Chicken Soup With Barley And The Village Bike Extends At Royal Court Theatre

Dominic Cooke’s revival of Arnold Wesker’s play Chicken Soup with Barley will extend for an extra week until Saturday 16 July at the Royal Court Theatre in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs.

Penelope Skinner’s The Village Bike, which begin previews on 24 June (press night 1 July) has also been an extended for an extra week until Saturday 30 July in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs.

Chicken Soup with Barley opened to four and five stars across the board last week, matching the record-breaking Clybourne Park’s biggest sales day last year.

The cast includes Samantha Spiro as Sarah Kahn with Jenna Augen, Steve Furst, Rebecca Gethings, Joel Gillman, Ilan Goodman, Harry Peacock, Tom Rosenthal, Danny Webb and Alexis Zegerman. It is directed by Dominic Cooke, designed by Ultz, with lighting by Charles Balfour, sound by Gareth Fry and music by Gary Yershon.

The kettle boils in 1936 as the fascists are marching. Tea is brewed in 1946, with disillusion in the air at the end of the war. Twenty years on, in 1956, as rumours spread of Hungarian revolution, the cup is empty.

Sarah Kahn, an East End Jewish mother, is a feisty political fighter and a staunch communist. Battling against the State and her shirking husband she desperately tries to keep her family together.

A moving and important state-of-the-nation play capturing the collapse of an ideology alongside the disintegration of a family.

The Village Bike is the Royal Court debut from Penelope Skinner. The cast includes Nicholas Burns, Phil Cornwell, Romola Garai, Alexandra Gilbreath, Dominic Rowan and Sasha Waddell. It is directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins, designed by Helen Goddard with lighting by James Farncombe, sound by David McSeveney and video by Christophe Toumazou

‘Isn’t she gorgeous? Hardly been ridden. She’s been in the garage just gathering dust’

Becky’s pregnant and frustrated. But her husband is more interested in the baby manual than her new underwear so she turns to the porn stash under the bed. As the summer heats up, a brief encounter sends her speeding downhill towards reckless abandon.

A provocative and darkly comic look at fantasy and romance.

Age 18+. Contains scenes of a sexual nature.

The Village Bike is part of the Royal Court’s Jerwood New Playwrights programme, supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation

Tickets available online at or from the Box Office on 020 7565 5000.

Release issued by: Royal Court press office


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