“The Kitchen” will be broadcast live in HD from the National Theatre in London Thursday, Oct. 6 at 2 p.m.; and rebroadcast that same day at 7 p.m. at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St. A second encore screening will take place Sunday, Oct. 23 at 3 p.m.

Arnold Wesker’s extraordinary play premiered at the Royal Court in 1959 and since has been performed in more than 30 countries. “The Kitchen” puts the workplace center stage in a blackly funny and furious examination of life lived at breakneck speed, when work threatens to define who we are.

Thrown together by their work, chefs, waitresses and porters from across Europe — English, Irish, German, Jewish — argue and flirt as they race to keep up. Peter, a high-spirited young cook, seems to thrive on the pressure. In between preparing dishes, he manages to strike up an affair with married waitress Monique, the whole time dreaming of a better life. But in the all-consuming clamor of the kitchen, nothing is far from the brink of collapse.

Set in a restaurant in 1950s London, this production directed by Bijan Sheibani, uses real food and actors are actually cooking and preparing food on stage. With an ensemble cast of 30 actors, it is a tour-de-force spectacle. Tickets are $23, $15 for students, and seating is general admission.

Other NTLive titles this season include “Collaborators” and “The Comedy of Errors.” Additional titles for 2012 will be announced soon. For each of these productions, the Strand will have three shows, adding an additional Sunday matinee this season.

For tickets and more information, call 594-0070 or visit rocklandstrand.com.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.