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Ore Oduba and Carley Stenson join Jason Manford in UK tour of Curtains

Ore Oduba

Casting news

FULL casting has been announced for the UK tour of Kander and Ebb’s Tony award-winning musical Curtains, which stars the previously announced Jason Manford as Detective ‘Frank Cioffi’.

Joining Manford will be television presenter and Strictly Come Dancing star Ore Oduba (pictured top) who will play ‘Aaron Fox’ in selected venues (in Bromley, Manchester, Cardiff, Sheffield, New Wimbledon Theatre, Sunderland, Liverpool, Norwich, Northampton, Blackpool, Glasgow, Wolverhampton and Southampton).

The cast also includes musical theatre actress Carley Stenson (pictured below) as ‘Georgia Hendriks’, Rebecca Lock as ‘Carmen’, Samuel Holmes as ‘Christopher Belling’, Leah West as ‘Niki Harris’ and Alan Burkitt as ‘Bobby’.

Ore Oduba is best known for winning the 14th series of BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing and has now become a familiar face on primetime and daytime television. His presenting credits include BBC One’s The One Show and ITV’s This Morning. Oduba previously appeared as a host on stage for the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour and will be making his theatrical debut as ‘Teen Angel’ in the UK Tour of Grease later this month.

Carley Stenson is currently starring as ‘Fantine’ in Les Misérables, at the Queens Theatre in the West End. Her other West End credits include ‘Elle Woods’ in Legally Blonde at The Savoy Theatre, ‘Princess Fiona’ in Shrek the Musical at Theatre Royal Dury Lane and ‘Lady of the Lake’ in Spamalot at The Playhouse Theatre. She has also played ‘Christine Colgate’ in the UK Tour of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Stenson is probably best known for her television work and playing ‘Steph Cunningham’ in Channel Four’s Hollyoaks.

Rebecca Lock most recently starred in Heathers The Musical at the Haymarket Theatre in London. Her other West End credits include Mamma Mia! at The Novello Theatre, The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre, and Cats at New London Theatre. She also starred as ‘Mrs Banks’ in the national tour of Mary Poppins.

Samuel Holmes most recently starred in the UK tour of The Wedding Singer. His West End credits include Mrs Henderson Presents at the Noël Coward Theatre and Spamalot at the Playhouse Theatre.

Carley Stenson

Leah West previously starred in Disney’s film Beauty and the Beast and ITV drama Unforgotten. Her previous theatre credits include Grand Hotel and Allegro both at Southwark Playhouse and the UK Tour of The Smallest Show On Earth.

Alan Burkitt was in the original West End Cast of Top Hat at the Aldwych Theatre and then went on to play the lead role of ‘Jerry’ in the UK national tour. His other theatre credits include We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre, Singin’ in the Rain and ‪42nd Street both at Chichester Festival Theatre.

They are all joined by Emma Caffrey as ‘Bambi’, Adam Rhys-Charles as ‘Daryl Grady’, Martin Callaghan as ‘Oscar Shapiro’, Minal Petal as ‘Johnny Harmon’ and Mark Sangster as ‘Sidney’.

Joining them in the ensemble is Kathryn Barnes, Pamela Blair, Charlie Johnson, Kate Ivory Jordan, Robin Kent, Thomas Lee-Kid, Ben Mundy, Gleanne Purcell-Brown and Samuel John-Humphreys.

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

Read more about Jason Manford and Curtains.

Curtains will visit New Wimbledon Theatre from January 14 to January 18, 2020.