Sleeping Arrangements – A New Musical – World Premiere

A new musical, Sleeping Arrangements, had its world premiere at the Landor Theatre in April. The new musical is based on the novel by Sophie Kinsella, author of Confessions Of A Shopaholic. It ran at The Landor Theatre between 17th April – 25th May 2013.

The Confessions Of A Shopaholic novel was adapted into a film released in 2009, starring Isla Fisher and Hugh Dancy but this will be the first of Sophie’s popular books to be adapted for the stage. Sophie Kinsella said “I am so excited to see my story on stage in such a hilarious and tuneful musical”.

Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, Sleeping Arrangements tells the tale of Chloe who desperately needs a holiday. She’s sick of making wedding dresses and her partner, Philip has troubles at work. Her wealthy friend Gerard has offered the loan of his luxury villa in Spain – Perfect

Hugh is not a happy man. His immaculate wife Amanda seems more interested in her new kitchen than him and he works so hard to pay for it, he barely has time for his children. Maybe he’ll have a chance to bond with them on holiday. His friend Gerard has lent him a luxury villa in Spain.

Both families arrive at the villa and realise the awful truth – Gerard has double-booked. What no-one else realises is that Chloe and Hugh have a history, and as tensions rise, old passions resurface. It seems that Gerard’s ‘accidental’ double booking may not be an accident after all…


Chloe – Jenny Gayner
Amanda – Liza Pulman
Jena – Sabrina Aloueche
Phil – Grant Neal
Hugh – Steven Sterlin
Sam – Adam Pettigrew

Written by Chris Burgess
Directed by Robert McWhir
Musically Directed by Colin Billing
Designed by David Shields
Lighting by Ben M Rogers
London Evening Standard – **** Stars

“Fans of summer are in for a treat…”

“By the end of the evening, I was all for booking a week in the attractive honey-stoned complex complete with white pillars and faded green shutters that is so evocatively conjured up…”

Time Out – **** Stars

“Burgess’s piece makes the transition to the stage so niftily, you only wonder why it hasn’t been attempted before”

“a highly entertaining evening”

“The cast…have charm in spades”

Superwoman – “a brilliantly lusty showstopper”

The Stage

“plenty of humour, occasional moments of heated romance plus a practical dose of common sense”

“Jenny Gayner delivers a well-judged performance as the pragmatic Chloe, balancing the light and shade of her role with understanding and compassion.”

Liza Pulman “Glorious”

“Sleeping Arrangements…is certainly entertaining and marks Burgess as a definite ‘one to watch’ on the new musical theatre writers list”

So So Gay – **** Stars

“An enjoyable evening of entertainment and escapism”

“Jenny Gayner gives a heartfelt, believable performance as Chloe, which is matched well with Steven Serlin’s love-torn Hugh. Their chemistry sizzles, and they harmonise beautifully in their duets”

“Liza Pulman as Amanda…really goes to town in her Broadway style number…Pulman oozes pizazz, and works the stage like she’s playing the London Palladium”

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