Sara Bareilles

Waitress composer Sara Bareilles to make West End debut as Jenna

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

Sara Bareilles will star in Waitress at the Adelphi Theatre next year as Jenna Hunterson, marking her West End debut in a musical that features an original, Tony Award-nominated score written by herself. 

She will be joined by Gavin Creel, who will return to the West End for the first time in seven years to play Dr. Pomatter. 

The pair will star in Waitress at the Adelphi Theatre for performances from 27th January to 7th March 2020.

Best known for hit songs including 'Love Song' and 'Brave', Bareilles has played the role of Jenna in the Broadway production of Waitress on three separate engagements, including a four week run opposite Creel as Dr. Pomatter earlier this year. Her theatre credits also include Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert.

Creel returns to the West End after winning the 2014 Olivier Award for best actor in a musical as Elder Price in The Book of Mormon. On Broadway, Creel has starred in Hello, Dolly! as Cornelius Hack, as well as La Cage Aux Folles and Hair.

Lucie Jones and David Hunter will play their final performance as Jenna and Dr. Pomatter respectively on 25th January, returning to their roles on 9th March.

The cast of Waitress is completed by Joe Sugg as Ogie, Sandra Marvin as Becky, Laura Baldwin as Dawn, Tamlyn Henderson as Earl, Andrew Boyer as Old Joe, Kelly Agbowu, Piers Bate, Cindy Belliott, Michael Hamway, Stephen Leask, Chris McGuigan, Olivia Moore, Nathaniel Morrison, Sarah O'Connor, Leanne Pinder and Charlotte Riby.

Hannah Tointon will join the cast of Waitress next month as Dawn, as previously announced.

Faced with an unwanted pregnancy, waitress and pie-maker Jenna enters a local pie-making competition to raise funds to move away and start a new life, supported by her co-workers. The musical features songs including 'She Used to Be Mine' and 'What Baking Can Do'.

Waitress is at the Adelphi Theatre.

Waitress tickets are available now.

Photo credit: Family Equality (Flickr) under CC 2.0

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