A new musical based on the film Sleepless in Seattle has announced it plans to open with a socially distanced audience in August.
Sleepless, which stars Jay McGuiness and Kimberley Walsh, aims to begin previews on August 25 at Troubadour’s Wembley Park Theatre in September, pending government guidance on the reopening of theatres.
Opening night is planned for September 1, 2020, with the season scheduled to run until September 27.
Audiences will be socially distanced and the producers and venue will follow relevant guidelines for cast and backstage workers.
The producers will also hold a special gala night on August 27 for NHS and care workers, who will be allowed up to four free tickets on a first come first-served basis.
Sleepless has a book by Michael Burdette and music and lyrics by Robert Scott and Brendan Cull. It will feature a 12-piece orchestra.
It will be directed by Morgan Young with set design by Morgan Large, costume by Sue Simmerling, lighting by Ken Billington, video design by Ian William Galloway, sound by Simon Biddulph, orchestrations and arrangements by Larry Blank, musical supervision by Stuart Morley and musical direction by Chris Walker.
Michael Rose, producer of Sleepless, 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."
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.”