Former Royal Ballet principal and I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here! contestant Wayne Sleep (pictured) will star in Into Thin Air!, a new musical comedy that opens on 1 September 2005 (previews from 30 August) at London’s New Players Theatre, where it continues its limited season until 24 September.

When stunning Pilot Officer Rigby arrives at RAF Windsock to take up her new posting, she’s an immediate hit. Only one problem, she has come to the wrong station. This one disappeared in the 1950s. The awful truth dawns – she has entered a time warp! How did she come to be here? How does she get back to her own time? It would take an alien in a UFO to provide the answer.

Sleep plays the Station Adjutant. In addition to his dance experience with the Royal Ballet and his own company DASH, Sleep has previously starred in the West End productions of Cats, Song and Dance, Cabaret and, last year, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. He was the second runner-up in the jungle-based reality TV show I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here! in 2003.

Sleep is joined in the cast of Into Thin Air! by James Bisp, Cate Debenham-Taylor, James Head, Rachel Izen, William Ludwig and Sorelle Marsh. The new musical has book, music and lyrics by Robert A Gray, himself a former RAF officer, who has also written lyrics for the likes of Lula, Petula Clark and Dusty Springfield and comedy for the Two Ronnies.

Into Thin Air! is directed by choreographed by Stewart Nicholls and designed and lit by Leigh Porter with musical direction by Karl Pendlebury and musical arrangements by Matthew Freeman.

- by Terri Paddock