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Did Harvey Weinstein's Finding Neverland hit high notes with Katherine Jenkins?


The world premiere run of Harvey Weinstein's Finding Neverland draws to a close this week after delighting packed out audiences at Curve.

More than 18,000 people have been to see the stage adaptation of the Hollywood film since it premiered in September.

The show has entertained theatre-lovers and celebrities alike, welcoming A-listers such as Irish rockers Bono and The Edge – who were invited to the opening night.

On Saturday, Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins also visited the city's £60 million theatre to see the musical production.

Curve chief executive Fiona Allan said: "We couldn't be happier with the huge success of Finding Neverland, the biggest musical ever to play in Leicester.

"The show has attracted people from all over the country, and bringing the Weinstein Company to Leicester has been a terrific opportunity for both Curve and the city.

"We're really proud to have hosted the world premiere of this impressive musical."

Mercury theatre critic Lizz Brain said: "It's had a lot of money spent on it and it's done wonders for Curve's reputation, which can only be good for the theatre.

"It just shows the money and kudos that someone like Harvey Weinstein can bring to a venue."

The show is inspired by the 2004 film Finding Neverland, based on the Scottish writer JM Barrie.

It tells the story of his platonic relationship with Sylvia Llewelyn Davies and friendship with her four young sons, who inspire the magical world of Peter Pan.

British stage and screen actor Julian Ovenden plays JM Barrie, while West End actress Rosalie Craig takes the role of Sylvia. The show, directed and choreographed by Olivier Award-winner Rob Ashford, runs until Thursday. It has received rapturous applause from audiences but has had a mixed reaction from critics.

Lizz said: "New musicals obviously take a lot of time to develop and it's rare that anything gets rave reviews on the opening night.

"It's got pirates and it's a bit Disney and a bit panto and never really finds itself.

"But there's talk of it going to the West End, and I'm sure it will be polished and refined before it hits the stage there."

The theatre is also set to welcomes another big name to its recent visitor list.

George Obama – brother to US president Barack – will visit Curve tonight to watch the premiere of a play about his life. Obama the Mamba tells the story of the American president's half brother, George, from Nairobi.

Written by Kevin Fegan, it portrays the self-styled leader of the most lawless slum – Huruma – while one brother made it to the pinnacle of First World power.

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