This information was updated on 7th January, 2020
Jason Manford will star in Curtains the musical. The Curtains UK Tour will be making a pit stop in the West End this Christmas before resuming its tour.
From the Tony Award-winning creators of ‘Cabaret’ and ‘Chicago’, the Curtains UK Tour tells the story of Jessica Cranshaw, star of the new Broadway-bound musical Robbin Hood, who has been murdered on stage on opening night! The entire cast and crew are suspects. Time to call in the local detective, Frank Cioffi, who just happens to be a huge musical theatre fan. With a nose for crime and an ear for music, Frank has his work cut out trying to find the killer whilst giving the show a lifeline.
Detective ‘Frank Cioffi’ will be played by stand-up comedian, writer, actor, radio and television presenter Jason Manford. Jason has many theatre credits to his name including playing ‘Caractacus Potts’ in the UK Tour of “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” and ‘Leo Bloom’ in the UK Tour of “The Producers”. His London theatrical credits include playing ‘Pirelli’ in “Sweeney Todd” at The Adelphi Theatre and ‘Nathan Detroit’ in “Guys and Dolls” at the Royal Albert Hall. In 2017 Jason released his debut album “A Different Stage” which reached Top 10 in the UK Charts. He has toured internationally as a stand-up comedian, and is a popular face on UK television having appeared on programmes including “Live At The Apollo” (BBC One), “Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow” (BBC One), “QI” (BBC Two), “Big Fat Quiz of the Year” (Channel 4) and “8 Out of 10 Cats” (Channel 4). Jason was nominated for Best Actor at the Royal Television Society Awards for his role as ‘Marty’ in the BBC One drama “Ordinary Lies”.
Joining Jason will be television presenter and ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ star Ore Oduba who will play ‘Aaron Fox’ in selected venues, full details below.
Completing the cast is musical theatre actress Carley Stenson as ‘Georgia Hendriks’, Rebecca Lock as ‘Carmen’, Samuel Holmes as ‘Christopher Belling’, Leah West as ‘Niki Harris’ and Alan Burkitt as ‘Bobby’.
Music is by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb (“Cabaret” and “Chicago”), book by Rupert Holmes, original book and concept by Peter Stone with additional lyrics by John Kander and Rupert Holmes.
The production will be directed by Paul Foster (“Kiss Me Kate” and “Annie Get Your Gun” for Sheffield Crucible), choreographer is Alistair David (“Ghost” West End and UK tour and “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” and “The Sound of Music” both for Regent’s Park Open Air), Musical Supervisor & Arrangements are by Sarah Travis (Curve Associate Artist, “Sweeney Todd”, “Sister Act”), Set Design by David Woodhead, Costume Design by Gabriella Slade, Lighting Design by Tim Mitchell, Sound Design is by Tom Marshall and Casting Director is Jim Arnold CDG.
The producing team is made up of Dan Looney, Adam Paulden and Jason Haigh-Ellery for DLAP entertainment. The production was originally produced on Broadway by Roger Berlin, Roger Horchow, Daryl Roth, Jane Bergere, Ted Hartley and Center Theatre Group. The American Premiere was produced at The Ahmanson Theatre by Center Theatre Group, LA’s Theatre Company.
CURTAINS UK TOUR DATES & WEST END
13 December 2019 – 11 January 2020
Wyndham’s Theatre, London
Tuesday 14 – Saturday 18 January 2020
New Wimbledon Theatre, London *Ore Oduba appearing
Tuesday 21 – Saturday 25 January 2020
Sunderland Empire *Ore Oduba appearing
Tuesday 28 January – Saturday 1 February 2020
Liverpool Empire *Ore Oduba appearing
4 – 8 February 2020
Venue Cymru, Llandudno
11 – 15 February 2020
Norwich Theatre Royal *Ore Oduba appearing
Tuesday 25 – Saturday 29 February 2020
Royal and Derngate Northampton *Ore Oduba appearing
3 – 7 March 2019
Blackpool Opera House *Ore Oduba appearing
Tuesday 10 – Saturday 14 March 2020
King’s Theatre Glasgow
Monday 16 – Saturday 21 March 2020
Haymarket Theatre, Leicester
Tuesday 31 March – Saturday 4 April 2020
Wolverhampton Grand Theatre *Ore Aduba appearing
6 – 11 April 2019
Mayflower Theatre Southampton *Ore Aduba appearing
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CURTAINS UK TOUR PAST DATES
Friday 4 – Sunday 6 October 2019
Bromley Churchill Theatre
*Ore Oduba appearing
Tuesday 8 – Saturday 12 October 2019
Manchester Palace Theatre *Ore Oduba appearing
Monday 14 – Saturday 19 October 2019
Cardiff New Theatre *Ore Oduba appearing
Monday 28 October – Saturday 2 November 2019
Sheffield Lyceum *Ore Oduba appearing
Tuesday 5 – Saturday 9 November 2019
The Alexandra Birmingham
Monday 11 – Saturday 16 November 2019
Monday 25 – Saturday 30 November 2019
Orchard Theatre, Dartford
Tuesday 3 – Saturday 7 December 2019
Stoke-On-Trent Regent Theatre