Waitress the Musical playing at the Adelphi Theatre in London’s West End is one of the hottest tickets around. Based on the 2007 film ‘Waitress’ written by Adrienne Shelly, it focuses on the story of a pregnant waitress who is struggling to get out of an abusive relationship with her husband. The musical, written by Sara Bareilles, opened in London’s West End in 2019 and originally starred Katharine McPhee who has now been replaced by Lucie Jones. Here’s what we made of the West End’s newest hit.
FIRST TIME TROUBLES
For full disclosure, we’ve actually been to see this show twice this summer. Unfortunately, during our first visit we were massively unimpressed with our seats which were sold as having a slightly restricted view. When we arrived we were told that the view from our seats in the Upper Circle would be impeded by the safety rail in front.
However, the safety rails had little to no impact on our view of the stage. The bigger issue was that our view was completely blocked by the ladies sat in the row in front of ours who leaned forward throughout the show. This meant that we unfortunately missed most of the show and whilst we enjoyed what we heard, Vicky summed it up well by saying it was just like listening to a podcast. We emailed the Waitress team after the show to see what they could do and thankfully they very kindly offered us two complimentary tickets to come back and enjoy the show in the third row of the Upper Circle.
SECOND TIME’S A CHARM
What a difference a seat makes! Our second visit to Waitress could not have been more different. Firstly, with a full view of the stage we could fully enjoy the comic timing and staging of this excellent show. Waitress the Musical does something that very few shows do well. It has an excellent blend of funny and touching moments. The show delicately raises important questions around fidelity and domestic violence while maintaining its humour and light touch and is underpinned throughout by an excellent score from Sara Bareilles.
Secondly, our second trip was just after a change in the cast which meant that we saw two very different shows. Lucie Jones who has taken over from Katharine McPhee in the lead role was outstanding and her rendition of ‘She Used To Be Mine’ was the highlight of both of our visits to the show. There were a number of other standout performances including Marissa Wallace as Becky and Laura Baldwin as Dawn. During our second visit we were also very impressed with Blake Harrison, formerly of Inbetweeners fame, who is a new addition to the cast as Ogie.
Waitress is continuing its run at the Adelphi Theatre and we would highly recommend this show to anyone looking to see something new on the West End.