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Chicken Soup with Barley

Opens: 02/06/2011 Closes: 16/07/2011 Royal Court Theatre, London
Arnold Wesker's landmark play returns to the Royal Court after more than 50 years. Dominic Cooke directs Olivier Award-winning actress Samantha Spiro in the epic drama, spanning twenty years in the life of a politically-minded Jewish family. For more information visit: http://www.royalcourttheatre.com/whats-on/chicken-soup-with-barley Buy: http://www.royalcourttheatre.com/whats-on/chicken-soup-with-barley
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Evening Standard“A deep core of humanity...” Today, the substance of this family chronicle seems less novel, but it's a lot more than just a dusty period piece, and Cooke's interpretation, with an affectionately detailed design by Ultz, is meticulous and impressive...
 
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Whatsonstage.com“Finding your voice...” Wesker wrote what he knew in these plays, and what he felt, and for anyone like me who comes from anything like the same East End background, they are simply iconic, historic, ground-breaking, heart-breaking; still, after all these years...
 
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The Stage“Towering performances...” Though there’s a forced, awkward quality to those early attic scenes, Dominic Cooke’s production grows in power as the play moves into the forties and fifties...
 
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The Independent“Cooke's production has a terrific vivacity...” I was wrestling with lump in my throat of golf ball proportion. Wonderful, too, is Danny Webb's performance as her feckless husband, Harry. Highly recommended..
 
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Financial Times“A deep vein of humanity...” Seen now, the dated aspects of the play certainly emerge, but so, too, do the timeless ones. Cooke’s beautifully judged production and Spiro’s moving performance leave us with Sarah’s words ringing in our ears...
 
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The Telegraph“Vitality, detail and emotional depth...” There is far more to admire than cavil over, and there is nothing sentimental about Wesker’s portrait of the Kahn family that he based at least partly on his own. The souring of political hope is strongly caught...
 
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Guardian“Dominic Cooke's flawless production...” With strong support from Tom Rosenthal as the idealistic Ronnie and Harry Peacock as a young militant turned Manchester shopkeeper, this is a production that should encourage a whole new generation to discover the often neglected Wesker...
 
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