A play about growing up. With food.
Based on Nigel Slater’s award-winning autobiography.

Vividly recreating suburban England in the 1960s, Nigel Slater’s childhood is told through the tastes and smells he grew up with. From making the perfect sherry trifle and waging war over cakes through to the playground politics of sweets and the rigid rules of restaurant dining, this is a moving and evocative tale of love, loss and... toast.


Creative Team:

Director - Jonnie Riordan 

Designer - Libby Watson 

Sound Designer - Alexandra Braithwait

Lighting Designer - Zoe Spurr 

Food Director - James Thompson

Cast (London):

Nigel - Giles Cooper 

Dad - Stephen Ventura 

Mum - Lizzie Muncey

Joan - Marie Lawrence 

Stuart/Josh - Jake Ferretti

Understudy Nigel/Josh - Stefan Edwards

Understudy Mum/Joan - Samantha Hopkins 

Cast (Traverse Theatre):

Nigel - Sam Newton 

Dad - Mark Fleischman 

Mum - Lizzie Muncey

Joan - Marie Lawrence 

Stuart/Josh - Jake Ferretti

Cast (The Lowry):

Nigel - Sam Newton 

Dad - Stephen Ventura

Mum - Lizzie Muncey

Joan - Marie Lawrence 

Stuart/Josh - Andy Brady


Nigel Slater’s Toast is delicious... It is funny, Brummie, wryly staged and will have you snuffling worse than chopped English onions. ★★★★★

The Times

"Jonnie Riordan’s direction and choreography buzzes with energy and is quite simply unforgettable."★★★★★

The Upcoming


"It would only be those of the sourest disposition who could not love this bitter-sweet show which, in the hands of director and choreographer Jonnie Riordan, becomes a delicate and sometimes surreal coming-of-age romp which is whisked together using the songs, tastes and smells that deliver us straight back to childhood." ★★★★

The Independent

"Jonnie Riordan’s engaging production suggests both the sharpness and the fallibility of memory" ★★★★

The Guardian

"Nigel Slater’s coming-of-age story is told with warmth, wit and walnut whips". ★★★★

The Stage

Bold, unique, entertaining theatrical experience. ★★★★

The Reviews Hub


"On both page and stage, Toast is a vivid episodic memoir, extremely funny, elegiac, brutal and heart-breaking in turn". 

Times Literary Supplement