge and George’s Marvellous Medicine taking us into the New Year.
DeMontfort Hall, despite having a rolling series of renovations and improvements continuing, has a well stock festive cupboard for all tastes. For pure musical fans there is Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers, to my mind the perfect musical theatre production. Christmas is taken care of with the now traditional pantomime. This year it is Beauty and The Beast with Leicester’s own Sam Bailey. Between now and then there is the usual eclectic mix of stand up comedy, musical acts and headline bands.
Not to be outdone, The Little Theatre has the usual mix of thrillers, farces and musicals. All at affordable prices. Where else can you get to see Les Miserable or Annie for less than £15? Alongside the visiting productions there is the annual pantomime. This year it is Dick Whittington.
Just up the road from The Little is the often overlooked Y Theatre. This 117 year old theatre is home to a wide selection of one nighters ranging from comedians to bands to ballet.
Of course we mustn’t forget our very own Upstairs at The Western, Leicester’s only pub theatre. This very popular venue, now in its second season under new management, has a wide range of shows, many running for more than one night or on a monthly basis. Find The Write Words is the immensely popular poetry nights. This season there is a ew regular comedy night, Jestin’ at The Western hosted by local legend Dan Nicholas. There is also the return of the well respected comedy workshops
Full details of all the above venues can be found online  at:

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