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A Taste of Honey at Trafalgar Studios

A co-production with Trafalgar Theatre Productions

by Shelagh Delaney

5 Dec 2019 – 29 Feb 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 take place at:
Trafalgar Studios
14 Whitehall
London
SW1A 2DY

Tickets are also available from Trafalgar Studios

Group rates are available. Please email NTPgroups@nationaltheatre.org.uk

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

Booking for Access tickets and performances:

By phone on the Trafalgar Studios Access Booking Line: 0800 912 6971
Open 9am -10pm Monday - Saturday, and 10am - 8pm on Sundays. This may vary on Bank Holidays.
By Typetalk: 18001 0871 297 5477
By Email: trafalgarbox@trafalgarentertainment.com
Or in person at the Trafalgar Studios Box Office (open Monday to Saturday 10am to 6:30pm for bookings)

The ticket price includes a £1.75 Trafalgar Studios restoration levy.

Learning
A Taste of Honey Teacher CPD Workshop Mon 3 Feb, 5-8pm

A Taste of Honey is also on a UK tour, 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

More info

A Taste of Honey rehearsal Gallery

Cast

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

Production team

Musicians

Keyboards

 

David O’Brien

 

Double bass

 

Alex Davis

 

Drums

 

George Bird

 

 

 

 

 

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