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Sleeping Arrangements - Landor Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

ARIA Entertainment is presenting the world premiere of Sleeping Arrangements, a new musical based on the novel by Sophie Kinsella, at the Landor Theatre – from April 22 (previews from April 17) to May 12, 2013.

Kinsella is also the author of Confessions Of A Shopaholic, which was adapted into a film released in 2009, starring Isla Fisher and Hugh Dancy. However, Sleeping Arrangements will be the first of her books to be adapted for the stage.

Sleeping Arrangements tells the tale of Chloe who desperately needs a holiday. She’s sick of making wedding dresses and her partner, Philip has troubles at work. Her wealthy friend Gerard has offered the loan of his luxury villa in Spain – Perfect.

Hugh is not a happy man. His immaculate wife Amanda seems more interested in her new kitchen than him and he works so hard to pay for it, he barely has time for his children. Maybe he’ll have a chance to bond with them on holiday. His friend Gerard has lent him a luxury villa in Spain – Perfect.

Both families arrive at the villa and realise the awful truth – Gerard has double-booked. What no-one else realises is that Chloe and Hugh have a history, and as tensions rise, old passions resurface. It seems that Gerard’s ‘accidental’ double booking may not be an accident after all…

With book, music and lyrics by Chris Burgess, Sleeping Arrangements is directed by Robert McWhir, with musical direction by Colin Billing, design by David Shields and lighting and sound by Ben M. Rogers. Casting will be announced in March.

In 2011, Aria Entertainment was created by Katy Lipson, who has gone on to produce the West End charity Gala performance of Children Of Eden starring Gareth Gates, Russell Grant and Kerry Ellis (Prince Of Wales Theatre), the West End revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood starring Wendi Peters (Arts Theatre), Edward Reid – Living The Dream One Song At A Time (Edinburgh Fringe and Scottish tour, Radio Forth Award for ‘Best Fringe Show’) and the revival of The Secret Garden musical in collaboration with Knockhardy Productions (King’s Head Theatre).

Lipson has also teamed up with the Landor Theatre to produce a four week season of new musical theatre writing entitled From Page To Stage and also runs The A STAGE KINDLY new musical theatre initiative and The New Musical Songbook.

At the age of 24, while working as a financial journalist, Sophie Kinsella wrote her first novel, The Tennis Party, under her real name Madeleine Wickham. It became a top ten bestseller. She went on to publish six more novels as Madeleine Wickham: A Desirable Residence, Swimming Pool Sunday, The Gatecrasher, The Wedding Girl, Cocktails for Three and Sleeping Arrangements.

Her first novel under the pseudonym Sophie Kinsella (taken from her middle name and her mother’s maiden name) was submitted to her existing publishers anonymously and was enthusiastically received. She revealed her real identity for the first time when Can You Keep a Secret? was published in December 2005.

Sophie Kinsella is best known for writing the Shopaholic series of chick lit novels, which focus on the misadventures of Becky Bloomwood, a financial journalist who cannot manage her own finances.

Tickets: £18/£16 (£15 preview shows) – available from the box office on 020 7737 7276 or online at www.landortheatre.co.uk/.

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7:30pm, (Fridays at 7pm), Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3pm. No show on April 23.

The Route To Happiness continues at the Landor Theatre until February 24, 2013.