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Curve in Leicester to host winner of this year’s Peter Hall Director Award

Leicester's Curve theatre Leicester's Curve theatre. Photo: Iain Jaques
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A full-scale production will be staged at Curve in Leicester by an emerging director, as the venue becomes the host venue for an award in Peter Hall’s memory.

The Royal Theatrical Support Trust is working with Curve on the Peter Hall Director Award 2019, in partnership with the Rose Theatre Kington and English Touring Theatre.

Now in its fourth year, the award will be made to an up-and-coming director, who will get the opportunity to direct a “full-scale, fully funded production of a classic or modern play”.

The production will open in 2020 at Curve and then tour across the UK, with the RTST making a grant of £50,000 to Curve towards the cost of the winner’s production.

Curve chief executive Chris Stafford and artistic director Nikolai Foster, said: “It is truly an honour for us to be associated with such an important director scheme and especially one that bears the name of an individual who has done so much for theatre in this country.

“The RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award has enjoyed great success over the years, offering proper career progression for directors making the transition from smaller stages into larger-scale productions.”

The winning director will be chosen by a selection panel including Foster, director Lindsay Posner and designer Grace Smart.

Previous winners and runners-up include Kate Hewitt, Rebecca Frecknall and Tinuke Craig.

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