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Images released of Ashley Roberts and Lucie Jones in rehearsal for Waitress

Ashley Roberts and Lucie Jones

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IMAGES have been released of Ashley Roberts (as Dawn) and Lucie Jones (Jenna) in rehearsal for Waitress. To view them, click here.

Previously Posted: From Monday, June 17, 2019, Ashley Roberts (Strictly Come Dancing 2018 finalist, The Pussycat Dolls) will be making her West End debut as Dawn in Sara Bareilles’ hit musical Waitress for a strictly limited summer season.

It is also confirmed that Lucie Jones (Rent, Les Misérables, Legally Blonde) will take over the role of Jenna, also from June 17.

Ashley Roberts is best known for being a member of one of the biggest girl groups in the world, The Pussycat Dolls, who shot to fame after the release of the album PCD. During her seven years in the group they sold over 54 million records and toured the world performing to fans worldwide.

Since leaving the group in 2010, Ashley won the hearts of the British public in 2012 when she was voted runner up in I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! in one of the closest reality show finals in history. She followed this with a starring role on Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway. Roberts continued her TV career as a judge on ITV’s Dancing On Ice for two seasons and on the popular BBC One talent competition Let It Shine as a guest judge alongside Gary Barlow.

In 2017, Roberts pursued her love of comedy, appearing as a regular on ITV’s The Keith Lemon Sketch Show and Coming In America, in addition to hosting two seasons of 1st Look, which aired every Saturday night on NBC in the US. In 2018, Ashley joined the cast of BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing. With guidance from professional dance partner Pasha Kovalev, the pair danced their way to the finals with Roberts becoming the highest scoring contestant with an average score of 36.9. She holds the record for the most perfect scores ever received by a contestant with five perfect scores throughout the season.

Lucie Jones has played some of the most iconic roles in musical theatre, with previous theatre credits that include Cosette in Les Misérables (Queens Theatre), Maureen Johnson in RENT (The Other Palace and national tour), Elle Woods in Legally Blonde (national tour), Holly in The Wedding Singer (national tour), Victoria in American Psycho The Musical (Almeida Theatre), Molly Jensen in Ghost: The Musical (Asian tour) and Meat in the We Will Rock You (world arena tour).

Jones was a finalist in the 2009 series of The X Factor and toured the UK playing to sell out arena crowds on The X Factor Tour in 2010. In January 2017, she won the public vote on the BBC2 show Eurovision – You Decide with her original song Never Give Up On You. She competed at the Eurovision World Final in Ukraine. Other television work includes roles in Midsomer Murders and The Sarah Jane Adventures.

Alongside Lucie Jones and Ashley Roberts as Jenna and Dawn, Waitress also stars Marisha Wallace as Becky, Peter Hannah as Earl, David Hunter as Dr. Pomatter and Shaun Prendergast as Old Joe.

The full company also includes Kelly Agbowu, Piers Bate, Nicole Raquel Dennis, Michael Hamway, Stephen Leask, Chris McGuigan, Olivia Moore, Nathaniel Morrison, Sarah O’Connor, Leanne Pinder, Charlotte Riby and Mark Willshire. Laura Baldwin will return to the role of Dawn at the end of the summer.

Waitress tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie-maker who dreams her way out of a loveless marriage. 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.

Waitress is currently booking at the Adelphi Theatre until October 19, 2019.