The theatre has confirmed details of Rent: The Concert which will run at the theatre from the 10th August.

The Curve Leicester has announced that it will be reviving the Pulitzer and Tony award-winning rock musical in concert this Summer.

Featuring a book, music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson, this concert production is set to be directed by the theatre’s Artistic Director Nikolai Foster (Sunset Boulevard – at Home, West Side Story, White Christmas).

Inspired by Puccini’s classic opera La Bohème, the musical follows a year in the life of eight struggling young artists in New York’s Lower East Side as they attempt to navigate a world overshadowed by the HIV/AIDs pandemic, addiction, poverty and homophobia. The score includes the songs ‘Take Me Or Leave Me’, ‘Seasons of Love’ and ‘Rent’.

Talking about the news, Curve’s Chief Executive Chris Stafford and Nikolai Foster commented: “As we emerge from this pandemic, it feels timely to reflect on the resilience and courage which defined the lives of so many during the 1980s HIV/AIDS pandemic. Jonathan Larson’s astonishing Pulitzer Prize winning musical RENT represents one of musical theatre’s greatest triumphs, defining an entire era through its blazing music and iconic characters. It is simply one of the greats and we are thrilled to present it in a staged concert at Curve, in our epic, in-the-round arena. Celebrating community, the exhilarating joy of music, the power of artists and the sheer life force of young people, we are looking forward to literally raising the roof this summer at Curve.”

This announcement follows the news that the Curve is set to fully reopen on the 1st July, in line with the government roadmap, with performances of Peter James’ Looking Good Dead. Last week Curve announced its plans for a socially distanced season to welcome audiences back from May, including Resident Creatives New Work (21st – 22nd May), Aakash Odedra’s Rising (24th – 25th May), Am Dram: A Musical Comedy (27th – 29th May) and The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (7th – 19th June).

Tickets for Rent: The Concert will go on sale to Curve Friends on Wednesday 28th April, Supporters on Thursday 29th April and Members on Friday 30th April. Tickets will be on general sale from Tuesday 4th May, all at 12 noon. Tickets can be purchased online at www.curveonline.co.uk