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Jay McGuiness and Kimberley Walsh to star in Sleepless at the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre

Jay McGuiness, Kimberley Walsh and Theo Collis. Photo credit: Matt Crockett.

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JAY McGuiness, Kimberley Walsh and Daniel Casey will star as Sam, Annie and Walter respectively in Sleepless, A Musical Romance. Based on the original screenplay of Sleepless in Seattle, it opens at the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre on April 1, 2020, following preview performances from March 24.

Also in the cast are Charlie Bull, Colin Burnicle, Christie-Lee Crosson, Laura Darton, Leanne Garretty, Matt Holland, Ross McLaren, Gary Murphy, Dominique Planter, Annie Wensak and Benjamin Wong. Theo Collis, Mikey Colville and Jack Reynolds will share the role of Jonah.

Sleepless is a new musical with a book by Michael Burdette and music and lyrics by new British writers Robert Scott and Brendan Cull and will feature a 31-piece orchestra.

Jay McGuiness came to fame as part of the successful boy band The Wanted. His fame widened when he won Strictly Come Dancing in 2015 with professional dancer Aliona Vilani. He and fellow bandmate Siva won the celebrity version of Channel 4’s Hunted in 2018, raising money for Stand Up To Cancer. McGuiness is also a regular contributor to the BBC’s The One Show and most recently starred in Rip It Up – The 60’s and BIG The Musical in London’s West End.

Kimberley Walsh rose to prominence in the record-breaking girl band Girls Aloud. During their 10 years together, the group achieved twenty consecutive top ten singles in the UK, including four number ones, with over 4.3 million single sales and four million albums sold in the UK alone. In 2012, Walsh was runner up in Strictly Come Dancing. She has starred as series regular Rebecca in Disney’s The Lodge, played Claire Butterworth in the second series of Channel 4’s Ackley Bridge, and appeared in children’s movies Horrid Henry and All Stars.

In the West End, she starred as Princess Fiona in Shrek The Musical, Jovie in Elf the Musical, joined Denise Van Outen for a week-long run at Cadogan Hall in Sweet Charity and most recently starred in BIG The Musical at the Dominion Theatre.

Daniel Casey is best known for playing DS Gavin Troy in the first six seasons of Midsomer Murders. He most recently played regular characters in Emmerdale, EastEnders and Coronation Street. His theatre work includes The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (National Theatre), Yes, Prime Minister (Theatre Clwyd) and Abigail’s Party (UK tour).

Harriet Thorpe is best known for her roles as Carole in the BBC’s The Brittas Empire and Fleur in Absolutely Fabulous. She has performed extensively with French and Saunders, in Girls on Top, Mirrorball and The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle. She also worked with Victoria Wood in Victoria Wood’s Mid Life Christmas. She recently finished a critically acclaimed run in Mame opposite Tracie Bennett, which played Hope Mill Theatre Manchester, Northampton Royal & Derngate and Salisbury Playhouse.

Thorpe’s West End credits include The Dresser, Great Britain, Wicked, Cabaret, Crazy for You, Mamma Mia! and Les Misérables. She has also appeared in the films The Writers Group, The Lady in the Van, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Calendar Girls, Zeffirelli’s Young Toscanini, Greystoke: the Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes and Merchant Ivory’s Maurice.

Tania Mathurin most recently appeared in the West End musical Come From Away. Her other recent theatre includes Day of the Living (RSC), The Comedy About A Bank Robbery (Criterion Theatre), The Book of Mormon (Prince of Wales Theatre) and Porgy & Bess (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre).

Jake Sharp is currently the alternate Dewey Finn in School of Rock at the Gillian Lynne Theatre. He previously played Bill Austin in Mamma Mia! and Ben in Going Out West (which he co-wrote for the New Diorama, London/Just The Tonic, Edinburgh Fringe).

Sleepless tells the heart-warming tale of Sam, who moves to Seattle with his eight year-old son, Jonah, following the tragic death of his wife. When Jonah phones a radio show, Sam is forced to talk about his broken heart and sleepless nights live on air, and he suddenly finds himself one of the most sought after single men in America and a great news story for feisty journalist Annie on the opposite side of the country. Can Jonah bring the two together on the top deck of the Empire State Building?

A fresh and lively book alongside a brand-new musical score bring this most timeless of romantic comedies to life on stage.

Sleepless will be directed by Morgan Young (White Christmas, Elf, BIG), with set design by Morgan Large, costume design by Sue Simmerling, lighting by Ken Billington, video design by Ian William Galloway, orchestrations and arrangements by Larry Blank, musical supervision by Stuart Morley, musical direction by Chris Walker, wig and hair design by Richard Mawbey and casting by Sarah Bird CDG and Michael Donovan CSA.

Sleepless is recommended for ages 5+.

Sleepless is booking until May 3, 2020.

Image: Jay McGuiness, Kimberley Walsh and Theo Collis. Photo credit: Matt Crockett.

Tickets: from £20 – available from the box office on 0844 815 4865 or online at sleeplessthemusical.com/.

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.45pm (except April 1 at 7pm); Saturday and Sunday at 3pm.

Running Time: 2 hours 15 minutes, including interval.