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REVIEW: Caroline's Kitchen at Theatre Royal Norwich

This newish piece, from the pen of Torben Betts, replaced To Kill A Mockingbird and couldn’t really be any more different.

Set in the upmarket North London kitchen of celebrity TV chef Caroline Mortimer (beautifully played by telly favourite Caroline Langrishe), the piece is meant to hold a mirror up to supposed super happy middle class families where, who would have thought, things are never quite as they seem.

Theatre Royal Norwich (2320661)
Theatre Royal Norwich (2320661)

Involving a cast of just six, there’s the husband and wife, their 20-something son, a hunky handy man who’s keen to have an affair with the wife, his own wife and finally a PA who wants to have an affair with anyone....

Classic farce material, then, and it feels a little dated. Very little happens apart from the inevitable disintegration of just about every relationship and it’s all a bit predictable.

The cast, including Aden Gillett as husband Mike, work hard to inject pace and feeling into the piece but the characters are all pretty unlikeable so it’s hard to care about them.

Caroline's Kitchen (6497901)
Caroline's Kitchen (6497901)

There are laughs but I think the piece can’t quite work out if it wants to be a psychological study or a straight up comedy.

The show continues until Saturday. More details on www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

Sarah Hardy

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