Main House The National Theatre production

A Taste of Honey

by Shelagh Delaney
  • 28 October - 2 November
A Taste of Honey

Event Information

Monday – Saturday 7.30pm
Matinees Wednesday & Saturday 2.30pm

Running time: tbc

Showing from Mon 28 Oct — Sat 2 Nov

★★★★ “A tough, tenacious play with an emotional bite that proves it is more than raucous comedy” Guardian

“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.” Jo, Act 2, A Taste of Honey 

A Taste of Honey, Shelagh Delaney’s career defining play, is coming to Bath this autumn. This British classic is an exhilarating depiction of working-class life in post-war Salford.

Bijan Sheibani (Barber Shop Chronicles) directs Jodie Prenger (Oliver!, One Man, Two Guvnors, Abigail’s Party) 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. A Taste of Honey features a live on stage band.

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 set-up unravels.

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.

“Shelagh Delaney’s gutsy, funny, moving 1958 play… Unmissable” Mail on Sunday

“This is social realism with a spring in its step and a still sharp eye for the strange hues of love, life and getting by” The Times

“A celebration of human spirit” Time Out

A Learning Programme is available for this production. Please contact James Moore, Head of Creative Learning, for further details of how to engage your school with this production.

Monday – Saturday 7.30pm
Matinees Wednesday & Saturday 2.30pm

Tickets from £24.50 – £39

A booking fee of £1.75 per ticket applies

National Theatre production

by Shelagh Delaney

Directed by Bijan Sheibani

Cast includes Jodie Prenger, Gemma Dobson, Durone Stokes, Stuart Thompson and Tom Varey

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Doors open 30 minutes prior to the performance, unless otherwise stated.

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