November 9th, 2011

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The Kitchen, National Theatre, closes today (9 November)

Cut and pasted from the National's website:

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.

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My feature on The Kitchen is here:
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In tribute to ... Tom Brooke

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The Kitchen closes tonight at the National. Tom Brooke, who plays Peter, is one of the leads in the piece. I have tipped him as one to watch!

"Tom Brooke is Peter, the pale, intense, anguished German fish cook, who is hopelessly in love with married waitress Monique, and fantasises about waking up to find the restaurant has vanished and he is miraculously free."
- The Arts Desk website

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Benedict and Jonny go head to head in the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards

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I have run the story already, but I wanted to post this photo on the com - it is both stunning and beautiful.

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