Waitress | Who will play Jenna in the West End?

The news everyone in theatre-land has been waiting for has finally landed, Sara Bareilles’ Tony nominated smash-hit musical Waitress is transferring to London in 2019.

The producers were kind enough to say it would open at the Adelphi Theatre in February 2019, but kept tight lipped on who would play the lead character Jenna Hunterson.

Assuming Jessie Mueller, who originated the role on Broadway doesn’t open the show in London, we’ve come up with a list of actresses who’d be perfect for the role.

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Ladies get your rolling pins out, put on your aprons and get ready to BAKE!

Katie Braybe
Katie Brayben

Katie Brayben

Following in the footsteps of Jessie Mueller who originated the role of Carole King in Beautiful, Katie Brayben who won an Olivier for her portrayal of Carole King in the West End, would be an obvious choice to play Jenna.

In addition to Beautiful, her theatre credits include King Charles III, Mamma Mia!, My Mother Said I Never Should & American Psycho.


Cassidy Janson in Beautiful The Carole King Musical. (c) Brinkhoff Moegenburg.

Cassidy Janson

Last seen in Chess opposite Michael Ball & Alexandra Burke, Cassidy also played the role of Carole King in Beautiful. Other West End roles include Lend Me a Tenor, Wicked and Avenue K.



Rosalie Craig in The Ferryman.
Rosalie Craig in The Ferryman. (c) Johan Persson

Rosalie Craig

Soon to be starring in Marion Elliot’s highly anticipated production of Company, Rosalie could bookend that major role with Waitress.  Her numerous theatre credits include City of Angels (Donmar Warehouse), Finding Neverland (Leicester Curve), Ragtime (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) and As You Like It, The Threepenny Opera, The Light Princess and London Road all at the National Theatre.


Christine Allado
Christine Allado

Christine Allado

Christine is currently starring in the West End production of Hamilton. Her theatre credits include Ursula in Sweet Charity (Manchester Royal Exchange), Anne Bronte in Wasted (Leeds), In The Heights (Kings Cross Theatre), Here Lies Love (National Theatre) and From Here To Eternity (Shaftesbury Theatre).


Katherine Kingsley

Katherine Kingsley

She’s smoking up the stage in the new Dusty Springfield musical but we’d love her to ditch the beehive and come bake pies.  This three-time Olivier Award nominee’s theatre credits include Piaf (Donmar Warehouse), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Savoy Theatre), Singin’ In The Rain (The Palace Theatre) and Midsummer Night’s Dream (Noël Coward Theatre).


Jade Ewen in rehearsal for Aladdin. (c) Johan Persson

Jade Ewen

Princess Jasmine in Disney’s hit musical Aladdin, we could easily see this former Sugarbabe escape the palace Agrabah for the diner. Jade’s theatre credits include  In The Heights (Kings Cross Theatre), Porgy and Bess (Regent’s Park) and Disney’s The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre).



Laura Pitt-Pulford
Laura Pitt-Pulford in rehearsal for ‘Flowers for Mrs Harris’ (c) Helen-Maybanks

Laura Pitt-Pulford

Laura’s currently in rehearsal for Flowers for Mrs Harris at Chichester Festival Theatre, but she’s a sure bet to reach the final in this bake-off.  

Her numerous credits include Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Regent’s Park), Side Show (Southwark), Nell Gwynn (UK tour), Barnum (Menier Chocolate Factory) and The Sound of Music (Leicester Curve).


Rebecca Trehearn

Rebecca Trehearn

One of musical theatre’s shining stars, this Olivier Award winner is soon to be starring in Sweet Charity at Nottingham Playhouse. Her notable theatre credits include Diary of a Teenage Girl (Southwark Playhouse), Floyd Collins (Wilton’s Musical Hall), Showboat (New London Theatre), City of Angels (Donmar Warehouse) and Dogfight (Southwark Playhouse).


Lucy St Louis in Motown The Musical, Shaftesbury Theatre, London
Lucy St Louis in Motown The Musical

Lucy St Louis

Most recently seen playing Diana Ross in Motown The Musical, Lucy St Louis has been keeping a low profile ahead of her next big project. Could she be learning to  bake pies?

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