A Taste Of Honey

A Taste Of Honey

3.9 (9) · Contemporary Drama

“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.”


A Taste of Honey, Shelagh Delaney’s ground-breaking British classic returns to the West End for the first time in 60 years.

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 setup unravels.

Bijan Sheibani (Barber Shop Chronicles) directs Jodie Prenger (Oliver!, One Man, Two Guvnors, Abigail’s Party UK tour) 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.

Critic reviews

A Taste of Honey embarks on a well-deserved West End transfer at Trafalgar Studios

London Box Office

The evening belongs to relative newcomer Gemma Dobson as Jo. Hers is a heartfelt but un-showy, un-vain performance as a rootless, unloved girl seeking something to give her life meaning

Evening Standard

Delaney’s masterpiece may be more of a simmer than a boil, but it has undoubtedly stood the test of time and remains a classic for a reason

The Upcoming

It's a pleasure to have this historic drama back in the West End

London Theatre

Sharp-tongued and unforgiving, Prenger is perfect as Helen

Broadway World

A Taste of Honey is an enjoyable play with strong performances

West End Wilma

Jodie Prenger is terrific as the boozy, chain-smoking ‘good-time girl’ Helen


A revival of the 1950s groundbreaking kitchen-sink drama resonates today – helped by bursts of song

The Observer

At times the dialogue almost seems to sing itself

Lyn Gardner for Stagedoor

Jodie Prenger sings her heart out in an atmospheric revival of Shelagh Delaney’s classic

The Guardian

At times the dialogue almost seems to sing itself

Lyn Gardner for Stagedoor

Overall, it’s an objectively good show

A Younger Theatre

Date & time

Show ended
Thu 5 Dec - Sat 29 Feb, 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Runtime: 2 hrs 25 mins


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