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Review: Curtains, Theatre Royal Norwich




Well, this is a slightly bonkers show - and all the better for it!

It is certainly a refreshing new production with a new take on that popular genre of musical comedy and it is all set within a murder mystery framework. Confusing, eh?

Yet its credentials are good as it is from the creators of Chicago and Cabaret (Kander and Ebb), so expect slick lyrics and bouncy tunes.

Carley Stenson as Georgia Hendricks, Ore Oduba as Aaron Fox, Martin Callaghan as Oscar Shapira and Rebecca Lock as Carmen Bernstein in Curtains. Photo: Richard Davenport (29011782)
Carley Stenson as Georgia Hendricks, Ore Oduba as Aaron Fox, Martin Callaghan as Oscar Shapira and Rebecca Lock as Carmen Bernstein in Curtains. Photo: Richard Davenport (29011782)

The plot is something of a whodunnit, with people involved in a rather second-rate musical getting bumped off - and you won’t guess the murderer, I can assure you.

Top stand up Jason Manford takes the lead as musical loving Boston detective, Frank Cioffi, and reveals a rather splendid voice with perfect comic timing, too, while Carley Stenson is the song writer Georgia, going back to her roots as a performer.

I thoroughly enjoyed Samuel Holmes as the English director, Christopher, and Rebecca Lock is brilliant as the super tough producer, Carmen, who doesn’t consider stopping the show just because three people have died.

Curtains atthe Theatre Royal Norwich. The Cast. Photo Richard Davenport(29011779)
Curtains atthe Theatre Royal Norwich. The Cast. Photo Richard Davenport(29011779)

It’s a pretty frenetic show, with a couple of really great numbers like The Woman's Dead and Show People, and has something of a cult following - and you can see why!

The show continues until Saturday

Sarah Hardy

The cast of Curtains - coming to Norwich Theatre Royal from February 11-15. Photo Richard Davenport. (29011785)
The cast of Curtains - coming to Norwich Theatre Royal from February 11-15. Photo Richard Davenport. (29011785)
Jason Manford as Frank Cioffi in Curtains, at Norwich Theatre Royal from February 11-15. Photo: Richard Davenport (29011788)
Jason Manford as Frank Cioffi in Curtains, at Norwich Theatre Royal from February 11-15. Photo: Richard Davenport (29011788)

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