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VenueOld Vic Theatre
TownWest End
CountyGreater London
From9th May 2000
Opened17th May 2000
To29th July 2000
WhenMon-Sat 19:30, Wed/Sat Mats 15:00
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Dolly West's Kitchen

Dolly West's KitchenT01854512585
Buncrana, Donegal, 1944: while Allied troops prepare for D-Day, Ireland remains steadfastly neutral - or as neutral as the widespread anti-English inclinations will allow. But in the West household, neutrality is about to get the elbow... Rima West, the elderly matriarch, is wise, mischievous and incorrigible. She thinks it does folk good, every so often, to let a bit of 'badness' into a house. And God knows, her three grown-up children certainly need something to turn their lives around. Ester, the eldest, has grown bitter locked in a sterile marriage to the undemonstrative Ned. Her youngest, Justin, is a priggish Irish army officer, who nurses a fervent hope that the Germans will win the war. Her middle child, Dolly, once a restaurateur in Italy, now presides over the kitchen of Rima's house by the sea, her life empty of love. Over the border in Derry, the Allies prepare for the invasion of France. Among them is Dolly's former lover, Alec, an Englishman now serving in the British army. So Rima invites Alec and a couple of GIs - one quiet, handsome and polite, the other, the campest infantryman in the US Army - to dinner. And when the soldiers of three different armies collide with the West clan at Dolly's kitchen table , a whole new front opens up...
Author Frank McGuinness

Archive :: production:T01854512585, play:S01161497357, venue:V402

Production details

Management: Criterion Productions plc, Guy Chapman, Sarah Earl, Mark Goucher and [The Viertel/Routh/Frankel/Baurch Group]


Company Abbey Theatre Dublin
Director Patrick Mason
Design Joe Vanek
Lighting Nick Chelton
Performer Donna Dent
Performer Pauline Flanagan
Performer Catherine Byrne
Performer Simon O'Gorman
Performer Michael Colgan
Performer Lucianne McEvoy
Performer Harry Carnahan
Performer Perry Laylor Ojeda
Performer Steven Pacey
Producer Criterion Productions plc
Producer Guy Chapman
Producer Sarah Earl
Producer Mark Goucher
Producer The Viertel / Routh / Frankel / Baurch Group

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