London Show News
|RHYS IFANS IS CONFIRMED AS PLAYING ATTICUS FINCH IN WEST END'S TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (10 DECEMBER 2019)|
|Rhys Ifans will play the iconic role of Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, the new play by Aaron Sorkin based on Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, directed by Bartlett Sher, which will open in London's West End in 2020. Further casting will be announced.
To Kill a Mockingbird will preview at London's Gielgud Theatre from 21 May 2020 with opening night on 11 June 2020.
Harper Lee's enduring story of racial injustice and childhood innocence has sold more than 45 million copies worldwide. Next year will mark the 60th anniversary of its publication.
Set in Alabama in 1934, To Kill a Mockingbird centres on one of the most venerated characters in American literature, the small-town lawyer Atticus Finch. The cast of characters includes Atticus's daughter Scout, her brother Jem, their housekeeper and caretaker Calpurnia, their visiting friend Dill, a mysterious neighbour the reclusive Arthur "Boo" Radley, and the other indelible residents of Maycomb, Alabama.
To Kill a Mockingbird, celebrating one year on Broadway last month, has not played to a single empty seat and holds the benchmark of having become the most successful American play in Broadway history. A national tour of the United States opens at The Kennedy Center in Washington DC in August 2020. To Kill a Mockingbird is designed by Miriam Buether, with costumes by Ann Roth, lighting by Jennifer Tipton, sound by Scott Lehrer and an original score by Adam Guettel.
Rhys Ifans has just completed a main stage run of On Bear Ridge at the Royal Court Theatre playing John Daniel. On stage, he recently played the title role in Eugene Ionesco's Exit the King (National Theatre), The Fool in King Lear (Old Vic) and caused a sensation in the one-man show Protest Song (National Theatre). He also starred as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol (Old Vic). Ifans' extensive film work includes Official Secrets, Snowden, Shekhar Kapur's Elizabeth, Greenberg directed by Noah Baumbach, Nanny McPhee, Harry Potter, Mr Nice, Anonymous, The Amazing Spider-Man, Enduring Love and, of course, Richard Curtis' Notting Hill. He won a BAFTA for his performance as comedian Peter Cook in Not Only But Always and will next appear in the new comedy drama film Misbehaviour, directed by Philippa Lowethorpe, and in Matthew Vaughn's latest film Kingsman: The Great Game.
|IMELDA STAUNTON TO HEADLINE NEW PRODUCTION OF THE ICONIC MUSICAL HELLO DOLLY! (28 NOVEMBER 2019)|
|Imelda Staunton is back where she belongs in Hello, Dolly! as one of the most iconic musicals of all time comes to the Adelphi Theatre in 2020. This brand new production reunites Imelda with director Dominic Cooke, following the critically acclaimed production of Follies at the National Theatre.
With an unforgettable score by the legendary Jerry Herman, Hello, Dolly! will begin performances at the Adelphi Theatre in London on Tuesday 11 August 2020 for a strictly limited 30-week season (Press Night: Thursday 27 August 2020). Tickets go on sale today.
Multi Olivier and BAFTA Award winning Staunton plays meddlesome socialite turned matchmaker Dolly Levi, as she travels to Yonkers, New York to find a match for the miserly, unmarried 'half-a-millionaire' Horace Vandergelder. But everything changes when she decides that the next match she needs to make is for herself.
With music and lyrics by Jerry Herman (La Cage aux Folles, Mack and Mabel, Mame) and book by Michael Stewart (42nd Street, Mack and Mabel, Barnum), Hello, Dolly! is one of the most iconic musicals of all time. Jerry Herman's timeless score includes 'Put On Your Sunday Clothes', 'Ribbons Down My Back', 'Before the Parade Passes By', 'Elegance', 'It Only Takes a Moment' and of course, 'Hello, Dolly!'.
Imelda Staunton and Dominic Cooke most recently worked together to spectacular effect with the critically acclaimed National Theatre production of Stephen Sondheim's Follies. Now Hello, Dolly! reunites star and director in this classic Broadway musical.
Hello, Dolly! also reunites Imelda Staunton with producers Michael Harrison and David Ian. Their production of Gypsy at the Savoy Theatre was awarded the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, and for which Imelda also won the Olivier Award for Best Actress In A Musical for her acclaimed portrayal of Momma Rose.
Imelda Staunton commented: "Well, I'm delighted and daunted in equal measure to be doing a new production of Hello, Dolly! in London next year. I am so excited to be working again with Dominic Cooke, Michael Harrison and David Ian, and we all can't wait to bring Hello, Dolly! - which is a truly joyous show - back to the West End after all these years. "
Further casting for the production will be announced at a later date.
|WAITRESS ANNOUNCES FURTHER WEST END EXTENSION (22 NOVEMBER 2019)|
|The producers of Waitress announced today a further extension to the West End run. The show will finish its run at the Adelphi Theatre on 4 July 2020.
Following the West End, the production will embark on a UK-wide tour which will take in Manchester, Birmingham, Milton Keynes, Glasgow, Plymouth, Dartford, Eastbourne, Liverpool, Woking, Stoke, Ipswich, Aberdeen, Bristol, Canterbury, Dublin, Nottingham, Cardiff, Truro, Llandudno, Leeds, Hull, Southend, Wolverhampton, Oxford, Edinburgh, Southampton, Northampton, Crawley, Sunderland, Wimbledon, Bromley and Sheffield. Full details of the tour will be announced soon. Following the tour producers plan for the show to return to the West End.
Waitress celebrated its official opening night at the Adelphi Theatre on 7 March 2019. In addition to London, Waitress is now playing on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theater until 5 January 2020, on a North American tour, and will open in Australia and Holland in 2020, and Japan in 2021. The show's producers are also in talks with over 20 international markets about future productions. The Waitress US tour is approaching a hugely successful 2-years on the road, currently extended to continue into 2021.
Based on the 2007 motion picture written by Adrienne Shelly, Waitress is the first Broadway musical in history to have four women in the four top creative team spots, with a book by Jessie Nelson, a score by six-time Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, choreography by Lorin Latarro and direction by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus.
Waitress tells the story of Jenna, an expert pie maker in a small town, who dreams of a way out of her loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town's new doctor may offer her a chance at a new life, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes to happiness. But Jenna must find the courage and strength within herself to rebuild her life. This American musical celebrates friendship, motherhood, and the magic of a well-made pie.
On its Broadway opening, Waitress was nominated for four Outer Critics' Circle Awards, including Outstanding New Broadway Musical; two Drama League Award Nominations, including Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical; six Drama Desk Nominations, including Outstanding Musical; and four Tony Award Nominations, including Best Musical.
Waitress is produced by Barry and Fran Weissler and Norton and Elayne Herrick.
|FINAL CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR LEOPOLDSTADT (21 NOVEMBER 2019)|
|Sonia Friedman Productions have announced final casting for the world premiere of Tom Stoppard's Leopoldstadt, to be directed by Patrick Marber.
Now booking to 13 June 2020, Leopoldstadt begins previews at Wyndham's Theatre on 25 January 2020 with opening night on 12 February 2020.
Faye Castelow, Felicity Davidson, Avye Leventis and Sadie Shimmin join the previously announced adult cast - Sebastian Armesto, Jenna Augen, Rhys Bailey, Joe Coen, Mark Edel-Hunt, Clara Francis, Ilan Galkoff, Caroline Gruber, Sam Hoare, Natalie Law, Noof McEwan, Dorothea Myer-Bennett, Jake Neads, Aaron Neil, Alexander Newland, Yasmin Paige, Adrian Scarborough, Griffin Stevens, Ed Stoppard, Luke Thallon, Eleanor Wyld and Alexis Zegerman.
Jarlan Bogolubov, Ramsay Robertson and Joshua Schneider join the previously announced children's cast - Toby Cohen, Zachary Cohen, Olivia Festinger, Tamar Laniado, Maya Larholm, Daniel Lawson, Louis Levy, Libby Lewis, Jack Meredith, Chloe Raphael, Beatrice Rapstone and Montague Rapstone comprising three sets of five children.
Set designs are by Richard Hudson, with costume designs by Brigitte Reiffenstuel, lighting by Neil Austin, sound and original music by Adam Cork, and movement by EJ Boyle. Casting is by Amy Ball CDG, with children's casting by Verity Naughton.
Tom Stoppard's new play, directed by Patrick Marber, is an intimate drama with an epic sweep; the story of a family who made good. "My grandfather wore a caftan," says Hermann, a factory owner, "my father went to the opera in a top hat, and I have the singers to dinner." It was not to last. Over the next fifty years this family, like millions of others, was to re-discover what it meant to be Jewish in the first half of the 20th century. Leopoldstadt is a passionate drama of love, endurance and loss. It is Stoppard's most humane and heart-breaking play.
Leopoldstadt, the sixth collaboration between SFP and Tom Stoppard, reunites Stoppard, Marber and Friedman who last collaborated on Travesties in 2017.
Leopoldstadt is co-produced with Gavin Kalin Productions, Scott Rudin, Tulchin Bartner Productions, Scott M. Delman/Patrick Gracey in association with Rupert Gavin, 1001 Nights Productions, Nica Burns, Burnt Umber Productions, Bradford W. Edgerton, Eilene Davidson Productions, Richard Winkler.
|NOAH THOMAS IS THE NEW JAMIE (19 NOVEMBER 2019)|
|Everybody's Talking About Jamie, the award-winning feel good musical sensation, is pleased to announce that Noah Thomas is to play the title role of Jamie New from Monday 6 January 2020 at the Apollo Theatre in the West End.
Nica Burns, Producer of Everybody's Talking About Jamie said: "Noah was the 211th and final performer we auditioned for Jamie. After he'd sung the opening number and read the first scene, I was tingling with excitement. We had found our Jamie. Noah is making his professional debut in one of the biggest and most demanding roles in musical theatre: it needs a really good actor who can also sing and dance to the highest level. We never imagined we would be casting a 20 year old drama school student at the start of his career. Noah is going to be a fantastic Jamie and the possibilities for his future are boundless."
Noah Thomas, Jamie New, said: "What a whirlwind! Only two weeks ago I was studying at Mountview and had very little time to prepare for the audition, which I saw as a chance to gain some experience in the industry. I was asked back the next day, not expecting anything, and they asked me if I would like to play Jamie. I couldn't believe it. Nica told me to go outside the theatre and look up. It was then I realised that my face would be in lights on Shaftesbury Avenue. This is so surreal and I am so ready for whatever this experience holds."
Stephen Jameson, Principal and Artistic Director of Mountview drama school said: "Noah was performing in our production of Guys and Dolls when he auditioned for the Jamie creative team and we are delighted they recognised Noah's incredible talent. Their decision to cast him in this amazing West End role before he had even finished training at Mountview is testament to his dedication and flair. Staff and students wish him well in this exciting start to his professional career."
Noah was born and brought up in South London. His first experiences of theatre came at the age of five when he saw the shows Annie and The Lion King and seeing children like himself on stage inspired him to want to become a performer. His parents, both civil servants, actively encouraged his interest and with the guidance of a theatre loving neighbour he enrolled in Stagecoach and the ABC Ballet School. He was cast in Oliver! at Theatre Royal Drury Lane aged 11 giving him a taste for the profession.
Aged 14 he successfully auditioned for the BRIT School where he further honed his skills in acting, singing and dancing leading to him getting a place at Mountview in 2017, where he recently started his final year and was the Student Union's Gender Relations Officer.
Casting Jamie was a long process with the Producers and creatives of the show embarking on a national search to find the next Jamie New. Noah initially missed the open auditions at the Apollo Theatre in June as his Mum was receiving an MBE at Buckingham Palace that same day. He told her 'There will be many auditions in the future but you will only go to the Palace once. I need to be with you, Dad and Grace' (his sister). However, he was offered a second opportunity to audition and following a call back the next day was offered the role there and then.
Noah Thomas takes over from Layton Williams who, with Shane Richie, will be leading the first UK tour of Everybody's Talking About Jamie opening in Sheffield in February 2020. Noah is the third actor to play the title role in the musical, also following John McCrea who originated the role at Sheffield Crucible Theatre in February 2017 and opened the production in the West End.
Everybody's Talking About Jamie recently celebrated its second birthday in the West End and is currently booking until 29 August 2020.
Further casting for January 2020 is to be announced.
|LAURA WADE'S THE WATSONS TRANSFERS TO THE WEST END|
|Following sold-out runs at both Chichester Festival Theatre and the Menier Chocolate Factory, Laura Wade's The Watsons transfers to the West End in 2020. The production opens at the Harold Pinter Theatre on 19 May, with previews from 8 May, and runs until 26 September.
Directed by Samuel West, The Watsons played to critical acclaim at Chichester Festival Theatre in 2018, and completes its run at the Menier this Saturday, 16 November.
Nineteen and new in town, Emma Watson's been cut off by her wealthy aunt. She needs to marry, and fast, or be faced with a life of poverty and spinsterhood stuck in her humdrum family home. Luckily, she has plenty of prospective suitors asking to dance, from dashing socialite Tom Musgrave to the stinking rich, socially awkward Lord Osborne. Which partner to pick?
So far, so familiar, but that's when Jane Austen stopped writing. Two hundred years on, her forgotten heroine's happy ending still hangs in the balance. Picking up an unfinished novel, Olivier Award-winner Wade's new comedy pops the bonnet on Jane Austen's world and asks: what happens when a writer loses the plot and fictional characters take control of their tale?
Joining West in the creative team are designer Ben Stones, lighting designer Richard Howell and sound designer Gregory Clarke, with movement by Mike Ashcroft and music by Isobel Waller-Bridge.
|BIANCA DEL RIO RETURNS AND PREEYA KALIDAS JOINS THE CAST OF EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE (12 NOVEMBER 2019)|
|Everybody's Talking About Jamie, the award-winning feel good musical sensation, is delighted to welcome BAFTA and Olivier Award nominee actress, singer and radio presenter Preeya Kalidas from 17 November 2019 and thrilled to welcome back Roy Haylock, best known as his Drag alter ego, Bianca Del Rio, to reprises his West End debut role of Hugo/Loco Chanelle from 9 December 2019.
Preeya Kalidas said: "I fell in love with Everybody's Talking About Jamie from the first time I saw it. The music is contagious, the diversity of talent being represented on a West End stage is incredible. So to be joining the cast as Miss Hedge, I am extremely excited to be part of a show that makes the audience feel so elated, and reminds us all that being unafraid to do and be whoever you want to be can be extremely powerful."
Roy Haylock said: "I'm so thrilled and excited to be re-joining the cast of Everybody's Talking About Jamie in the West End! I had such a blast playing Hugo/Loco Chanelle earlier this year. I'm honoured and beyond grateful to have the opportunity to work with such an incredibly talented cast and crew once again!"
Nica Burns, Producer of Everybody's Talking About Jamie said: "As Everybody's Talking About Jamie starts its third fabulous year in the West End, we are delighted to welcome back the equally fabulous Roy Haylock/Bianca Del Rio as Hugo /Loco Chanelle and the much loved musical theatre and TV star Preeya Kalidas as Miss Hedge. Roy was a huge hit with audiences when he performed the role earlier this year and Preeya always brings a star performance to every show she is in. "
Preeya Kalidas is a stage and screen actress best known for playing Amira Masood in BBC's EastEnders. Preeya also starred in the British smash hit film Bend it Like Beckham, and then later originated the role of Pinky in the original West End musical cast, for which she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the Olivier Awards. Her other film credits include: Empire award winning Four Lions, East is East, Sari and Trainers, Jump Boy and Bollywood Queen. TV credits include: C4's Britz alongside Riz Ahmed, BBC's Bodies , BBC's England Expects with Steven Mackintosh, Carrie in BBC's Mistresses, BBC's Bedtime, BBC's Casualty, BBC's Doctors, BBC's Goggle eyes, BBC's Banglatown Banquet, Carmen in BBC Three Bollywood Carmen (BAFTA Nominated). Theatre credits include: Aisha in Chiaroscuro at Bush Theatre, Priya in AR Rahmans Bombay Dreams at London's Victoria Apollo Theatre, Loraina in Oxford Street at The Royal Court, Narrator in revival of Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at the Adelphi Theatre , Reema in Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti's Khandan at Royal Court/ Birmingham Rep, Patty Di Marco in the Original London Cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber's School Of Rock. Preeya currently hosts her own radio show on BBC Asian Network every Sunday afternoon from 1pm.
Roy Haylock, as Bianca Del Rio, was the season six winner of the hit TV series RuPaul's Drag Race. A self-proclaimed "clown in a gown," he received the Best New Television Personality Award from NewNowNext in 2014 and made Variety magazine's list of Top 10 Comics To Watch for 2015. The New York Times called Haylock the "Joan Rivers of the Drag World", and Joan Rivers herself referred to him as "So funny! So sharp!" Since winning RuPaul's Drag Race, Roy has completed three solo stand-up tours to sold-out audiences around the world, starred in two feature films (Hurricane Bianca and Hurricane Bianca: From Russia with Hate) which are now available on Netflix, and wrote his first book: Blame It On Bianca Del Rio: The Expert on Nothing With an Opinion on Everything. As Bianca, he made guest appearances on MTV's Mardi Gras with Britney Spears and Carson Daly and In Bed With Joan starring Joan Rivers, as well as starred in the LogoTV Christmas special Not Today Bianca. On stage Haylock has had theatrical starring roles that include Angel in Rent, the Emcee in Cabaret, Miss Industrial Northeast in Pageant, and Miss Mazeppa in Gypsy. Roy is wrapping up his fourth solo stand-up show, It's Jester Joke, which reached six continents and over 25 countries in 2019. The tour included performances at New York City's Carnegie Hall and London's Wembley Arena, where he was the first time a drag queen to headline both of these venues with a solo act.
Preeya and Roy will join cast members: Layton Williams (Jamie New), Alex Anstey (Laika Virgin), Alexander Archer (Mickey), Luke Baker (Dean Paxton), Marvyn Charles (Swing), Daniel Davids (Levi), Marlon G Day (Dad), Momar Diagne, Melissa Jacques (Margaret), Zahra Jones (Becca), James Gillan (Tray Sophisticay), Daniel Jacob (Sandra Bollock), Emily Kenwright (Vicki), Sejal Keshwala (Ray), Luke Latchman (Sayid), Jordan Laviniere (Cy), Harriet Payne (Bex), Sabrina Sandhu (Pritti Pasha), Rachel Seirian (Swing), Biancha Szynal (Swing), Adam Taylor (Swing) and Tilly La Belle Yengo (Fatimah).
|JASON DONOVAN & JAC YARROW RETURN TO JOSEPH IN 2020 (11 NOVEMBER 2019)|
|Jason Donovan and Jac Yarrow will be back at the London Palladium in 2020 when the hit production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat returns following its season this year.
Jason Donovan will return in the role of Pharaoh. He was originally in the show when he made his defining stage performance as the title character of Joseph in the 1990s in a sold-out 18-month run.
Jac Yarrow made his professional stage debut playing Joseph, following in the footsteps of a line of stars who have previously played the title character. His portrayal of Joseph won him unanimous acclaim, with his rendition of 'Close Every Door To Me' regularly stopping the show with standing ovations.
Performances will begin on 2 July 2020, with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat playing a strictly limited 10-week season through until 6 September 2020 (gala night is 16 July 2020).
Jason Donovan commented;
"Following on from the success of this year's awesome, reimagined version of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, I'm delighted to be returning in the summer of 2020 to reprise my role as the Pharaoh.
"This year was an absolute joy. Joseph has such a special connection with its audience and it has a huge emotional connection for me. Quite simply the show is pure musical magic. To be able to lean on the past yet build something new for the role of Pharaoh is an opportunity that cannot be done just once, and for performer or audience member alike, it just doesn't get much better than the Palladium experience."
Jac Yarrow added; "Playing the iconic role of Joseph at its spiritual home, The Palladium, last summer was what I thought was a once-in-a-life-time opportunity. When I was asked to step back into the Dreamcoat for a second time, I couldn't quite believe it. I can't wait to be back!"
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat enjoyed a completely sold out season this year, with audiences giving the new production nightly standing ovations.
Further casting for 2020 will be announced at a later date.
|BEVERLEY KNIGHT STARS IN THE WORLD PREMIERE OF THE DRIFTERS GIRL (8 NOVEMBER 2019)|
|The Drifters Girl will make its world premiere at Newcastle Theatre Royal in the new year, before transferring to the West End's Garrick Theatre in London for a strictly limited season of 20 weeks. The brand new musical, starring Beverley Knight, tells the remarkable story of one of the world's greatest vocal groups, The Drifters, and the woman who made them.
The Drifters Girl, directed by Jonathan Church (Singin' In The Rain), begins performances in Newcastle on 5 September 2020, playing for 15 performances until 19 September. It then transfers to London's Garrick Theatre, where - following the limited season of City of Angels - it runs from 1 October 2020, with a press night 22 October 2020.
Beverley Knight stars as Faye Treadwell, the legendary manager of The Drifters, who, alongside her husband, fought for three decades to turn Atlantic Records' hottest vocal group into a global phenomenon. She has enjoyed several Top 10 Albums, including the platinum-selling Voice: The Best Of Beverley Knight. Her most recent solo album Soulsville was released in June 2016 and went straight into the UK Top 10. She was awarded an MBE by the Queen in 2007 for services to British music and charity, has won three MOBO Awards, and been nominated for Best Female at the Brit Awards three times and for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize. 2019 sees her celebrating 25 years in the music business with a live album, ‘BK25’, recorded with the Leo Green Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, out November 8th on Warner Music.
Beverley has also made several, highly acclaimed performances in the West End. Her debut in London was in the star role of Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard in 2013. In 2014 she received an Olivier Award Nomination as Best Actress in a Musical for her much-praised role of Felicia Farrell in the Tony Award-winning hit show Memphis The Musical, and in 2015 she played the iconic role of Grizabella in Cats at The London Palladium. In 2018 she starred as Emmeline Pankhurst in much-praised new funk and hip hop musical Sylvia at The Old Vic, for which she won a best supporting actress award at the inaugural Black British Theatre Awards.
From the highs of hit records and sell-out tours to the lows of legal battles and personal tragedy, The Drifters Girl charts the trailblazing efforts of the world's first African American, female music manager and how she refused to ever give up on the group she loved. Thirty years, and hundreds of hit songs later, there is no doubt that Faye Treadwell was and always will be, The Drifters Girl.
The soundtrack includes chart-topping classics such as Save The Last Dance For Me, Under The Boardwalk, Kissin In The Back Row Of The Movies, Stand By Me, Come On Over To My Place, Saturday Night At The Movies and many more.
The Drifters Girl has a book by Ed Curtis and will be directed by Jonathan Church, designed by Anthony Ward and choreographed by Karen Bruce, with lighting design by Ben Cracknell and music supervision and orchestrations by Chris Egan. Further casting and full creative team will be announced at a later date.
|JASON MANFORD BRINGS KANDER & EBB CURTAINS TOUR TO WEST END (7 NOVEMBER 2019)|
|The producers of the Tony Award-winning musical Curtains are delighted to announce the show will premiere in London at Wyndham's Theatre, playing 38 performances from 13 December 2019 until 11 January 2020. It fills in a slot created by the early closure of Ealing screen-to-stage comedy The Man in the White Suit.
Curtains is currently on tour across the UK and stars comedian, actor and singer Jason Manford as Detective 'Lt. Frank Cioffi'. He's 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 producers said today:
"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, David Hyde Pierce took 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.
The UK 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.
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.
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 is 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.
Curtains opened in Bromley on 4 October 2019 and has been touring since. After its London run, the show will continue on tour and will open on 14 January 2020 at New Wimbledon Theatre. The tour will then visit, Sunderland, Liverpool, Llandudno, Norwich, Northampton, Blackpool, Glasgow, Leicester, Wolverhampton before finishing its run in Southampton at the Mayflower Theatre on 11 April 2020.
The producing team is made up of Dan Looney, Adam Paulden and Jason Haigh-Ellery for DLAP Entertainment, Sally Horchow, Roger Horchow and Walport Productions. The production was originally produced on Broadway by Roger Berlind, 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.