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A Taste of Honey at Trafalgar Studios

A co-production with Trafalgar Theatre Productions

by Shelagh Delaney

5 December 2019 to 29 February 2020
Running Time: 2 hours 15 minutes (including interval)

A Taste of Honey at Trafalgar Studios

★★★★ Daily Telegraph

★★★★ Mail on Sunday

★★★★ The Stage

The National Theatre presents a new production of the era-defining play that changed British theatre.

Directed by Bijan Sheibani (Barber Shop Chronicles) and designed by Hildegard Bechtler (Antony and Cleopatra), A Taste of Honey is a gritty depiction of working class life in post-war Britain and an exhilarating portrayal of the vulnerabilities and strengths of the female spirit in a deprived and restless world. Shelagh Delaney’s taboo-breaking play, written when she was just 19, was later adapted into a BAFTA award-winning film.

When her mother Helen runs off with a car salesman, feisty teenager Jo takes up with Jimmie, a sailor who promises to marry her, before he heads for the seas. Art student Geof moves in and assumes the role of surrogate parent until, misguidedly, he sends for Helen and their unconventional setup unravels.

Jodie Prenger (Oliver!, One Man, Two Guvnors) leads the cast as Helen in this bold new production that features original music compositions - influenced by blues and soul - and rearranged songs from the jazz era performed live by the cast and accompanied by an on-stage band.

Performances took place at:
Trafalgar Studios
14 Whitehall


Please note: Age guidance for this production is for 13yrs+. This production features smoking of non-nicotine e-cigarettes and e-cigars

Access performances

Captioned performance:

Tuesday 14 January at 7.30 pm

Audio Described performance

Saturday 08 February at 2:30 pm, preceded by Touch tour at 1pm




Page to Stage

On-stage schools workshop Thu 30 January, 11am-12:30pm (£3 per person)

Download a Learning Resourse Pack for A Taste of Honey here


A Taste of Honey toured the UK from September to November 2019, visit the tour page for details



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4 star rating

A Taste of Honey remains worth savouring

Daily Telegraph
4 star rating

Fresh and frank with stand out performances. Jodie Prenger is extraordinary.

The Stage
4 star rating

Sparkling and heartfelt

The Scotsman
4 star rating

Funny and moving

Edinburgh Evening News

A Taste of Honey | West End Trailer

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A Taste of Honey | Shelagh Delaney's Letter to Joan Littlewood

In 1958, 19 year old Shelagh Delaney sent the original manuscript of A Taste of Honey to Joan Littlewood. With it, she included this letter, read by our cast during rehearsals.

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Liam Bessell
Understudy Peter and Geof
Liam Bessell
Katy Clayton
Understudy Jo
Katy Clayton
Claire Eden
Understudy Helen
Claire Eden
Understudy Jimmie
Nathan Queeley-Dennis
Durone Stokes
Durone Stokes
Tom Varey
Tom Varey

Production team




David O’Brien


Double bass


Alex Davis




George Bird






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