A Theater in England Has Found a Tasty New Way to Bring Nigel Slater’s “Toast” to People at Home

updated Jul 6, 2020
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Chef Nigel Slater
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Hamilton is now available for streaming and the live performance industry is looking to see what happens next: how do people interact with theater from their homes, and how they can keep performers employed. Pandemic be damned, the show must — safely — go on.

Among the groups looking at how to work around the moratorium on live in-person performances is the Lawrence Batley Theatre in England, which has found a new way to bring food writer Nigel Slater’s Toast to everyone staying at home right now.  

The live show, which had a successful run on London’s West End, is based on Slater’s 2003 culinary memoir of his mother and the food she fed him in childhood, then the cooking of his father’s next wife, before moving on to adulthood and fame as food writer. The book became a movie in 2010, starring Helena Bonham Carter, and then a stage play. But now, in an effort to entertain audiences, keep the connection between theaters and viewers alive, and support the struggling world of live performance, Toast has been adapted to an entirely new format to bring directly to customers at home.

The event, which combines a radio broadcast and animated film, comes with various ticket levels, ranging from the basic performance — about $12.50 — to the deluxe version (in the UK only) that comes with a program and dessert delivered to your door for about $20. Plus, you can add extra money to support the theater. But all versions come with recipe cards so you can be ready to watch and listen and eat right along with the show.

The show runs nightly from this Friday through the end of the month, starting at 7:30 p.m., which ends up being the not altogether inconvenient time of 2:30 p.m. on the East Coast of the U.S. — and yes, there are weekend performances.

Buy Tickets: Nigel Slater’s Toast at the Lawrence Batley Theater