#theatrereview - Waitress - Mayflower Theatre

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Londons Smash Hit Musical Comedy 'Waitress' opened at Mayflower Theatre tonight and we were there to catch it.

Meet Jenna, a waitress and expert pie-maker who dreams of some happiness in her life. When a hot new doctor arrives in town, life gets complicated. With the support of her workmates Becky and Dawn, Jenna overcomes the challenges she faces and finds that laughter, love and friendship can provide the perfect recipe for happiness.

Having seen this show in the West End it was a show I was really keen to see it again. It's heartwarming and funny but also deals with hard -hitting issues like domestic violence, unplanned pregnancy and affairs.

The music in this, written by Sara Bareilles, is beautiful and the show was bought to life by a ground-breaking female led creative team. This is a really powerful show about a strong woman taking control of her unhappiness and making a positive change for the sake of her child.

Chelsea Halfpenny shone as Jenna, her voice incredible and her rendition of 'She Used To Be Mine' was a performance I won't forget. It was flawless and emotional, bringing a lot of the audience to tears.

Matt Willis was perfect as Dr Pomatter, his timing and physical comedy bought almost a Hugh Grant feel to the role. He was equally as captivating in the more emotional scenes with Jenna but it's the fun scenes he was in that stood out for me.

The supporting cast particularly Evelyn Hoskins and George Crawford just stood out for me. Ogie and Dawn are such likeable characters and you find yourself drawn into their wacky, weird and wonderful love story. 'Never Ever Getting Rid of Me' is a highlight of the show and a huge sensation on TikTok so I'm told! It's worth the watch just for that!

The staging was also amazing, the set almost becomes another cast member with the seamless transformations between the diner, the doctors surgery and Jennas' apartment like some sort of mechanical ballet.

It's an incredible musical, deserving of all the accolades it has and definitely one to catch while it's here.

Waitress is showing at Mayflower Theatre until 28th May - Tickets available here > https://www.mayflower.org.uk/whats-on/waitress-2022/

Review by Jodie Brough