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Wayne Sleep is a British dancer, director, choreographer, and actor who appeared on the BBC series The Real Marigold on Tour and The Real Full Monty (ITV).

At 5' 2", Sleep is the shortest male dancer admitted into the Royal Ballet School. Because of his diminutive stature, many directors were reluctant to cast him in traditional male lead roles. As a result, many roles were created for him by noted choreographers, including Ashton, MacMillan, de Valois, Layton, Nureyev, Gillian Lynne and Neumeier. Sleep is often chosen for character roles because of his unusual physique. In 1982, Andrew Lloyd Webber adapted his Variations album as the second half of stage show Song and Dance for Sleep. Sleep created the role of Mr Mistoffelees in Lloyd Webber's musical Cats in London's West End at the New London Theatre on 11 May 1981.

In 1973, Sleep established a world record by doing an entrechat-douze, a jump with 12 beats of the feet, on the British television programme Record Breakers.[6] This record still stands. Sleep later jumped from an aircraft for charity, after being challenged by presenter Roy Castle.


[London Fringe]
Original London Production, 2005

[West End]
London Revival, 1986
Master Ceremonies

[West End]
Original London Production, 1982

[West End]
Original London Production, 1981

Wayne Sleep Productions

[Toronto, 2006]

Wayne Sleep Awards and Nominations

Olivier Awards - 1981 - Actor of the Year in a Musical

Wayne Sleep, Cats

Olivier Awards - 1977 - Performance of the Year in a Musical

Wayne SleepThe Point

Wayne Sleep News

Pleasance Theatre Trust's Edinburgh Fringe Programme Announces Third On-sale 

Discover the latest additions to Pleasance's programme with their third epic on-sale. Get updates on new shows, dates, and what to expect from the upcoming performances.
Photos: Go Inside Opening Night for STEPHEN SONDHEIM'S OLD FRIENDS

The stars were out in force to celebrate the opening night of Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends at the Gielgud Theatre. Check out the photos below!
The Royal Ballet to Celebrate Wayne Sleep's 75th Birthday at the Royal Opera House

This July, the Royal Opera House will host a unique event celebrating the 75th birthday of former Royal Ballet Principal dancer, and celebrity of stage and screen, Wayne Sleep.
THE QUALITY OF MERCY: Concerning The Life & Crimes Of Dr Harold Frederick Shipman to Open at The Courtyard Theatre

Sarah Lawrie for Nailed Productions will present the world premiere of THE QUALITY OF MERCY: Concerning the Life and Crimes of Dr Harold Frederick Shipman, written & performed by Edwin Flay | Directed by Bernie C. Byrnes, 27 September - 8 October 2022.
Cast Announced For UK and Ireland Tour of MY FAIR LADY

Casting has been announced for the UK and Ireland tour of Bartlett Sher's critically acclaimed and multi award-winning production of Lerner & Loewe's much loved MY FAIR LADY, which comes to Birmingham Hippodrome from Wednesday 8 March – Sunday 26 March 2023.
Yorkshire Ballet Seminars Announce TO THE BARRE, a Live Q&A With Legends of the Ballet World

This group of ballet stars discuss their careers, inspirations and share tales of their time at Yorkshire Ballet Seminars exclusively on Saturday 24 July at 7:00pm (BST). Tickets are available to buy online now!
Creative Youth Announces New Young Creatives Panel Members, As Part Of Its Creative Talent Programme

Creative Youth has announced the latest recruits in their Young Creatives panel, a platform for emerging young creatives to help take the charity forward in an exciting and crucial time in its development and growth.
Cambridge Arts Theatre Presents DAME TROTT'S PANTO PALAVER

Cambridge Arts Theatre will return, after an eight-month closure, with a brand-new, feel-good, warm-hearted and COVID-safe panto themed adventure set to sprinkle the city with Christmas magic.
The True Story Behind Princess Diana's 'Uptown Girl' Performance on THE CROWN

The fourth season of the Netflix series The Crown has had fans buzzing about the accuracy of several scenes depicting performances from Princess Diana. Another scene in the series shows Diana performing Uptown Girl for a surprised opera audience, as well as her husband Prince Charles, along with dancer Wayne Sleep. It turns out this really happened, as well!
Teri Polo Will Star on Fox's THE BIG LEAP

Deadline reports that Teri Polo, Matt Lucas, Ser'Darius Blain, and Ray Cham have joined the cast of upcoming ballet dramedy 'The Big Leap.'
The West End Flea Market Will Return This Spring

Theatrical charity, Acting for Others, has announced the return of the West End Flea Market, following its hugely successful debut last year, which saw crowds of theatre fans lining up for showstopping goodies and a chance to meet West End stars, raising over £26,000 in one morning. The event will take place on Saturday 16 May 2020 at St Paul's Church, Covent Garden.
Wayne Sleep And Kevin 'Curly Watts' Kennedy Lead The Cast Of CINDERELLA At The Cambridge Arts Theatre

Cambridge Arts Theatre has announced the full principal cast for this year's traditional family pantomime, Cinderella, with legendary ballet dancer and TV personality Wayne Sleep leading the cast for a second year as an Ugly Sister, alongside Corrie's Kevin Kennedy (Curly Watts), playing Baron Hardup.
Jonathan Demar To Make Green Room 42 Debut This Fall

Jonathan Demar will make his Green Room 42 debut on November 10th at 7pm with an all new version of his solo show Setting the Standard.
£70,000 Raised for the Gillian Lynne and Peter Land Foundation at TO GILLIE, WITH LOVE

On Tuesday evening, the great and good of the dance, theatre, film and TV industry came out in force to enjoy an unforgettable evening of stellar performances in celebration of the prolific and dearly-loved director choreographer, Gillian Lynne DBE at The Gillian Lynne Theatre, Drury Lane in London.
National Youth Ballet Announces 2019 Season: Wonderlands

For its 2019 season, National Youth Ballet will present WONDERLANDS, a mixed programme of new works choreographed by some of the country's rising talents, performed by a Company of young dancers aged 9-18 from across the UK.
Acting For Others' Inaugural West End Flea Market Raised Over £26,000

Theatrical charity Acting for Others today announces that over £26,000 was raised at the inaugural West End Flea Market on Saturday 19 May held at St Paul's Church in Covent Garden, with thousands of people in attendance.
VIDEO: Watch the All New Trailer For TO GILLIE, WITH LOVE

An unforgettable evening of stellar performances in celebration of the prolific and dearly-loved director choreographer, Gillian Lynne DBE will take place on Tuesday 2nd July 2019 at 7.30pm at The Gillian Lynne Theatre, Drury Lane in London.

THE REAL MARIGOLD HOTEL LIVE is the first ever live UK tour of the smash-hit BBC series and stars Shelia Ferguson, Bobby George, Paul Nicholas, Rosemary Shrager and Wayne Sleep.*
Photo Flash: Meet The 7 West End Shows Who Battled It Out In West End Eurovision 2019

The cast of the West End's longest running musical, The Phantom of the Opera, were last night hailed the stars of West End Eurovision 2019, scoring a remarkable double victory.
BWW Review: WEST END EUROVISION, Adelphi Theatre

West End Eurovision does exactly what it says on the tin: casts of West End musicals compete by performing past Eurovision songs to win over juries of their peers and the live audience. But despite it being a one night only event, this isn't throwaway, or thrown together...


How many Broadway shows has Wayne Sleep been in?

Wayne Sleep has not appeared on Broadway.

How many West End shows has Wayne Sleep been in?

Wayne Sleep has appeared on London's West End in 3 shows.

What was Wayne Sleep's first West End show?

Wayne Sleep's first West End show was Cats which opened in 1981

What awards has Wayne Sleep been nominated for?

Wayne Sleep has been nominated for Actor of the Year in a Musical at the Olivier Awards for his performance in "Cats" and for Performance of the Year in a Musical for "The Point."

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