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Best known as a comedian, Jason Manford has had musical success as Pirelli in Sweeney Todd in the West End (opposite Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton) and as Leo Bloom in Mel Brooks' The Producers on tour in the UK. In 2016, he starred as Caractacus Potts in the new UK tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Well known for appearances on TV shows such as Live at the Palladium, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Live at the Apollo, Would I Lie To You, QI and The Royal Variety Performance, multi-talented Jason Manford veered away from his comedic roots to play Pirelli in Sweeney Todd in the West End. He also wrote and directed his own Little Cracker for Sky and played Ken Brooke in Tommy Cooper: Not That, Like This, a biopic for ITV1. After taking the role of Marty in Ordinary Lives for BBC1, Jason played Leo Bloom in The Producers on tour and joins the UK tour of Curtains soon.
Jason also had national sell-out tours with his stand-up shows Off on Tour We Go and First World Problems.
Curtains 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 m...
THE OLIVIER AWARDS WITH MASTERCARD British theatre’s most sought-after awards have been a mark of theatrical greatness since they were inaugurated in 1976 as the Society of West End Theatre Awards. The society is now known as Society of London Theatre (SOLT) and its glittering awards are now the Olivier Awards in honour of a theatrical legend. Th...
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Another lockdown must-watch for musical theatre fans takes place on Tuesday 14 April 2020. And the producers of CURTAINS are inviting fans to get involved too with their own #ShowPeople videos. Get filming!
The Olivier Awards are a big highlight of the theatre calendar so it was disappointing, though understandable, when the event was cancelled. Now, there’s a chance to celebrate all the ceremonies that have come before in a special programme, Olivier Awards – Greatest Moments, to be broadcast on ITV in the awards’ original slot, 10.15pm on 5 April 2020. Now, that’s something to look forward to.
Watch as Jason Manford announces the news that he will be back at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 5 April 2020 to host the prestigious Olivier Awards. It’s a triple whammy for Jason as it’s the third time the comedian, actor and current star of Curtains The Musical has steered the prestigious event.
Our #FirstNightTakeover series continues with Perry O’Bree attending the opening of Curtains at London’s Wyndham’s Theatre. Perry is wowed by the incredible dance numbers, fabulous vocals & on the edge of his seat as he tries to solve such an entertaining musical whodunnit. Plus he gets to chat post-show to the stars including Jason Manford, Carley Stenson, Rebecca Lock, Samuel Holmes and lan Burkitt. It’s certainly a musical to lift your spirits.
Curtains, the murder mystery musical comedy by Chicago and Cabaret creators Kander & Ebb, had its Broadway premiere in 2007 in a production starring Frasier's David Hyde Pierce. Why has it taken so long for it to at last receive its West End premiere? And why is it so very perfect for the West End?