National Theatre Live: The Kitchen

The Kitchen

by Arnold Wesker

Strictly limited season: SAT NOVEMBER 12 and SUN NOVEMBER 13 at 1pm (Additional screenings at select cinemas)

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4 STARS Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, Independent, The Times

'A superb revival.' Independent

‘Fabulous, fast-moving direction... With wit and energy it keeps you gasping.' The Times

'Superbly inventive... The acting ensemble is outstanding.' Daily Telegraph


1950s London. In the kitchen of an enormous West End restaurant, the orders are piling up: a post-war feast of soup, fish, cutlets, omelettes and fruit flans.

Fifteen hundred customers an' half of them eating fish. I had to start work on a Friday.

Thrown together by their work, chefs, waitresses and porters from across Europe – English, Irish, German, Jewish – argue and flirt as they race to keep up. Peter, a high-spirited young cook, seems to thrive on the pressure. In between preparing dishes, he manages to strike up an affair with married waitress Monique, the whole time dreaming of a better life. But in the all-consuming clamour of the kitchen, nothing is far from the brink of collapse.

We all said we wouldn’t last the day, but tell me - what is there a man can’t get used to?

Arnold Wesker’s extraordinary play premiered at the Royal Court in 1959 and has since been performed in over 30 countries. The Kitchen puts the workplace centre stage in a blackly funny and furious examination of life lived at breakneck speed, when work threatens to define who we are. CAST

Frank – Neal Barry Peter – Tom Brooke Max – Ian Burfield Betty – Rebecca Davies Gaston – Stavros Demetraki Nicholas – Craige Els Gwen – Ruth Gibson Tramp – Colin Haigh Hettie – Rendah Heywood Molly – Rebecca Humphries Magi – Tendayi Jembere

Bertha – Tricia Kelly Kevin – Rory Keenan Chef – Paul McClearey Anne – Siobhán McSweeney Raymondo – Gerard Monaco Winnie – Sarah Mowat Alfredo – Vincenzo Nicoli Michael – Luke Norris Hans – Marek Oravec Mangolis – Hambi Pappas Cynthia – Jessica Regan Paul – Samuel Roukin Head Waiter – Tim Samuels Dimitri – Sam Swann Jackie – Sarah Sweeney Daphne – Stephanie Thomas Violet – Rosie Thomson


Director – Bijan Sheibani Set Designer – Giles Cadle

Costume Designer – Moritz Junge Lighting Designer – Mark Henderson Sound and Music – Dan Jones Movement Director – Aline David Cookery Consultant – Jeremy Lee


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