In Dreams company in rehearsals. Photo by Ramela Raith (4)


Less than a month to go until the world premiere of Emmy Award winning writer David West Read’s spectacular In Dreams

20th June 2023

The countdown is on to the world premiere of exciting new musical In Dreams, written by Emmy and Golden Globe-winning and Olivier Award-nominated David West Read (Writer and Executive Producer Schitt’s Creek, Author & Juliet), which opens at Leeds Playhouse from 3 July – 5 August.

Rehearsal pictures available here give a first glimpse of joyful moments between cast members working to create this uplifting and gutsy musical theatre production directed by multi-award winning Luke Sheppard, featuring music legend Roy Orbison’s most iconic songs including ‘Oh! Pretty Woman’, ‘You Got It’ and, of course, the title track ‘In Dreams’.


This fantastic new show revolves around former lead singer of a country rock band Kenna, played by Broadway and Tony winning actor Lena Hall,  as she reaches a critical moment in her life. She throws a party in a family-run Mexican restaurant to reconnect with old friends, while keeping her deeper motivations a secret. Starring opposite Lena is the West End’s Oliver Tompsett as drummer Ramsey, with whom – as these new images reveal – Kenna shares passionate and loving moments full of energy and laughter.


Outside the rehearsal room, Set Designer Arnulfo Maldonado uses the inspiration of Día de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead,  to create a vibrant restaurant setting, full of colour, light and neon signs.


The full cast includes Manuel Pacific as restaurant owner Oscar; Gabriela García as Oscar’s long-time girlfriend Nicole; Sian Reese-Williams as lyricist Jane; Noël Sullivan as guitarist Donovan; Alma Cuervo as Oscar’s grandmother Ana Sofia; Richard Trinder as widower George; Leon Craig as restaurant head chef Tom; Mark Peachey as Officer Lee, Ensemble, Understudy Ramsey, Understudy Donovan, Understudy George and Resident Director; Fabiola Ocasio as Ensemble, Understudy Nicole, Understudy Bianca; Hannah Ducharme as Bianca, Ensemble, Understudy Kenna, Understudy Jane and Dance Captain; and Pablo Gómez Jones as Ensemble, Understudy Oscar, Understudy Tom, Understudy Officer Lee.



Music Director/ Keys Patrick Hurley

Guitar Steve Bramwell

Percussion David Keech

Violin/Viola Rachel Steadman

Electric Bass/Double Bass Gordon Davidson


Creative Team

Author David West Read

Director Luke Sheppard

Choreographer Fabian Aloise

Set Designer Arnulfo Maldonado

Costume Designer Fay Fullerton

Lighting Designer Howard Hudson

Sound Designer Tom Marshall

Music Supervisor Catherine Jayes

Musical Director Patrick Hurley

Video Designer George Reeve

Casting Director Annelie Powell CDG

Casting Director (US) Stephen Kopel

Voice and Dialect Coach Salvatore Sorce

Intimacy Director Asha Jennings-Grant

Associate Director Tania Azevedo

Associate Choreographer Paris Green

Associate Set Designer (US) Oscar Escobedo

Associate Set Designer (UK) Verity Sadler

Costume Supervisor Laura Hunt

Video Associate & Programmer David Callanan

Sound Associate Callum Wills

Casting Assistant Alice Walters



Leeds Playhouse presents

In Dreams

A new musical

Book by David West Read

Featuring the music of Roy Orbison

Directed by Luke Sheppard
Courtyard Theatre, Leeds Playhouse

3 July – 5 August. 

Box office 0113 213 7700

Book online