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The groundbreaking play by Shelagh Delaney returns to London's West End after 60 years!
A Taste of Honey at Trafalgar Studios “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), 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. Jodie Prenger (Oliver!, One Man, Two Guvnors) leads the cast as Helen in an exciting staging featuring original compositions - influenced by blues and soul music - by Benjamin Kwasi Burrell, and rearranged songs from the jazz era, performed live by an on stage three-piece band and sung by the cast. 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.
  • local_play Tickets from only £18
  • date_range Dec 5, 2019 → Feb 29, 2020
  • assistant Trafalgar Studios
    14 Whitehall,London, SW1A 2DY
  • subway Charing Cross Underground Station
  • access_time 2hr 15min (inc. interval)
  • supervised_user_circle Recommended for ages 13+
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Rated 4.3 out of 5 (61 Reviews)
  • Review Avatar Dec 6, 2019

    A really good opening night, string performances all round and a great set. One giggle when Jo approached the window and remarked ‘It’s gone dark', it hadn’t, daylight seemed to be filtering through the mist, never mind!

  • Review Avatar Dec 6, 2019

    Such a brilliant performance Jodie prenger just rocked she is amazing

  • Review Avatar Dec 12, 2019

    I loved it. I remember seeing this play many years ago and couldn't wait to see it again. Somehow the content has stayed relevant over the years and it was such a powerful piece of drama to watch. The cast were excellent. Jodie Prenger was just right and the young actress playing her daughter was so believable. I loved the use of music throughout which added another element to the play and the gritty set and use of stage crew was very effective. You felt like you were really seeing their lives first hand. I came away feeling very moved. Well done to all.

  • Review Avatar Dec 12, 2019

    Even better than I had hoped.

  • Review Avatar Dec 13, 2019

    Wonderful staging of this play. Loved the addition of music and song. Brilliant performances from all involved. Highly recommended.

  • Review Avatar Dec 13, 2019

    Excellent - as a big fan of the 1950's film I was doubtful whether this production would live up to it but I thought the acting was great and the musical numbers were a good addition. Also, as I only just made it to the theatre in time for the start, I really appreciated the helpful staff!

  • Review Avatar Dec 13, 2019

    This was a great production. As a theatre goer of over fifty years I know a good cast and show when I see one. Enjoyed it immensely

  • Review Avatar Dec 14, 2019

    The clothes, setting and atmosphere really created the feeling of the time. We loved it!

  • Review Avatar Dec 14, 2019

    Outstanding performances from the 3 lead characters who very well reflected the northern nostalgia of the classic film

  • Review Avatar Dec 14, 2019

    A really good production of this thought-provoking play - what I hadn't realised until I saw it is how close the writing is to Samuel Beckett in some ways. The use of the jazzband onstage was a great touch.

  • Review Avatar Dec 14, 2019

    Good production.

  • Review Avatar Dec 14, 2019

    Brilliant production

  • Review Avatar Dec 15, 2019

    A powerful, passionately performed, and thought-provoking performance that inspired me - left hanging at the end with so many questions, I would Love to know why the author left it hanging there! Sharing the play with My daughter opened discussion and exploration - truly a worthwhile evening even if at times harrowing in its raw, stark mirroring of ‘reality’. Stuart Thompson as Geoff is outstanding and brought magical authenticity to the entire performance. Thank you to caste and crew for a fabulous evening.

  • Review Avatar Dec 15, 2019

    Wonderfully atmospheric production of a very worthwhile kitchen sink drama. Great evocatation of the period. Strong performances, loved the use of music.

  • Review Avatar Dec 15, 2019

    I found it boring and not funny at all

  • Review Avatar Dec 15, 2019

    The production was great and reflected the era that it was written.

  • Review Avatar Dec 17, 2019

    The conflicts between mother and daughter could have been much crisper and more emotional. This is a very crucial relationship that has gone bad. There is neglect, lack of support, and abandonment. These effects created significant emotional trauma. These effects were simply dismissed with little exploration. The actions needed to be made much more vital and emphatic.

  • Review Avatar Dec 19, 2019

    Not sure that the drama and music worked together

  • Review Avatar Dec 20, 2019

    Excellent production of a gritty play. Definitely a play of its time, but resonates with the way things are going in this country today too. Really enjoyed it and would recommend seeing it.

  • Review Avatar Dec 21, 2019

    Great performance - especially Jo