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Chicken Soup with Barley archiveA 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 listings for Chicken Soup with Barley

Work type: Play.


Corporate Sponsor Coutts & Co. Producer Royal Court Theatre. Director Dominic Cooke. Design Ultz. Lighting Charles Balfour. Sound Gareth Fry. Music Gary Yershon. Performer Samantha Spiro (Sarah Khan). Performer Jenna Augen (Ada Kahn). Performer Steve Furst (Hymie Kossof). Performer Joel Gillman (Dave Simmonds). Performer Ilan Goodman (Prince Silver). Performer Harry Peacock (Money Blatt). Performer Tom Rosenthal (Ronnie Kahn). Performer Danny Webb (Harry Kahn). Performer Alexis Zegerman (Cissie).
2 Jun 11 to 16 Jul 11Royal Court - Jerwood Theatre, West End :: V411
listing details L01286878155


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).
13 Oct 05 to 19 Nov 05The Kiln (formerly Tricycle Theatre), Inner London :: V250
listing details L01626117877
8 Apr 05 to 23 Apr 05Playhouse, Nottingham :: V457
listing details L01589324768

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