National Theatre to tour Shelagh Delaney’s A Taste of Honey

The National Theatre today announced a UK tour of Shelagh Delaney’s remarkable taboo-breaking 1950s play, A Taste of Honey,

Bijan Sheibani’s new production will star Jodie Prenger as Helen and will feature a live on-stage band.

Written by Shelagh Delaney when she was nineteen, A Taste of Honey offers an explosive celebration 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 Jimmy, a sailor who promises to marry her, before he heads back to sea leaving her pregnant and alone.

Art student Geoff moves in and assumes the role of surrogate parent until, misguidedly, he sends for Helen and their unconventional setup unravels.

An exhilarating depiction of working-class life in post-war Salford, A Taste of Honey will open there, at The Lowry, in September.

Shelagh Delaney wrote her first play, A Taste of Honey in ten days after seeing Rattigan’s Variation of a Theme in Manchester.

She sent the script to Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop and the play opened at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East in 1958 before transferring to the West End.

It was later made into a feature film with Rita Tushingham, Dora Bryan and Murray Melvin and the Broadway transfer featured Joan Plowright and Angela Landsury.

Jodie Prenger’s theatre credits include One Man, Two Guvnors; Nancy in Oliver! (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane); Lady of the Lake in Spamalot (Playhouse Theatre and UK Tour); Calamity Jane in Calamity Jane (UK Tour); Tell Me on a Sunday (UK Tour); Miss Hannigan in Annie (New Theatre, Oxford); Shirley in Shirley Valentine (UK Tour); Kelly in Fat Friends The Musical (UK Tour) and Beverly in Abigail’s Party (UK tour).

2019 Tour Dates

September 13-21, The Lowry, Salford
September 24-28, Kings Theatre, Edinburgh
October 1-5, Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
October 7-12, Richmond Theatre
October 15-19, Grand Opera House, Belfast
October 22-26, Leicester Curve
October 28-November 2, Theatre Royal, Bath
November 5-9, Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton
November 12-16, Norwich Theatre Royal.

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