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Wayne Sleep

 
Bio:
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 ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
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 ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [London Fringe]
Original London Production, 2005
Performer
  [West End]
London Revival, 1986
Master Ceremonies
  [West End]
Original London Production, 1982
Joe
  [West End]
Original London Production, 1981
Quaxo

Productions

 
[Toronto, 2006]
Choreographer

Wayne Sleep Biography

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.

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

THE QUALITY OF MERCY: Concerning The Life & Crimes Of Dr Harold Frederick Shipman to  Photo THE QUALITY OF MERCY: Concerning The Life & Crimes Of Dr Harold Frederick Shipman to Open at The Courtyard Theatre
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 23, 2022

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 Photo Cast Announced For UK and Ireland Tour of MY FAIR LADY
by Stephi Wild - Aug 24, 2022

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 ‚Äď Sunday 26 March 2023.

Yorkshire Ballet Seminars Announce TO THE BARRE, a Live Q&A With Legends of the Balle Photo Yorkshire Ballet Seminars Announce TO THE BARRE, a Live Q&A With Legends of the Ballet World
by Stephi Wild - Jun 28, 2021

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 T Photo Creative Youth Announces New Young Creatives Panel Members, As Part Of Its Creative Talent Programme
by Stephi Wild - Dec 11, 2020

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 Photo Cambridge Arts Theatre Presents DAME TROTT'S PANTO PALAVER
by Stephi Wild - Dec 9, 2020

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 Photo The True Story Behind Princess Diana's 'Uptown Girl' Performance on THE CROWN
by Stephi Wild - Nov 22, 2020

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 Photo Teri Polo Will Star on Fox's THE BIG LEAP
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Feb 24, 2020

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 Photo The West End Flea Market Will Return This Spring
by Stephi Wild - Jan 7, 2020

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 Cambri Photo Wayne Sleep And Kevin 'Curly Watts' Kennedy Lead The Cast Of CINDERELLA At The Cambridge Arts Theatre
by Stephi Wild - Oct 14, 2019

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 Photo Jonathan Demar To Make Green Room 42 Debut This Fall
by Julie Musbach - Aug 28, 2019

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.


Wayne Sleep Frequently Asked Questions

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?
Actor of the Year in a Musical (Olivier Awards) for Cats and Performance of the Year in a Musical (Olivier Awards) for The Point .