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Waitress to have West End premiere at the Adelphi Theatre in 2019

Sara Bareilles and Jessie Nelson's musical will be cooking up a storm in the West End next year

The original Broadway production of Waitress
© Joan Marcus

Sara Bareilles and Jessie Nelson's Tony-nominated musical Waitress will have its UK premiere at the Adelphi Theatre in February next year.

The piece, which is also currently running on Broadway, is based on the 2007 film of the same name starring Keri Russell. It follows a young woman in a small town who has a talent for baking pies and yearns to enter a pie contest. Her plans are hindered by an unexpected pregnancy.

The musical opened on Broadway in March 2016 with Jessie Mueller as the lead character. It went on to be nominated for four Tony Awards and six Drama Desk Awards, as well as a Grammy Award.

The UK production will be the first West End musical to have an all-female creative team, with direction by Diane Paulus (Pippin) and choreography by Lorin Latarro (Les Liaisons Dangereuses).

Bareilles said: "I cannot contain my excitement that we will be bringing Waitress to the West End!! This is a dream come true! And I must say, to be hosted in a theatre co-owned by Andrew Lloyd Webber and the Nederlander Group makes this very sweet moment even sweeter.

"We are so proud of this beautiful show, and can't wait to share the story of Jenna with a whole new audience and welcome them into the world of Waitress with open arms and plenty of pie."

Casting for the West End production as well as full booking information for the show will be announced later this year.