The ground-breaking British classic returns to the West End
‘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.‘
Shelagh Delaney’s ground-breaking British classic A Taste of Honey returns to the West End for the first time in 60 years.
Directed by Bijan Sheibani (Barber Shop Chronicles) and designed by Hildegard Bechtler (Antony and Cleopatra), 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.
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 accompanied by an on stage three-piece band.
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.
It is good to see A Taste of Honey again. It reveals itself as a period piece with attitudes redolent of the 1950s and with dialogue to match. At the time it was considered ahead of its time, and ‘gritty’ but the dialogue often seems tame and too intellectual (the characters quote Shakespeare) in 2019. As the programme notes state: “Delaney wasn’t angry – she was restless… oddly full of optimism”. Read the Review of A Taste of Honey
Limited season begins 5 December
Running time: Approx. 2hrs 15mins (incl. interval)
A Taste of Honey at Trafalgar Studios
A Taste of Honey at Trafalgar Studios from Thursday 5th December to Thursday 5th December 2019.