Page extent: 96
ISBN: 9781849430272
Binding: PaperBack

The Kitchen

Arnold Wesker

PaperBack (31 Aug 2011)
£9.99
Arnold Wesker's perennially popular play The Kitchen will be revived at the National Theatre in October 2011. Set in the basement kitchen of a large restaurant, thirty chefs, waitresses, and kitchen porters, slowly begin the day preparing to serve lunch. The central story tells of a frustrated love affair between a high-spirited, young, German chef, Peter, and a married English waitress, Monique.

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ISBN13 9781849430272
Binding PaperBack
Page Extent 96

Reviews



“Flashing, illuminating, moving, funny, passionate, authentic…” - Bernard Levin, Daily Express

“Achieves something that few playwrights have ever attempted; it dramatizes work… rising at the end of the first half to a climactic lunch-hour frenzy that is the fullest theatrical expression I have ever seen of the laws of supply and demand.” - Kenneth Tynan, The Observer

"... a masterpiece of construction. This National revival confirms its exhilarating theatrical cosmopolitanism as well as its historical poignancy and significance." - 4* The Independent

"[Wesker] is a dramatist of heart and humanity... a drama of daring ambition and technical invention [that] grips throughout." 4*, The Telegraph

"The beauty of the play is that the action stems from the rhythms of work yet behind the frenzy lurks an awareness of life's unrealised potential." 3* Stars The Guardian

"Wesker’s strength is his ear for the cadences of ordinary life and a political passion for those who lead it… with wit and energy it keeps you gasping." – The Times

"Wesker presents us with a fascinating microcosm of the melting-pot of post-war London… [and] the tyranny of the working world" – Evening Standard

"Anyone who has worked in a restaurant knows the sort of staff they can attract: drinkers, fighters, slackers, sex maniacs. That is the brilliance of Sir Arnold Wesker’s play" – Daily Mail

"A fascinating portrait of post-war, pre-pill Britain’s working class… Look behind the counter at McDonald’s 50 years on and, but for the hairnets and the fags, little has changed." – Mail on Sunday