NT Live enters its third season, broadcasting HD performances of National Theatre plays onto cinema screens around the world. Each listed presentation will be performed live in London, filmed in high definition and presented exclusively by the Shakespeare Theatre Company.
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 clamor 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 more than 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.