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TV celebrity chef and food writer Nigel Slater will be in Crewe as the curtain rises for the final time on the play based on his memoir.

Author of bestselling books and presenter of TV shows, Slater has been the food columnist for The Observer for 25 years.

His memoir “Toast – the Story of a Boy’s Hunger” won six major awards, has been translated into five languages and became a BBC film starring Helena Bonham Carter and Freddie Highmore.

Adapted by Henry Filloux-Bennett for the stage, Toast first premiered at The Lowry Theatre in Manchester in 2018 and has also featured in London’s West End.

It is now on its final leg of its UK tour in Crewe and closes at the Lyceum Theatre tomorrow night (December 7).

In a tweet posted from his official Twitter account, Nigel said: “…Off to see the final performances @CreweLyceum tomorrow. I predict a few tears…”

Nigel Slater tweet

“Toast” recreates suburban Wolverhampton in the 60s, where the story of Nigel’s childhood is told through the tastes and smells he grew up with.

In a multi-sensory production, the audience is immersed in sights, sounds and smells of cookery that defined the definitive moments of his youth.

Directed by Jonnie Riordan, this coming-of-age play has been well received in Crewe since its opening night on Tuesday.

Serious themes around expectations of gender and sexuality as well as family relationships and grief are all explored and the difficulties Nigel faced on the journey through his early childhood into his late teens.

There are tickets still available for all remaining shows, including tomorrow evening. Prices start from £16.50.

Contact the Box Office on 01270 368242 or online at

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