The Kitchen

West End


National Theatre, Olivier

Until Wed Nov 9 2011


The Kitchen © Marc Brenner

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Great staging and choreography and a good performance by Tom Brooke, but what a weak play, especially the ending.


If you are at all interested in 1950's, Cultural History, Cooking,Multi Culturalism or Arnold Wesker, then please go and see this play. This is a superb ensemble production with a brilliant performance from Tom Brooke. The set and the direction were up to the very highest standards of the National Theatre. I got a bargain last minute seat at the first row of the stalls (just £12) and had a magical experience even though at couldn't see the very back of the set. Go and see this performance, you will not be disappointed!


I had fun with this play. I particularly liked some of their more 'off the wall' techniques, such as synchronised movement, waitresses coming out of the ceiling and characters freezing until spoken to! The set was wonderfully detailed and the themes were engaging. Worth a watch.


Fantastic prodruction. It was funny, heartwarming, moving and a great set! Its a must see and for all you Arnold Wesker fans out there another masterpiece. Sat up in the Circle for this play- best views as you get to see all the characters and the board above which is used for the writing down of the orders'll know what i mean when you see the play. Well done to Tom Brooke what a great accent.. he was funny! and also Bertha.. great character.. I laughed and laughed. a very enjoyable evening.


What a disappointing play. I can't help but use the phrase too many cooks spoil the broth. 30 cast members is the obvious way of communicating the frenetic kitchen environment but has the effect of watering everything down into something that is completely unforgettable. Spreading the dialogue across so many different characters doesn't allow any to develop meaningfully and I came away with a sour taste in my mouth. The National is a lovely theatre but the setting was too big for this play. It would have benefitted being in a smaller venue, halving the cast numbers and sharpening the dialogue and creating something with substance.