Curtains set to open in Leicester with Jason Manford

Preview by Kyran Kennedy

Macbeth meets Live at the Apollo as comedian Jason Manford returns to Leicester this March as part of the murder mystery themed musical Curtains.


Versatile: Jason Manford is heading to Leicester (University of Salford Press Office / CC BY (

The production will run from Monday 16 March to Saturday 21 March at the Haymarket Theatre, with tickets available now to see Manford in the lead role.

Marking 20 years since Manford won the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year award, he will be looking to prove to Leicester that he still has the same comedic spark that made the city laugh all those years ago.

Since then, Manford has been notably present on various TV shows like 8 Out of 10 Cats and been part of famous stage productions across the UK, including Chitty Chitty Bang.

Manford will be playing the role of Lieutenant Frank Cioffi, a detective from Boston who has an interest in theatre. Whether his skills as a comedian will help unravel the musical mystery remain to be seen, but the man from Manchester is expected to put on a great show in front of more than a thousand people across the week.

Manford will not be the only name starring in the Tony Award-winning musical. The casting team have added a number of British talents who can help bring a sense of familiarity to the Brits watching what is otherwise an all-American affair.

Strictly Come Dancing winner Ore Oduba and former Hollyoaks actress Carley Stenson will be supporting on stage.

The show has been on Broadway and touring since 2006, but now, with Manford front and centre on stage, it’s sure to create even more intrigue for a British audience. It looks as though those in attendance will have their work cut out trying to figure out the culprit in this whodunnit-comedy.

To book tickets, call the Box Office on 0116 296 1236 or look online at

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