National Theatre's 'The Kitchen' shows at Ross Oct. 7, 9

The Kitchen
The Kitchen

Broadcast live from the stage of the National Theatre, "The Kitchen" is a darkly funny and furious examination of the chaos in a 1950s London restaurant kitchen. It shows at the Ross at 7 p.m., Oct. 7, with an encore screening 3 p.m., Oct. 9.

Tickets available online and at the Ross box office.

"The Kitchen" by Arnold Wesker is set in 1950s London. In the kitchen of an enormous West End restaurant, the orders are piling up: a post-war feast of soup, fish, cutlets, omelettes and fruit flans.

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.

Arnold Wesker’s extraordinary play premiered at the Royal Court in 1959 and has since been performed in over 30 countries. The Kitchen puts the workplace center- stage in a blackly funny and furious examination of life lived at breakneck speed, when work threatens to define who we are.

National Theatre Live is an initiative to broadcast live performances of plays from the National Theatre in London onto cinema screens worldwide. The first season of events, which began in June 2009 with the acclaimed production of Phèdre starring Helen Mirren, was seen by over 165,000 people on 320 screens in 22 countries. Broadcasts will also feature behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with artists.

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