Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
THE GARRICK Theatre's production of Elmina's Kitchen
which had been booking to August 20, 2005, has posted
early closing notices. It will now close on July 23 after a run
of three months.
As planned, On the Ceiling
will follow (with previews) from August 30, 2005.
Previously Posted: ACTOR/WRITER Kwame Kwei-Armah
(pictured) makes his West End writing and acting debut
when his award-winning play, Elmina's Kitchen
opens at the Garrick Theatre on April 26, 2005, (previews from
It was first seen at the National's Cottesloe Theatre in May
2003, where it earned Kwei-Armah the Evening Standard Award for
Most Promising Playright. The new production is currently on-tour.
Elmina's Kitchen is set
in Hackney, east London, where the Yardies are assuming control
of 'Murder Mile' and Digger's offer of protection sounds more
like a threat.
It's there that Deli (Kwei-Armah) a restaurateur, is trying to
keep his business afloat, while at the same time, protecting his
son from life's many temptations.
Although probably best-known for his role of paramedic Finlay
Newton in BBC's long-running series, Casualty, and his
success in last year's Celebrity Fame Academy which spawned
his first album, entitled simply Kwame, Kwei-Armah has,
in fact, written several plays.
They include Hold On, A Bitter Herb, Big Nose and Fix
Up which is playing at the Cottesloe until March 23, 2005.
Joining Kwei-Armah in Elmina's Kitchen will be Donna
Croll, Oscar James and Shaun Parkes, all three reprising their
National Theatre roles. And playing Deli's son, Ashley, will be
Grange Hill's Michael Obiora
The Garrick's production will be directed by Angus Jackson who's
also responsible for Kwei-Armah's Fix Up.