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4-5 High Street West, Sunderland, North East SR1 3EX


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Closed October 30, 2021

This show is the real deal


Why See Waitress?


If Only life were as easy as pie

Broadway's sweetest treat arrives, bringing its delicious confection of peppy songs, romance, and dramedy to the UK this year, following a run in the West End. Starring Lucie Jones and Matt Willis, the piece is adapted from the beloved 2007 indie film by Adrienne Shelly. With an all-female creative team led by a bubbly pop score from singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, it's a life-affirming feel-good hit - the perfect thing to chase the winter cobwebs away. If you loved Beautiful - The Carole King Musical, you're certain to love Waitress!

What is the story of Waitress?

Suffocated by both the small Southern town where she lives, and her controlling husband Earl, Jenna longs for escape. Her only solace comes from working in the local diner, where she can practice her passion for baking. Jenna's crumbly pastries and crinkly crusts are renowned the town over, and by a stroke of luck, they might just offer her an escape route! A pie-baking contest is announced in a nearby town, with a potentially life-changing cash prize for first place. Jenna realises this may be a once in a lifetime opportunity and is determined to grab it with both hands!

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Opening night: 25 October 2021

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Please note, images are taken from the West End production and do not necessarily reflect casting for the touring engagment


You may be required to have had a COVID vaccine in order to attend this performance or show proof of a negative test. Please contact the venue directly for more information on this.

Cast and Creative


Chelsea Halfpenny as Jenna
Sandra Marvin as Becky
Wendy Mae Brown as Becky (from March 30)
Evelyn Hoskins as Dawn
Matt Willis as Dr Pomatter
David Hunter as Dr Pomatter (from March 30)
George Crawford as Ogie
Tamlyn Henderson as Earl
Michael Starke as Old Joe
Christopher D Hunt as Cal
Scarlet Gabrielle as Norma


Monique Ashe-Palmer, Amelia Atherton, Donal Brennan, Aime Fisher, Nathanael Landskroner, Charlie Martin (also dance captain), Liam McHugh, Olivia Mitchell and Ben Morris.


Adapted by Jessie Nelson
Directed by Diane Paulus
Score by Sara Bareilles
Choreography by Lorin Latarro


2016 Tony awards Nominations

Best Musical Best Original Score - Sara Bareilles Best Actress in a Musical - Jessie Mueller Best Supporting Actor in a Musical - Christopher Fitzgerald

2016 Drama Desk Award Nominations

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical - Christopher Fitzgerald

What we thought

heartfelt MOVING Joyful

The smell of baked treats wafts through the foyer of the Adelphi Theatre as Waitress becomes the best smelling show in the West End!

London is being blessed with an influx of great Broadway musicals this year. Making history in New York with an all-female creative team (with the score written by Grammy winner Sara Bareilles), Waitress has now arrived in London!

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Abigail Slocombe

Abigail Slocombe

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4 reviews, average rating: (4.5 Stars)

4.5 star rating

YD: “Pietasticly fabulous show”

New York ✅ with my hubby, both had an amazing time. London ✅ with... more

Teresa Davis : “Fantastic ”

Lovely old theatre all be ot a bit hot. Cast were amazing, when she use... more

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