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The Kitchen - 2011 - West End

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.

Fifteen hundred customers an' half of them eating fish. I had to start work on a Friday.

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.

We all said we wouldn’t last the day, but tell me - what is there a man can’t get used to?

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 centre stage in a blackly funny and furious examination of life lived at breakneck speed, when work threatens to define who we are.


National Theatre (Olivier)

(London, )
(Waterloo) South Bank


by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 7, 2021
Theatre Rhinoceros will present a FREE Zoom/Facebook Live presentation of KITCHEN FARCE, conceived and Performed by John Fisher on Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 8:30pm FREE!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 7, 2021
The Kitchen will present the next installment of the institution’s longest ongoing series, Dance and Process, with new work by Leslie Cuyjet, Kennis Hawkins, and Alex Rodabaugh. These performances are the culmination of a group process of sharing work and feedback curated and facilitated by Moriah Evans and Yve Laris Cohen.
by Alexa Criscitiello - May 7, 2021
Theatre Rhinoceros presents a FREE Zoom/Facebook Live presentation KITCHEN FARCE. Conceived and performed by John Fisher, streaming Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 8:30pm for one, free live performance only.
by Sarah Jae Leiber - May 6, 2021
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by Sarah Jae Leiber - May 5, 2021
“Flipping houses was just the beginning for me,” said Christina. “I’ve got a growing design business with an amazing team. And three kids that definitely keep me on my toes.” 
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 5, 2021
Author Sara Ohlin has announced the upcoming release of her new contemporary small town romance, Flirting with Forever. Scheduled for release by Totally Bound Publishing on May 11, 2021, this the second book in her Graciella series.
by Alexa Criscitiello - May 5, 2021
Chicago's longest-running storytelling collective, 2nd Story, is expanding its groundbreaking CultureBuilds program with the announcement of two virtual “pay-what-you-feel” public programs.
by Alexa Criscitiello - May 4, 2021
The Kitchen Theatre Company finishes out the streaming portion of its 2020-2021 Season, The Journey to 30, with Bloom Where You're Planted: A Twenty Year Artistic Journey, a film by Artistic Director Emerita Rachel Lampert and former Associate Producing Director, Lesley Greene.
by Alexa Criscitiello - May 4, 2021
Obie Award winner Metropolitan Playhouse presents a new free 'screened' reading, live-streamed at no charge, and a talkback to follow: TRIFES, by Susan Glaspell.
by Stephi Wild - May 3, 2021
Art House Productions has announced casting for the Virtual INKubator New Play Festival starting tonight, Monday, May 3 through Wednesday, May 19 online via Zoom.
by Marina Kennedy - May 26, 2021
After five years flourishing in Paris, Fulgurances brings its chef residency program to Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Like the Parisian original, New York’s Fulgurances, Laundromat will be an incubator for young international chefs who’ve worked in some of the world’s most exciting kitchens but not yet opened their own.
by TV Scoop - May 24, 2021
Find out what's happening on Coming Up on a New Episode of CRIME SCENE KITCHEN and if it's a new episode, airing on FOX on Wednesday, June 2, 2021!
by Gary Naylor - May 22, 2021
Knowing me, knowing you, it does exactly what you'll expect!
by Stephi Wild - May 21, 2021
After more than a year of being homebound and Zoomed out, the cast of Broadway Bares will turn on their cameras and turn up the heat when Broadway Bares: Twerk from Home premieres online Sunday, June 20, 2021.
by Alexa Criscitiello - May 21, 2021
The UC San Diego Department of Theatre and Dance Presents NEW DIRECTIONS New dance works by undergraduate choreographers directed by guest choreographer Marcos Duran MFA '20.
by Stephi Wild - May 20, 2021
The popular idea of a 'Liederabend' – an evening of song – goes back to Schubertiads and the flowering of German Romantic poetry and song in the 1800s. These musical salons provided the artists and ruling-class intelligentsia of their day opportunity to co-mingle ideas, music, and personal passions.
by Alan Henry - May 20, 2021
American Repertory Theater released today their third quarterly report to update audiences, artists, and the community on their action steps to build anti-racist and anti-oppressive practices into their structure, culture and governance.
by Stephen Mosher - May 19, 2021
After thirty-seven years together, Brad Hurtado and Sean Martin Hingston are finally building their dream house, and one little TikTok video gave them an international audience and a not-quite DIY show for 2021.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 18, 2021
The Kitchen Theatre Company will conclude it's 2020-2021 season with the world premiere SHAPE. This action-packed feminist comedy is written and directed by Southern Methodist University Professor Kara-Lynn Vaeni+ and offers a forthright look into fitness, body image, and how we define strength.
by Stephi Wild - May 17, 2021
Casting has been announced for Home, I'm Darling at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, a co-production with the Octagon Theatre Bolton and Theatre by the Lake, Keswick.
by TV Scoop - May 17, 2021
Find out what's happening on Coming Up on the Series Premiere of CRIME SCENE KITCHEN and if it's a new episode, airing on FOX on Wednesday, May 26, 2021!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 17, 2021
After a 15-month shutdown due to the COVID-19 epidemic, proprietors Steve Baruch, Richard Frankel, and Tom Viertel have announced that “Broadway’s Supper Club” Feinstein’s/54 Below will reopen its iconic red door for live performances on June 17, 2021. 
by Sarah Jae Leiber - May 14, 2021
Previously released single, 'dancing in the kitchen,' now has an acoustic version streaming everywhere now, as well as a live performance video. The song is all about being lazy and wasting the day away with someone you love and adore spending time with.
by Stephi Wild - May 13, 2021
The Blue Room Theatre has just dropped another four shows in their upcoming 2021 season.
by Stephi Wild - May 13, 2021
Hampstead Theatre has announced further live productions for 2021. 
by Sarah Jae Leiber - May 12, 2021
On Thursday, June 17th, Bryan and Michael welcome eight of the country’s most promising chefs into their kitchen for a culinary competition designed to test the chefs’ talents to see if they have what it takes to succeed in the restaurant world.
by Alexa Criscitiello - May 11, 2021
Tourmaline on her inclusion in Born in Flames: Feminist Futures at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York, curated by Jasmine Wahi, Holly Block Curator of Social Justice. The exhibition will run through September 12, 2021.
by Rachel Weinberg - May 10, 2021
THE LAST MATCH derives its greatest level of poignancy from the fact that it lays bare Tim and Sergei’s interior lives for the audiences.
by Alexa Criscitiello - May 10, 2021
The Jersey City Theater Center will host numerous pop-up performances, virtual tours, site visits and gatherings (both in-person and online) as part of the daylong fundraising event #Hudsongives, on Thursday May 13.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 8, 2021
The Kitchen has announced the appointment of Legacy Russell (she/they) as its next Executive Director & Chief Curator. Russell arrives from The Studio Museum in Harlem, where she led the organization’s renowned Artist-in-Residence program, helped to expand its scope of acquisitions, and organized numerous exhibitions.
by TV Scoop - Jun 7, 2021
Find out what's happening on Coming Up on a New Episode of CRIME SCENE KITCHEN and if it's a new episode, airing on FOX on Wednesday, June 16, 2021!
by TV News Desk - Jun 7, 2021
The career of the multitalented Chris “Ludacris” Bridges can best be described as remarkable. As a recording artist, he has sold more than 24 million albums worldwide.
by Stephi Wild - Jun 4, 2021
Two of Yorkshire's best known theatre companies are set to join forces with an exciting line-up of playwrights for an afternoon of brand-new short plays written for radio and performed in front of a live audience.
by Student Blogger: Erika Spondike - Jun 2, 2021
I'm a musical theatre major, I love the grind. Going from 30 hours (yep) of classes a week to having my calendar completely cleared was a big jump. But I can already feel myself itching to write something new on my to-do list. So instead of sitting around and waiting for fall, here are my suggestions to fight off that Summer Slump.
by Stephen Mosher - Jun 2, 2021
They fought the good fight to stay alive and Brandy's Piano Bar did just that... but it wasn't just the Brandy's team that did the fighting: the neighborhood that leans on the local haunt for relaxation, libation, and recreation worked just as hard to keep them around. Well, they're still here and every night at Brandy's is a celebration.
by Marina Kennedy - Jun 2, 2021
Broadwayworld had the pleasure of interviewing celebrity chef, Aarón Sánchez about his career and his role as a judge on MASTERCHEF.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 17, 2021
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by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 16, 2021
Fresh off their in-person performances at Ascend Amphitheater as the first performing arts organization in Nashville to return to live events, Nashville Ballet has announced their 2021-22 season, featuring a sensational lineup of in-theater performances and new digital releases that will appeal to a variety of audiences.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jun 16, 2021
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by TV News Desk - Jun 15, 2021
Moving to Asheville at age 16 gave her the community and freedom she was after. It also brought her to a renowned group of musicians including Brad Cook, who together with De Souza produced Any Shape You Take.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 15, 2021
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by TV Scoop - Jun 14, 2021
Find out what's happening on Coming Up on a New Episode of CRIME SCENE KITCHEN and if it's a new episode, airing on FOX on Wednesday, June 23, 2021!
by Nicole Rosky - Jun 14, 2021
This week (June 14-20) in live streaming: Rita Moreno visits Backstage Live, Show of Titles on demand, a Kerry Butler master class, a Guys and Dolls reunion, and so much more!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 10, 2021
Drag sensation Shuga Cain, the beloved season 11 contestant of the Emmy Award-winning reality television series, “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” will be the Mistress of Ceremonies in Seven Deadly Sins, the sexy and adventurous outdoor theatrical experience, coming to New York City’s Meatpacking District. 
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 10, 2021
Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company will present Dance With Us, an educational digital platform centered around the premiere of a series of new dance films. The resource launches from June 25-27, 2021 at 7pm ET with the premieres of the films and the reveal of the platform, a website whose URL will go live at this moment.
by TV Scoop - Jun 1, 2021
Find out what's happening on Coming Up on a New Episode of CRIME SCENE KITCHEN and if it's a new episode, airing on FOX on Wednesday, June 9, 2021!
by Herbert Paine - Apr 30, 2021
Is it not so that two of the key ingredients in shaping identity, building community, and cultivating civility are food and the arts? Indeed, the habits of the heart emanate from these divine humanistic expressions. Hsuan Yu Pan, a Taiwanese-raised, New York City-based documentarian, simply and exquisitely illustrates the point in two films ~ one, a 2:30 short, entitled HEAR, EAT, HOME: KINAN’S VISION; the other, an eight-minute documentary, MY MOTHER’S TABLE.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Apr 30, 2021
OVATION will feature an evening of exclusive performances from Grammy Award nominees The Avett Brothers, whose music is featured in Berkeley Rep's upcoming production of Swept Away.
by Taylor Brethauer-Hamling - Apr 29, 2021
We asked our readers to share their most meaningful memories of Rent on the show's 25th Broadway anniversary.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Apr 28, 2021
Celebration Theatre Company makes its Orlando Fringe debut with an original musical by the up and coming playwright, Andrew Barret Cox. HEXED: A Femme Rock Musical will take the stage for its first performance on May 19.