The Kitchen - Olivier Theatre, National

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Venue Information
Olivier Theatre, National

Olivier Theatre, National
South Bank

Seating Plan


(10mins) Follow signs for exits to the South Bank. This should lead you to an underground pedestrian passage called ‘Sutton Walk’ that emerges at the South Bank. Turn right and walk along the river Thames until you see the National Theat

The Kitchen

The Olivier National Theatre is well used to welcoming some of the most prestigious and high profile shows around and this September should be no different as Arnold Wesker’s first play “The Kitchen” arrives on its stage, more than fifty years since the show first premiered in the capital. It will be an opportunity to witness what The National does best – portray some of the best work in the United Kingdom from one of the most renowned playwrights around. So when Theatre Tickets go on sale there will be plenty of theatregoers hoping to witness an entertaining story with compelling performances.

“The Kitchen” is, unsurprisingly, set in the kitchen of a very busy restaurant in London’s West End. In this 1950s setting we are introduced to Peter (Tom Brooke), a young cook with plenty going for him who lands in the high pressure scenario and even manages to balance an affair with one of the waitresses – the married Monique. Meanwhile, all around him there are chefs, waiters, waitresses and porters of various nationalities trying to race through the orders and make it to the end of the day.

Wesker penned “The Kitchen” in 1957 and it then premiered at the Royal Court Theatre two years later. It was at the start of a career that has since seen him pen a great deal of well known plays that have appeared around the world, with “The Kitchen” heading overseas following its London run and further shows emerging such as “Chicken Soup with Barley”. Over the years London theatre audiences have also relished in the likes of “Chips with Everything”, “The Friends”, “The Merchant” and more recent additions to his back catalogue like “Groupie” and “Longitude”.

Meanwhile, actor Tom Brooke most recently appeared in “I am the Wind” at The Young Vic Theatre, with previous credits such as “Jerusalem” at the Apollo Theatre (set to return later this year) and movies like “The Boat that Rocked” and “Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason”.

Prior to the arrival of “The Kitchen” at the Olivier Theatre, audiences can witness Anton Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard”, starring Zoe Wanamaker, until August.

“The Kitchen” is at the Olivier National Theatre from Wednesday 7th September 2011 (previews from Wednesday 31st August 2011) to Sunday 6th November 2011.

Show Information
Booking From: Wednesday, 31st August 2011
Booking Until: Sunday, 6th November 2011
Matinees: Various Performances
Evenings: Various Performances
Show Status: production_closed
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