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On Tour: A Taste of Honey

by Shelagh Delaney

From September 2019
Running Time: tbc

UK Tour

On Tour: A Taste of Honey

"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 career defining play, is embarking on a UK tour. This British classic is an exhilarating depiction of working-class life in post-war Salford.

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 GuvnorsAbigail’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.

Please note: Age guidance for this production is for 13yrs+

The tour will visit:
The Lowry, Salford
13 – 21 September
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Kings Theatre, Edinburgh
24 – 28 September
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Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
1 – 5 October
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Richmond Theatre
7 – 12 October
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Grand Opera House, Belfast
15 – 19 October
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Leicester Curve
22 – 26 October
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Theatre Royal, Bath
28 October – 2 November
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Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton
5 – 9 November
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Norwich Theatre Royal
12 – 16 November
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4 star rating

A tough, tenacious play with an emotional bite that proves it is more than raucous comedy.

4 star rating

A touchstone portrayal of working class life

Time Out

A Taste of Honey | Behind the scenes

Take a look behind the scenes of A Taste of Honey’s photoshoot with Jodie Prenger

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Production team

Photo of Jodie Prenger, Gemma Dobson & Alvin Ikenwe by Seamus Ryan

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