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On Tour: A Taste of Honey

by Shelagh Delaney

13 September to 16 November 2019
Running Time: 2 hours 15 minutes (including interval)

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 ground-breaking British classic is embarking on a UK tour.

Jodie Prenger (Oliver!, One Man, Two Guvnors) leads the cast as Helen in a 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 an on stage three-piece band.

Directed by Bijan Sheibani (Barber Shop Chronicles), this exciting new staging 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.

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.

Please note: This performance includes smoking using non-nicotine E-cigarettes and E-Cigars. Age guidance for this production is for 13yrs+

The tour visited:

The Lowry, Salford
13 – 21 September

Kings Theatre, Edinburgh
24 – 28 September

Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
1 – 5 October

Richmond Theatre
7 – 12 October

Grand Opera House, Belfast
15 – 19 October

Leicester Curve
22 – 26 October

Theatre Royal, Bath
28 October – 2 November

Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton
5 – 9 November

Norwich Theatre Royal
12 – 16 November

This production also played at Trafalgar Studios London
5 December - 29 February 2020

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 | What is A Taste of Honey about?

Jodie Prenger (Helen) and Gemma Dobson (Jo) tell us more about A Taste of Honey and introduce the characters that they play.

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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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A Taste of Honey rehearsal Gallery

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

Production team




David O’Brien


Double bass


Alex Davis




George Bird






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

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