The Kitchen – National Theatre Live – A Disappointment

I love the concept of being able to see live theatre at my local odeon – think it’s truly inspired and feel very lucky to be able to take advantage of it.

I recently saw One Man, Two Guvnors which I thought was sensational – without doubt the funniest play I’ve ever seen.

Last night I saw The Kitchen. I am genuinely surprised by the glowing reviews I’ve read about it as I found it really quite weak and felt the first ‘half’ dragged on beyond measure. The, albeit well choroegraphed ‘busy kitchen’ scenes just went on and on and on with no obvious purpose – could easily have been a 15 minute scene.

I couldn’t help but notice some empty seats after the interval, it seemed that some people had give up on the play and gone home. I thought about it and actually wish that I had done too.

After the interval the pace picked up somewhat and Paul the pastry chef became a very engaging character. However the scenes between main characters Peter and Monique took a very macabre turn and it became obvious that you were meant to feel sympathy for Peter despite the fact he’d been a bullish, selfish character up until that point.

Monique’s soliloquy about her dream in the slaughterhouse was unbearably brutal and I would imagine that any woman in that audience who was unfortunate enough to have suffered either a miscarriage or an abortion would have gone home feeling quite haunted. In my opinion, it was unnecessary sensationalism to cover an otherwise weak play.