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'WAITRESS' musical due to arrive in Sunderland


Producers Barry & Fran Weissler and David Ian are delighted to announce casting for the first ever UK and Ireland tour of the smash hit romantic musical comedy WAITRESS (www.waitressthemusical.co.uk), which heads to Sunderland Empire from 25 to 30 October 2021.

The show will star Lucie Jones as ‘Jenna’, Sandra Marvin as ‘Becky’, Evelyn Hoskins as ‘Dawn’ and Busted’s Matt Willis as ‘Dr Pomatter’.

They will be joined by George Crawford as ‘Ogie’, Michael Starke as ‘Joe’, Tamlyn Henderson as ‘Earl’ and Christopher D. Hunt as ‘Cal’. The company also includes Monique Ashe-Palmer, Amelia Atherton, Donal Brennan, Aimée Fisher, Scarlet Gabriel, Nathanael Landskroner, Charlie Martin, Liam McHugh, Olivia Mitchell, Ben Morris and Brian Roland. Elsie King and Esma Akar share the role of ‘Lulu’.




Lucie Jones reprises the role of ‘Jenna’ having recently played the part in the West End production of the show at the Adelphi Theatre. Lucie first came to prominence in 2009 when she reached the finals of ITV’s The X Factor. Since then, her many West End theatre credits include 'Cosette' in Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre, 'Victoria' in American Psycho at the Almeida and ‘Maureen' in RENT at The Other Palace. Her other credits include 'Elle Woods' in Legally Blonde at Leicester Curve, on UK Tour and at the South Korea Opera House, 'Molly' in the International tour of Ghost, 'Meatloaf' in the International Arena tour of We Will Rock You and 'Holly' in the UK tour of The Wedding Singer.

In 2017, Lucie represented the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev with the single ‘Never Give Up On You’, performing to a worldwide audience of over 300 million viewers. Last year Lucie performed a live concert to a sold-out audience at London’s Adelphi Theatre. Accompanied by the London Musical Theatre Orchestra, the concert was recorded for a live album ‘Lucie Jones - Live at The Adelphi’.

Having played ‘Jessie Grant’ in ITV’s Emmerdale for two years, Sandra Marvin joined the West End production of Waitress to play ‘Becky’. Her many other West End theatre credits include most recently ‘Mrs Fezziwig/Mrs Mops’ in A Christmas Carol at the Dominion Theatre, City of Angels and Committee at the Donmar Warehouse, ‘Miss Motormouth Maybelle’ in Hairspray at the Shaftesbury Theatre, ‘Queenie’ in Show Boat at the New London Theatre, ‘Rose’ in Stepping Out at the Vaudeville Theatre, Porgy and Bess at the Savoy Theatre and Ragtime and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. Her other credits include Romantics Anonymous at Bristol Old Vic and on tour in the US and ‘Mama Morton’ in Chicago at Leicester Curve. In 2016 Sandra performed with Kate Bush on her 22 date sold-out Before the Dawn concerts and features on her live album of the same name. Sandra also sings the title track on the Grammy Award winning soundtrack for the George Clooney film, Gravity.


Tickets are available from the Ticket Centre on 0844 871 7615* or online at www.ATGtickets.com/Sunderland*. (*Calls cost up to 7p per minute plus your standard network charge. Booking fees may apply to telephone and online bookings).