It’s a big week at the NT, where Rufus Norris’s production of Hex returns to the South Bank after a difficult run last year because of Covid. It at least means that the team will have had time to work on this musical version of Sleeping Beauty which will at last receive a press night. That’s the NT’s significant Xmas offering but meanwhile in the Dorfman, April de Angelis’ satire set in Walthamstow also finally gets its premiere in a production by Indhu Rubasingham. It turns out to be no fairy tale for working class Kerry—played by Fay Ripley—who sets up a tapas restaurant in East London. What does it take to be a success, and what is gained and lost along the way?
El Barco is the newest tapas restaurant in fashionable Walthamstow Village, and it’s Kerry Jackson’s pride and joy. Wearing her working-class roots as a badge of honour, Kerry navigates the local characters in a bid to make the business a success – without losing herself in the process. Fay Ripley (Cold Feet) is Kerry in this biting new comedy from April De Angelis (My Brilliant Friend) and directed by Indhu Rubasingham (The Father and the Assassin, The Great Wave).