An atmospheric revival of a classic play. Jodie Prenger sings her heart out in this jazz-fused production
A milestone drama, powerfully realised – more nimble and resonant than ever
The National Theatre’s classy revival captures the heart of Shelagh Delaney’s cherished play.
A Taste of Honey remains worth savouring
Fresh and frank with stand out performances. Jodie Prenger is extraordinary
Sparkling and heartfelt
Funny and moving
Edinburgh Evening News
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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Durone Stokes as Jimmie
Durone Stokes’ theatre credits include Dream Girls in the West End and Grand Hotel at Southwark Playhouse.
Gemma Dobson as Jo
Gemma Dobson’s work in theatre includes Rita, Sue and Bob Toofor Out of Joint at the Royal Court and on tour, and Plentyat Chichester Festival Theatre.
Television includes In The Club, Brief Encountersand Care.
Jodie Prenger as Helen
West End: One Man, Two Guvnors, Oliver!, Les Misèrables
Other theatre includes: Abigail’s Party UK tour, Spamalot, touring with John Barrowman on his UK concert tour, the BBC Radio Abba Concert in Hyde Park, and at Bryn Terfel’s Faenol Festival.
She was a regular presenter of The Midweek National Lottery and Over the Rainbow, with other appearances including Hustle, Candy Cabs, Waterloo Road, Let’s Do Lunch With Gino And Mel, Tonight’s The Night, Born To Shine, Sing If You Can, The One Show, Saturday Kitchen, It Takes Two, The Hairy Bikers, This Morning, The Alan Titchmarsh Show, The Michael Ball Show, The David Dickinson Show, BBC’s School Choir of the Year 2010, GMTV, Daily Cook’s Challenge, Loose Women, Children In Need, Guesstimation, As Seen On TV, All Star Family Fortunes, New Year’s Eve Live 2008 and I’d Do Anything
includes guest presenter on The Paul O’Grady Show and The Elaine Paige Show; guest co-host of Going Out with Alan Carr and Chris Evans’ Breakfast Show; and soloist on Friday Night is Music: Thank You for the Music, James Bond Special and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 60th Birthday Party.
include ‘So Close’ with John Barrowman on his latest album, a duet with the Barbershop Boys ‘I’ve Got Your Love to Keep Me Warm’ and ‘In The Mood’ for The Very Best of Glenn Miller.
Her autobiography It’s a Fine Life: My Story was published in 2009.
Stuart Thompson as Geof
A Taste of Honey will be his professional stage debut.
Stuart Thompson trained at LAMDA.
Tom Varey as Peter
Theatre credits include Deathwatch at the Print Room, One Arm at Southwark Playhouse and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Liverpool Everyman.
Television includes No Offence, Ackley Bridge, Game of Thrones, Dark Angel and The Village.
Film includes Pond Life.
Claire Eden as Understudy Helen
Claire Eden’s theatre credits include The Band on tour and West End, Waiting for Gaga for Slung Low, Muddy Cows at Stephen Joseph Theatre, Mexican Proverbs at Bradford Playhouse, Teechers (also on UK tour), Shakers and Say It With Flowers at Hull Truck Theatre.
Television includes Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks, Candy Cabs, All In The Family, and DCI Banks.
Katy Clayton as Understudy Jo
Katy Clayton’s theatre credits include The Band on tour and West End.
Television includes Little Crackers, Shameless, Holby City, Waterloo Road, The Good Samaritan, Where the Heart Is, The Street and Coronation Street. Film includes Me, Myself & Di, Chicken Tikka Masalaand Re-Inventing Eddie.
Liam Bessell as Understudy Peter and Geof
Liam Bessell’s theatre credits include The Life and Opinions of Mary Read for Queynte Ladies, and Skellig for Playbox Theatre Company.
Nathan Queeley-Dennis as Understudy Jimmie
Rebel Music, Little Baby Jesus, The Wizard of Oz, Rob & The Hoodies, Borderlands, The Meat Up
Nathan trained at East 15 Acting School.
Set and Costume Designer
Ian Dickinson for Autograph
Benjamin Kwasi Burrell
Voice and Dialect
Performances take place at:
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)