National Theatre Live: The Kitchen LIVE

Rated NR 180 minutes 2011

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.

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Official Site: www.ntlive.com

Director: Bijan Sheibani

Writer: Arnold Wesker

Cast: Neil Barry, Tom Brooke, Ian Burfield, Rebecca Davies, Stavros Demetraki, Carige Els and Ruth Gibson

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