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Jason Manford to star in the Kander and Ebb musical Curtains - New Wimbledon Theatre and on tour

Jason Manford 'Frank Cioffi'. Photo by Seamus Ryan.

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

DAN Looney, Adam Paulden and Jason Haigh-Ellery for DLAP Entertainment are presenting a brand-new UK tour of the Tony Award-winning musical Curtains, starring comedian Jason Manford.

The production will open at Churchill Theatre, Bromley on the October 4, 2019 and will tour the UK and Ireland until April 4, 2020 where the production will complete its run at the Wolverhampton, Grand Theatre. En route, it will visit New Wimbledon Theatre from January 14 to January 18.

From the Tony Award-winning creators of Cabaret and Chicago, Curtains 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.

Curtains has music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, book by Rupert Holmes, original book and concept by Peter Stone with additional lyrics by John Kander and Rupert Holmes.

Detective ‘Frank Cioffi’ will be played by stand-up comedian, writer, actor, radio and television presenter Jason Manford, whose many theatre credits 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, Manford released his debut album A Different Stage which reached the 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, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, QI, Big Fat Quiz of the Year and 8 Out of 10 Cats. For his role as ‘Marty’ in the BBC One drama Ordinary Lies, he was nominated for Best Actor at the Royal Television Society Awards.

The production will be directed by Paul Foster (Kiss Me Kate and Annie Get Your Gun for Sheffield Crucible) and choreographed by 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 Theatre).

Musical supervision and 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 and sound design by Tom Marshall. Casting director is Jim Arnold CDG.

Full tour details can be found at www.curtainsmusical.com. Further venues and casting will be announced in due course.

Curtains is suitable for ages 12+.

Image: Jason Manford as ‘Frank Cioffi’. Photo by Seamus Ryan.