The Royal Court's revival of Arnold Wesker’s landmark play Chicken Soup with Barley, opened last night (7 June, previews from 2 June 2011) in a production starring Olivier Award winner Samantha Spiro as Jewish matriarch Sarah Khan and directed by Royal Court artistic director Dominic Cooke.

Spiro is joined in the cast by Tom Rosenthal, Danny Webb, Harry Peacock, Alexis Zegerman, Ilan Goodman, Jenna Augen and Steve Furst for the production, which runs in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs until 9 July 2011.

Arnold Wesker’s semi-autobiographical state-of-the-nation play was last seen at the Sloane Square address more than 50 years ago.

Spanning 20 years in the life of a family in the East End of London, the story commences in 1936, as the fascists are marching, sees disillusion setting in at the end of the war in 1946 and stirs up rumours of a Hungarian revolution over an empty cup in 1956.

TO SCROLL THROUGH ALL OF CHICKEN SOUP WITH BARLEY’s 1st NIGHT PHOTOS,
JUST CLICK ON THE "NEXT >" LINKS BELOW THE FOLLOWING FRAME.
PHOTOS BY DAN WOOLLER FOR WHATSONSTAGE.COM.

Chicken Soup with Barley is designed by Ultz, with lighting by Charles Balfour, sound by Gareth Fry and music by Gary Yershon.