While previous National Theatre hits like An Inspector Calls, One Man Two Guvnors, War Horse and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time have had repeated returns to the West End and other stages around the country, director Bijan Sheibani has accomplished something different and even more striking in revisiting his 2014 production five years on for a UK tour and now a deserved West End transfer. He has not only completely re-cast it, but also newly underpins it with a live onstage...
A Taste of Honey Information
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 a surrogate parent until, misguidedly, he sends for Helen and their unconventional setup unravels.
Bijan Sheibani directs Jodie Prenger 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.
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Cast and creative
By: Shelagh Delaney
Songs by: Benjamin Kwasi Burrell
Director: Bijan Sheibani
Cast list: Jodie Prenger, Durone Stokes, Stuart Thompson, Tom Varey, Liam Bessell, Katy Clayton and Claire Eden
Design: Hildegard Bechtler
Lighting: Paul Anderson
Choreography: Aline David
Sound: Ian Dickinson