A spring show at Leicester’s Curve Theatre has been hailed a huge success after attracting audiences from all over the world.
The show Gypsy, which ran for five weeks until the middle of April, was visited by more than 18,000 people, including audience members from Ireland, Sweden, France, US, Bahrain and Australia.
Local youngsters and dogs were among the cast for the show as well as members of a professional theatre company.
Lulu-Mae Pears, 10, from Leicester, was one of two girls to share the part of Baby June in the show.
She said: “I can’t believe I was given the chance to play Baby June, it’s amazing!
“We’ve all worked hard and had a fantastic time at Curve. I have loved every minute of it.”
Curve’s artistic director Paul Kerryson said: “Gypsy has been a true pleasure.
“The production has been a real team effort from the talented cast, creative team, orchestra, local children and dogs and the team at Curve.
“It is a show which is rarely performed in the UK and we are proud to have created this in Leicester.
“We are thrilled at how well it has been received and how many new audiences it has attracted to the theatre and city.”
Olivia Price, 11, from Leicester, played the role of young Louise in the production.
She said: “I feel privileged to have been chosen for the part of Louise.
“I’ve made lots of new friends and hope this is the start of my performing career.”