By Shelagh Delaney
Directed by Bijan Sheibani
Starring Jodie Prenger & Gemma Dobson
‘A Taste of Honey remains worth savouring’
‘Fresh and frank with stand out performances. Jodie Prenger is extraordinary’
‘A tough tenacious play with an emotional bite’
“It’s chaotic – a bit of love, a bit of lust and there you are. We don’t ask for life, we have it thrust upon us.”
A Taste of Honey, Shelagh Delaney’s ground-breaking British classic returns to the West End for the first time in 60 years.
When her mother Helen runs off with a car salesman, feisty teenager Jo takes up with Jimmy, a sailor who promises to marry her, before he heads for the seas. Art student Geoff moves in and assumes the role of surrogate parent until, misguidedly, he sends for Helen and their unconventional setup unravels.
Bijan Sheibani (Barber Shop Chronicles), directs Jodie Prenger (Oliver!, One Man, Two Guvnors, Abigail’s Party UK tour) as Helen in this new production from The National Theatre, producers of War Horse and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
Written by Shelagh Delaney when she was nineteen, A Taste of Honey is one of the great taboo-breaking plays of the 1950s, offering an explosive celebration of the vulnerabilities and strengths of the female spirit in a deprived and restless world.