The National Theatre

A Taste of Honey

by Shelagh Delaney

at Trafalgar Studios

A co-production with Trafalgar Theatre Productions
5 Dec 2019 – 29 Feb 2020
Mon – Sat eves – 7.30pm
Thu & Sat Mats – 2.30pm
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Performance schedule may vary over Christmas and New Year

A Taste of Honey at Trafalgar Studios


The National Theatre presents a new production of the era-defining play that changed British theatre.

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. Shelagh Delaney’s taboo-breaking play, written when she was just 19, was later adapted into a BAFTA award-winning film.

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.

Jodie Prenger (Oliver!, One Man, Two Guvnors) leads the cast as Helen in this 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 band.

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Creative Team

Bijan Sheibani


Hildegard Bechtler

Set and Costume Designer

Paul Anderson

Lighting Designer

Aline David

Movement Director

Ian Dickinson for Autograph

Sound Designer

Benjamin Kwasi Burrell


David O’Brien

Music Director

Joel Trill

Voice and Dialect


David O’Brien


Alex Davis

Double bass

George Bird


General Information

Performances take place at:
Trafalgar Studios
14 Whitehall


Tickets are also available from Trafalgar Studios
Group rates are available. Please email:
[email protected]
Please note: Age guidance for this production is for 13yrs+. This production features smoking of non-nicotine e-cigarettes and e-cigars


Access performances


Captioned performance

Tuesday 14 January at 7.30 pm

Audio Described performance

Saturday 08 February at 2:30 pm, preceded by Touch tour at 1pm

Booking for Access tickets and performances:

By phone on the Trafalgar Studios Access Booking Line: 0800 912 6971
Open 9am -10pm Monday – Saturday, and 10am – 8pm on Sundays. This may vary on Bank Holidays.
By Typetalk: 18001 0871 297 5477
By Email: [email protected]
Or in person at the Trafalgar Studios Box Office (open Monday to Saturday 10am to 6:30pm for bookings)

The ticket price includes a £1.75 Trafalgar Studios restoration levy.



A Taste of Honey Teacher CPD Workshop Mon 3 February, 5-8pm (£5 per person)


Page to Stage – on-stage schools workshop:

Thu 30 January, 11am-12:30pm (£3 per person)

To book, please contact ATG Groups: g[email protected] or 020 7206 1174
A Taste of Honey Learning Resource Pack can be downloaded here