Sleepless, A Musical Romance, based on the smash hit film Sleepless in Seattle, ran at the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre, London from Tuesday 1 September to 27 Spetember 2020, as the very first indoors show to open since the lockdown, following government
We were so excited to report on this monumentous event here at Theatre Breaks.
Social Distancing for Sleepless
Sleeplesswas originally due to begin performances in March but, following government guidelines, the producers and Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre welcomed cast, crew and audiences to socially distance in the spacious arena whilst still being part of a fabulous theatrical event – where audience capacity had been reduced from 1200 to 400.
A new musical it will feature a 12-piece jazz orchestra, Sleepless, A Musical Romance will star Jay McGuiness as Sam and Kimberley Walsh as Annie.
Michael Rose, producer of Sleepless, A Musical Romance, on behalf of Encore Theatre Productions, said, “Lockdown has effected and frightened a huge number of people in this country – particularly in our industry. Our story in Sleepless deals with mending something that is broken – it’s about putting a family back together after a loss – and we feel it’s time to do exactly that – it’s time to start the healing process – that’s part of what we do in Theatre.”
Sleepless, A Musical Romance tells the heart-warming tale of Sam, who moves to Seattle with his ten 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 and the NHS
The producers held a special NHS Gala, A Night for Sleepless Heroes, for NHS and Care workers on Thursday 27 August and going forward producers have decided to carry on thanking our NHS heroes by offering a discount on ALL shows.
They now offer 25% off all tickets to NHS staff. Go to the online theatre box office at troubadourtheatres.com and in the discount code box use the code: NHS25
The Troubadour Wembely Park Theatre
The spacious venue means that there will be no physical contact between the staff and audience at any time and that social distance measures can be strictly obeyed. Audiences will be temperature checked on entering the building and will be required to wear face masks. All food and beverage orders will be contactless to minimise exposure, hand sanitiser will be available at multiple locations, and all areas of the venue will be thoroughly deep cleaned after each performance.
Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre said, “Our first priority is and always has been the safety and comfort of our audiences, staff and visiting companies. We are working closely with health and safety experts and strictly following all government guidelines and we look forward to welcoming audiences to the world premiere of Sleepless whenever this is allowed.”
All cast, crew and audience will be sent the most up-to-date safety measures and instructions 48 hours prior to arrival and the venue will be set-up accordingly to accommodate these measures.
Access for the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre
As well as Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre being a new and spacious theatre, there is ample parking available at Wembley Stadium, which costs only £1 if you are a theatre ticket holder.