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Blake Harrison joins Waitress in the West End

”The Inbetweeners” actor will take over from Jack McBrayer in the show

Blake Harrison
Blake Harrison
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Blake Harrison will join the West End cast of Waitress.

Harrison, best known for his role in The Inbetweeners and with previous stage credits including On The Pier, will play Ogie in the musical, taking over from Jack McBrayer who will have his final performance on 15 June.

He will join the newly announced Lucie Jones and Ashley Roberts in the show from 17 June at the Adelphi Theatre, with the production's cast also including Marisha Wallace, David Hunter, Peter Hannah and Shaun Prendergast.

Waitress opened at the Adelphi Theatre earlier this year, with WhatsOnStage critic Sarah Crompton saying: "Waitress is a treat… it leaves a pleasantly sweet taste in the mouth."

Sara Bareilles' songs feature in the piece, which is based on the 2007 film by Adrienne Shelly and has a book by Jessie Nelson. The show tells of a waitress and avid baker in a small town working in a diner who is stuck in a toxic relationship.

The show is directed by Diane Paulus, with choreography from Lorin Latarro, lighting from Ken Billington and designs from Scott Pask.