Waitress Opens in the West End to Smashing Reviews – Shaun Prendergast plays Joe

Broadway’s hit musical Waitress had it’s official opening at The Adelphi in London last night receiving a plethora of good reviews.

‘Treat yourself to a slice of five-star pie.’ – The Times ★★★★★

‘Take one waitress, add two dozen catchy songs, a pinch of female empowerment, and a lot of love: bake to perfection.’ – The Stage ★★★★ 

‘This show is the real deal’ – The Independent ★★★★

Winterson’s actor Shaun Prendergast plays the role of Joe, had this to say, ‘This has been one of the most happiest experiences in my career. It’s so great to be in a show which genuinely breaks boundaries.’ 

‘Shaun Prendergast as a dyspeptic fairy godfather lends weight to a show that has a fair share of schlock but a genuinely warm heart.’ – The Guardian

‘Shaun Prendergast lends grumpy Joe, the diner owner, a humanity that is surprisingly touching.’ – Whats On Stage 

‘Brought to life by a groundbreaking, all-female creative team, this Tony Award®-nominated hit features original music and lyrics by 6-time Grammy® nominee Sara Bareilles (‘Love Song,’ ‘Brave’), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam) and direction by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (Pippin, Finding Neverland).’ –

Announcing the musical’s London run, Bareilles said: ‘We are so proud of this beautiful show, and can’t wait to share the story of Jenna with a whole new audience and welcome them into the world of Waitress with open arms and plenty of pie’.

Waitress tells the story of Jenna a waitress and pro-pie maker. She has big dreams, most of all to leave her little town and abusive relationship. Looking for ways out she sees a pie contest and its grand prize as her chance.

Shaun has a novel being published this year called Benny Blue Eyes, for more information or to contact Shaun you can reach him on Twitter @ShaunPrend