We are delighted to be hosting the fabulous Wayne Sleep to the Palace Theatre stage on Sunday 29 May.
For the first time, Wayne Sleep embarks on a UK tour to discuss his glittering career spanning five decades, with a little bit of dance and the unique opportunity of a Q&A in
the second half of the show. From an early age, Wayne was enrolled to a dance school where he studied tap and jazz, and thereupon went on to study ballet where he gained a Leverhulme Scholarship
to the Royal Ballet School, and joined the Royal Ballet after graduating. Dame Ninette De Valois, the founder of the Royal Ballet, described Wayne as
‘…the greatest virtuoso dancer the Royal Ballet has ever produced’.
Using his own rare film footage and photos, Wayne will describe how he became a Principal Dancer at the Royal Ballet with numerous roles specially created for him
including Ashton, MacMillan, de Valois, Layton, Nureyev, Gillian Lynne, and Neumeier. Wayne then moved on to star in roles at the West End, founding his own dance company,
and touring the world with it in his show Dash. His first steps into the world of film and TV are illustrated with rarely seen clips which cover his own TV series The Hot Shoe Show, the prestige of being a special guest on The Morecambe and Wise Show, starring alongside Sean Connery, and all of the off camera gossip about The Real Marigold Hotel. He also established a world record for doing an entrechat-douze, a jump with 12 beats of the feet, on the television programme, ‘Record Breakers’; a record which still stands today.
Bringing it all up to the present, Wayne will discuss his recent appearances in Celebrity Reality shows such as I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, Strictly Dance Fever, Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, Come Dine with Me, and many more. He will also talk about his long-standing association with the Royal Family, including his relationship with Princess Margaret and his close personal friendship with Diana, Princess of Wales. Finally, any evening with Wayne Sleep wouldn’t be complete without a step or two and once again you’ll not be disappointed.