Desi Oakley, who was the original Jenna in the US tour of Waitress, was flown to London over the weekend in order to play the lead role at the Adelphi Theatre this week.
— Marisha Wallace (@marishawallace) January 13, 2020
Lucie Jones and understudies Olivia Moore and Sarah O’Connor were all too unwell to perform as Jenna on Saturday, resulting in the matinee and evening performances being cancelled. The remaining cast performed a series of numbers from the show to those who decided to stay.
All audience members for both Saturday performances will receive a refund.
The cast is soon to change as the musical’s songwriter Sara Bareilles makes her West End debut as Jenna. The Grammy Award-winning artist will be joined by Broadway star Gavin Creel, who plays her love interest, from 27 January.