Walk into Stratford theatre’s very own Chicken Palace

PUBLISHED: 08:00 15 August 2015

Chicken Palace to be performed in Stratford East Theatre Royal

Chicken Palace to be performed in Stratford East Theatre Royal


We’ve all been guilty of making a flying visit to our local takeaway to buy a cheeky box of chicken and chips from time to time.

The ever-growing number chicken shops, which can be found on almost every high-street corner in east London, have long become a place where people tend to meet, eat, and at times, come face to face with petty confrontations and loud-mouthed groups of teenagers.

So it is only right that all the dramatic stories behind what really goes on at these popular takeaway shops on a daily basis is brought to life in a new play.

This week, Theatre Royal Stratford East will add to the list of the large number of takeaway shops by dishing out actual boxes of chicken and chips during a comical and interactive play, written by emerging playwright, Lynette Linton and Marcus Ellard.

Audiences will be walking into the theatre’s very own Chicken Palace and will watch the show take place around them.

Actress Juliet Okotie, said: “I am very excited about the play.

“I’ve never done anything like this before but it is so relevant to east London.

“Things always happen inside or outside a chicken and chip shop it is literally where everyone goes, especially in east London, which is why its great that the play is taking place in Stratford.”

The story revolves around a group of people who get stuck inside a recently opened chicken and chip shop following an incident that takes place outside of the takeaway.

“The audience will be involved in the play to an extent, there are parts where actors will be speaking directly to them,” Juliet explained.

Last year, the play underwent a two-week Arts Council funded research and development process and small industry sharing at Theatre Royal Stratford East.

Lynette Linton, writer and co-director said: “I’m thrilled to be able to bring this play to fruition this summer.

We’ve had incredible support throughout this unforgettable journey.”

Marcus Ellard, co-director, added: “I’m so excited to be part of this project. I first got involved having been invited to watch a workshop of the piece in 2013. I was hooked from the outset.

“It’s also a real testament to the work, commitment and joy that has been invested by this company of young actors, under Lynette’s guidance.

“The end result is that they’ve created a world of well-rounded, believable and exciting characters”.

Chicken Palace is being performed between August 19 and 22 and is suitable for guests aged 14 and over. Visit for more information.

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