Pic copyright Phil Tragen 2019

The UK tour of the Tony award-winning musical CURTAINS which stars the previously announced Jason Manford as Detective Frank Cioffi which will coming to Manchester’s Palace Theatre from 8th – 12th October.

Joining Jason will be television presenter and Strictly Come Dancing star Ore Oduba who will play Aaron Fox in the Manchester run.

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.

Ore 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. Ore 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 is currently starring as Fantine in Les Misérables, at the Queens Theatre in London’s 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. Carley 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. Rebecca 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. Samuel’s West End credits include Mrs Henderson Presents at Noël Coward Theatre and Spamalot at Playhouse Theatre.

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. Alan’s 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.

The 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.

Photo credit: Phil Tragen Photography


Tuesday 8 – Saturday 12 October
Manchester Palace Theatre
0844 871 3018


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