Cut and pasted from an email from the National:
1950s London. In the kitchen of an enormous West End restaurant, the orders are piling up. 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.
A cast of over 30 bring the clamour of a working kitchen to life in this extraordinary play by Arnold Wesker. The 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.
£12 Travelex tickets.
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There will be an NT Live of The Kitchen on 6 October across the UK (varying dates internationally) for those of you who can't get to London.
There has been a lot of buzz building about this production for some time at the National. Good luck to the National for the first preview today! I am seeing this in October - can't wait!