One of the nation’s favourite TV cooks finds the simmering pressure of her private life is about to hit a high temperature in the all-star comedy Caroline’s Kitchen which is heading to Norwich Theatre Royal.
Running from March 6-9, it replaces the cancelled To Kill A Mockingbird and tells the story of Caroline Mortimer, who is known for being the nation’s favourite TV cook.
She has it all with a sparkling career, a big house in fashionable North London, smart kids and the best kitchen a money can buy.
But underneath the immaculate furnishings and behind the cameras, she is facing the looming collision of living a private life in the public eye when some uncomfortable truths come out.
This biting comedy by Torben Betts looks at how people in the public eye battle with the responsibilities and demands of real-life as well as themes regularly explored by Betts such as age, class, politics and marriage.
It boasts a strong cast headed by the welcome return to Norwich of Caroline Langrishe (above), after her appearance in How The Other Half Loves at Norwich Theatre Royal in 2017. She has strong links to East Anglia having appeared as Charlotte Cavendish in the BBC’s Suffolk-set favourite Lovejoy and Anglia TV’s iconic Tales Of The Unexpected, as well as the likes of Judge John Deed, Casualty and Doctors.
She will star opposite Aden Gillett (above) who has a strong theatrical pedigree appearing in productions including A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Shakespeare’s Globe, The Doctor’s Dilemma for the National Theatre, and the UK tour of The Winslow Boy. He is also known for his TV roles as Jack Maddox in The House Of Elliott and Edward Campbell in Holby City.
The cast also includes James Sutton (John Paul McQueen in Hollyoaks and Ryan Lamb in Emmerdale who is pictured above) and Jasmyn Banks (Alice Branning in EastEnders and the UK tour of One Man, Two Guvnors who is pictured below).
It also boasts regional links creatively being presented by the Bury St Edmunds-based Original Theatre Company and directed by its Bury-based artistic director Alistair Whatley, who previously directed the first UK tour of Birdsong which came to Norwich Theatre Royal back in 2013.
John Bultitude, of Norwich Theatre Royal, said: “This spiky funny exploration of the power of celebrity and what really lies beneath is going to be a Spring treat. It is also always a pleasure to welcome Caroline Langrishe back to Norwich. Her joyous portrayal of a comedy character enchanted and entertained our audiences last time she was with us, and this is sure to be matched by the performance of the Caroline’s Kitchen company.”