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Waitress heads to Adelphi Theatre from Broadway

Thursday, 23rd Aug 2018

Much of the news coming out of the West End recently has been concerning ongoing or previously-announced shows, with new cast members announced and updates to booking periods.

Today, however, the big news concerns the hit Broadway show Waitress, which has been entertaining audiences at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in New York since 2016, as it will be getting a West End transfer in 2019, running at the Adelphi Theatre. It replaces Kinky Boots, which closes its doors this January.

Waitress focuses on the character of Jenna Hunterson, played by Kerri Russell in the 2007 film version, who is unhappy with her love life as her marriage is becoming abusive and she has started an affair. But she finds hope in the form of a baking competition that will put her pie-making skills to the test and also give her the chance to head to a new location in a new town.

On Broadway the musical numbers include When He Sees Me, It Only Takes A Taste, Never Ever Getting Rid Of Me, You Matter To Me, I Love You Like A Table and Everything Changes, amongst many others.

Sara Bereilles, who provides the music and lyrics for the production, is a singer-songwriter who has released singles into the charts, but found her biggest success with Waitress when it appeared on the other side of the Atlantic. Her work landed her a Tony Award nomination, leading her to host the 2018 ceremony with Josh Groban.

The production heads to the West End on the back of the outgoing Kinky Boots, which ends its run after more than three years in the capital. It has a few things in common with Waitress, being based on a film (which, in this case, is a 2005 British film of the same name) and features music from a well known star (in this case 80s legend Cyndi Lauper).

With Kinky Boots closing, Waitress is set to run at the Adelphi Theatre in London’s West End from February 2019, with further details (such as casting) to be revealed at a later date.

Chris Packer
Chris Packer Chris Packer has been writing about the West End for many years and wishes this knowledge would help him win some pub quizzes. When he’s not writing about the newest shows he’s probably watching films or anticipating the latest releases.

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