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Other spaces: Neville Studio
From8th April 2005
Opened12th April 2005
To23rd April 2005
When19:45. Apr 16 Mat 14:30. Apr 21 Mat 13:30
PricesFrom £6.00. To £22.00.
What is currently on at Playhouse (V457)

Chicken Soup with Barley

A landmark play in the history of post-war British theatre, Chicken Soup with Barley is a political drama based upon Wesker's own experiences of growing up in a Jewish family in the East End of London. Spanning three decades, it documents the effect of post-war social issues on Jewish families such as Wesker's. For the Kahn family the Promised Land is neither the Jerusalem of their forebears, not the basement flat they live in now. Their dreams of a better world is sustained by the vitality of the community around them, and is put to the test in the anti-fascist riots of the 1930s. History begins to take its toll as the mother's ideals and resilience contend with a father's weakness in a deeply moving portrait of the forces that drive us apart, and the ties that bind us together.
Author Arnold Wesker

Archive :: production:T159274830, play:S01750201951, venue:V457

Production details

Special Performances

  • 19 Apr 05 Audio Described
  • 20 Apr 05 Audio Described
  • 22 Apr 05 Sign Interpreted


Producer Nottingham Playhouse
Producer Tricycle Theatre
Director Giles Croft
Design Dawn Allsopp
Performer Robert Benfield (Hymie)
Performer Russell Bentley (Prince)
Performer Rachel Edwards (Ada/Bessie)
Performer Caroline Lennon (Cissie)
Performer Shona Morris (Sarah)
Performer Daniel Rabin (Monty)
Performer Simon Schatzberger (Harry)
Performer Nitzan Sharron (Ronnie/Dave)

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