NT Live screenings - what a treat

Gordon Ramsay doesn't do drama like this: Tom Brooke as chef Peter in The Kitchen.
Gordon Ramsay doesn't do drama like this: Tom Brooke as chef Peter in The Kitchen.
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I WAS gutted to have missed Gavin & Stacey star James Corden in the first National Theatre Live screening at Spalding’s South Holland Centre.

Packed house – rolling in the aisles – helpless with laughter was the way I heard it.

So I jumped at the opportunity to see the next one, last Wednesday’s encore screening (within a week of the filmed performance, not live on the night) of Arnold Wesker’s The Kitchen. And what a treat – you get the feel of a big London theatre audience around you but also the bonus of brilliant close-ups and sound.

The play, written in 1957, felt sharply contemporary, as though commenting on the breakneck pace of working life today.

Set in the kitchen of a huge West End restaurant with a multi-national army of cooks, weaving their way between each other, clashing pans and temperaments, it started as a choreographed ballet to music, and finished on a note of bleak tragedy. Brilliant!

l Book now for new play Travelling Light starring Anthony Sher on February 9, and Lenny Henry in The Comedy of Errors on March 2.