UK and Ireland Tour

The first UK and Ireland tour of Waitress the Musical is due to start in September 2021, having been rescheduled from winter 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The show closed on London’s West End around four months early, due to the pandemic, and will reopen in London, at Wimbledon’s New Wimbledon Theatre, on Saturday 4 September, before embarking on a full tour of the UK and Republic of Ireland throughout 2021 and 2022.

Lucie Jones will reprise her West End role as Jenna Hunterson, as will Sandra Marvin and Evelyn Hoskins as Becky and Dawn respectively; Monique Ashe-Palmer and Ben Morris also join from the West End cast.

Unlike the West End production, the tour production does not include automation, or the large pie cabinets that are to the left and right of the stage. The pie board also includes ‘A Big Ol’ Slice of Live Your Life Pie’, referencing the song ‘Live Your Life‘, written by Nick Cordero, part of the original Broadway cast who passed away from COVID-19 in 2020.

Differences to West End Production

Some of the amendments made to the show that have been changed for the UK and Ireland tour are as follows – many of these follow changes made for the US tour dates without automation, and also apply to the Broadway restaging:

  • ‘The Negative’ is performed on stage right, rather than stage left, with the toilet cubicle and sink coming on to the opposite side of the stage
  • ‘What Baking Can Do’ has an extended introduction
  • Mini light-up pie cabinets are placed to stage left and stage right for ‘What Baking Can Do’ and ‘I Didn’t Plan It’
  • Dawn describes herself as ‘fervently organised’ instead of ‘enthusiastically American’
  • Ogie is described as a ‘mad clogging elf’ rather than a ‘mad stalking elf’ when he arrives at Joe’s Pie Diner
  • Ogie’s injury, when he placed Paul Revere, resulted in him losing his pinkie
  • During ‘Bad Idea (Reprise)‘, Dawn is now stitching a USA pride flag, which includes colours from the LGBTQ+ rainbow flag, including black and brown to represent people of colour, and the colours of trans flag
  • The chair in ‘Bad Idea (Reprise)’ does not move, as there is no automation, meaning Ogie carries Dawn off-stage
  • Jenna names the wedding pies she has baked for Dawn and Ogie’s wedding, ‘A Big Ol’ Slice Of Live Your Life Pie’, in honour of Nick Cordero‘s song ‘Live Your Life
  • When a young person is not available to star as Lulu, the show is tweaked to feature a lifelike doll in a car seat

Cast

Cast Changes

Opened4 September 2021
Closed

Tour Dates

  • London – New Wimbledon Theatre 4 September – 11 September 2021 (from 11 October – 16 October 2021)
  • Leeds – Leeds Grand Theatre 14 September – 18 September 2021 (from 30 August – 4 September 2021)
  • Crawley – The Hawth 20 September – 25 September 2021
  • Sheffield – Lyceum Theatre 28 September – 2 October 2021 (from 26 January – 30 January 2021)
  • Milton Keynes – Milton Keynes Theatre 4 October – 9 October 2021
  • Eastbourne – Congress Theatre 18 October – 23 October 2021 (from 15 March – 20 March 2021)
  • Sunderland – Sunderland Empire 25 October – 30 October 2021 (from 1 February – 6 February 2021)
  • Manchester – Manchester Opera House 8 November – 20 November 2021 (from 30 November – 5 December 2020)
  • Aberdeen – His Majesty’s Theatre (from Aberdeen Performing Arts) 23 November – 27 November 2021 (from 23 February – 27 February 2021)
  • Northampton – Royal and Derngate 10 January – 15 January 2022 (from 22 March – 27 March 2021)
  • Edinburgh, Scotland – Edinburgh Playhouse 18 January – 22 January 2022 (from 12 January – 16 January 2021)
  • Leicester – Curve 24 January – 29 January 2022 (from 1 March – 7 March 2021)
  • Hull – Hull New Theatre 31 January – 5 February 2022 (from 8 February – 13 February 2021)
  • Bristol – Hippodrome – 8 February – 12 February 2022 (from 29 June – 3 July 2021, originally 9 March – 13 March 2021)
  • Woking – New Victoria Theatre 14 February – 19 February 2022 (from 7 June – 12 June 2021)
  • Bromley – Churchill Theatre 21 February February – 26 February 2022 (from 24 November – 28 November 2020)
  • Belfast – Grand Opera House 1 March – 5 March 2022
  • Newcastle – Theatre Royal 8 March – 12 March 2022
  • Plymouth – Theatre Royal 21 March – 26 March 2022 (from 5 July – 10 July 2021)
  • Llandudno, Wales – Venue Cymru 28 March – 2 April 2022 (from 12 April – 17 April 2021)
  • Glasgow – King’s Theatre 12 April – 16 April 2022 (from 21 June – 26 June 2021)
  • Oxford – New Theatre Oxford 25 April – 30 April 2022
  • Liverpool – Liverpool Empire 9 May – 14 May 2022 (from 31 May – 5 June 2021)
  • Birmingham – Birmingham Hippodrome 16 May – 21 May 2022 (from 11 – 15 May 2021, originally 29 March – 3 March 2021)
  • Southampton – Mayflower Theatre 24 May – 28 May 2022 (from 25 May – 29 May 2021)
  • Cardiff, Wales – Wales Millennium Centre 30 May – 4 June 2022 (from 9 August – 14 August 2021)
  • Dublin, Ireland – Bord Gais Energy Theatre 7 June – 18 June 2022 (from 14 November – 21 November 2020)
  • Torquay – Princess Theatre 20 June – 26 June 2022 (from 14 March – 19 March 2022)
  • Wolverhampton – Wolverhampton Grand Theatre 28 June – 2 July 2022 (from 23 August – 28 August 2021)
  • Dartford – Orchard Theatre 4 July – 9 July 2022
  • Brighton – Theatre Royal 11 July – 16 July 2022 (from 7 December – 12 December 2020)
  • Nottingham – Royal Concert Hall 18 July – 23 July 2022 (from 14 June – 19 June 2021)
  • Bradford – Alhambra 25 July – 30 July 2022 (from 1 May – 8 May 2021)
  • Canterbury – Marlowe Theatre 1 August – 6 August 2022
  • Southend – Cliffs Pavilion 9 August – 13 August 2022 (from 15 February – 20 February 2021, originally 7 September – 11 September 2021)
  • Norwich – Theatre Royal Norwich 15 August – 20 August 2022 (from 13 September – 18 September 2021)

Dates To Be Rescheduled

  • Ipswich – Ipswich Regent Theatre (17 May – 22 May 2021)
  • Inverness – Eden Court (5 April – 9 April 2022)

Cancelled Dates

  • Stoke-On-Trent – Regent Theatre 29 November – 4 December 2021