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Smash-hit romantic musical comedy Waitress is served up at Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall next week.

The West End show will run from Monday to Saturday as part of a UK tour.

It will star Casualty’s Chelsea Halfpenny as Jenna, Wendy Mae Brown as Becky, Evelyn Hoskins as Dawn, and David Hunter as Dr Pomatter.

Waitress is based on the 2007 movie written by Adrienne Shelly and opened on Broadway in 2016.

Waitress is coming to the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham. Credit: Johan Persson (57845983)
Waitress is coming to the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham. Credit: Johan Persson (57845983)

It tells the story of Jenna, an expert pie maker in a small town, who dreams of a way out of her loveless marriage.

A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a new life, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes to happiness. But Jenna must find the courage and strength within herself to rebuild her life.

Chelsea Halfpenny began her career in the popular children’s television series Byker Grove. She appeared as Amy Wyatt in Emmerdale for three years and then Alice Munroe in Casualty for four years.

Waitress is coming to the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham. Credit: Johan Persson (57845981)
Waitress is coming to the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham. Credit: Johan Persson (57845981)

Chelsea made her West End debut as Judy Bernly in 9 to 5 The Musical at the Savoy Theatre.

Wendy Mae Brown’s West End theatre credits include The Book Of Dust, The Lorax and Kiss Me, Kate while Evelyn Hoskins most recently played the role of Dawn in Waitress in the West End.

David Hunter reprises his role as Dr Pomatter having originated the role in the West End. His other West End credits include Kinky Boots, Once, One Man, Two Guvnors, Tommy and Seussical.

David gained national notoriety during his time on ITV’s Superstar, competing to play the role of Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar.

They join George Crawford as Ogie, Michael Starke as Joe Tamlyn Henderson as Earl and Christopher D. Hunt as Cal.

The company also includes Monique Ashe-Palmer, Amelia Atherton, Donal Brennan, Aimée Fisher, Scarlet Gabriel, Nathanael Landskroner, Charlie Martin, Liam McHugh, Olivia Mitchell, Ben Morris and Brian Roland.

Waitress opened on Broadway in April 2016 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, where it ran until January 2020.

It had its official opening night at the Adelphi Theatre in London’s West End in March 2019.

Book by Jessie Nelson

Music and Lyrics by Grammy Award-winner Sara Bareilles

Based upon the motion picture written by Adrienne Shelly

Directed by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus

WAITRESS was originally produced by Barry & Fran Weissler and Norton and Elayne Herrick. The tour is produced by Barry & Fran Weissler and David Ian Productions.



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