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Kander and Ebb's Curtains, starring Jason Manford, to receive London premiere at Wyndham's Theatre

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

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE producers of the Tony Award-winning musical Curtains have announced that the show will premiere in London at Wyndham’s Theatre, playing 38 performances from December 13, 2019 to January 11, 2020.

Curtains is currently delighting audiences and critics on tour across the UK and stars comedian, actor and singer Jason Manford as Detective ‘Lt. Frank Cioffi’.

He will be joined by Carley Stenson as ‘Georgia Hendricks’, Rebecca Lock as ‘Carmen Bernstein’, Samuel Holmes as ‘Christopher Belling’, Leah Barbara West as ‘Niki Harris’, Alan Burkitt as ‘Bobby Pepper’ and Andy Coxon as ‘Aaron Fox.

The cast is completed by Emma Caffrey as ‘Bambi Bernet’, Adam Rhys-Charles as ‘Daryl Grady’, Martin Callaghan as ‘Oscar Shapiro’, Minal Patel as ‘Johnny Harmon’ and Mark Sangster as ‘Sidney Bernstein’. Joining them in the ensemble is, J.R. Ballantyne, Kathryn Barnes, Pamela Blair, Charlie Johnson, Robin Kent, Thomas-Lee Kid, Ben Mundy, Gleanne Purcell Brown, Samuel John-Humphreys and Nia Jermin.

The producers said: “We are incredibly proud of our show and delighted to be bringing it to the West End. The whole team have worked so hard to get the show to where it is today and we are thrilled we can show London audiences our wonderful production.”

This will mark the West End premiere of Kander and Ebb’s musical which first premiered on Broadway in 2007 and ran until June 2008. The production was nominated for eight Tony awards, with David Hyde Pierce taking home the award for Best Actor in a Musical for the role of ‘Lt. Frank Cioffi’ – the role now played by Jason Manford in the UK.

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 (Cabaret, Chicago), book by Rupert Holmes, original book and concept by Peter Stone with additional lyrics by John Kander and Rupert Holmes.

The production is directed by Paul Foster (Kiss Me Kate, Annie Get Your Gun, Sheffield Crucible) and choreographed by Alistair David (Ghost, West End/UK tour, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, The Sound of Music, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre).

Musical Supervisor and arrangements are by Sarah Travis (Curve Associate Artist, Sweeney Todd, Sister Act), with 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.

The musical opened in Bromley on October 4, 2019. After its London run, the show will continue on tour, opening on January 14, 2020 at New Wimbledon Theatre before visiting, Sunderland, Liverpool, Llandudno, Norwich, Northampton, Blackpool, Glasgow, Leicester, Wolverhampton before finishing its run in Southampton at the Mayflower Theatre on April 11, 2020.

Curtains is suitable for ages 12+.

Production images

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