Court adds Spiro to ‘Soup’

Arnold Wesker play to open June 7

LONDON — Double Olivier award-winner Samantha Spiro (“Hello, Dolly!” and “Twelfth Night” at Donmar) will star in a revival of Arnold Wesker’s British classic “Chicken Soup with Barley” at the Royal Court from June 3, ahead of a June 7 opening.

First performed in 1958, Wesker’s groundbreaking family-and-politics drama was the first part of a trilogy completed by “Roots” and “I’m Talking About Jerusalem.”

The production will be helmed by a.d. Dominic Cooke. “Bringing Arnold Wesker’s play back to the Royal Court after 50 years is an exciting prospect,” he said. ” ‘Chicken Soup with Barley’ is an epic play that spans 20 years in the life of an East End Jewish family. It vividly captures a loss of political idealism, a feeling that chimes with our own confused times.”

Cooke’s current production “Clybourne Park” is in previews for its West End transfer, having already won the Critics’ Circle, Evening Standard and South Bank Show awards for best play.

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