A Taste Of Honey at the National Theatre starring Lesley Sharp

National Theatre - Lyttleton Theatre, Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PX

Shelagh Delaney’s modern classic is revived at the National Theatre starring Lesley Sharp and Kate O’Flynn.

The National Theatre presents Shelagh Delaney’s controversial, taboo-breaking play A Taste of Honey, which shook the 1950’s and heralded a new generation of British playwrights.

A Taste of Honey, playing in the National’s Lyttelton Theatre until 11 May 2014, is an explosive celebration of the vulnerabilities and strengths of the female spirit in a deprived and restless world.

Directed by Bijan Sheibani and designed by Hildegard Bechtler, this exhilarating and angry depiction of harsh, working-class life in post-war Salford is shot through with love and humour, and infused with jazz.

THE STORY

When her mother Helen (Lesley Sharp) runs off with a car salesman, feisty teenager Jo (Kate O’Flynn) takes up with a black sailor. He promises to marry her, but instead heads off for the open 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  quickly unravels.

THE CAST

An extraordinary cast includes Kate O’Flynn as Jo, Lesley Sharp as her mother Helen, plus Eric Kofi Abrefa, Kate Adler, Greg Baxter, Harry Hepple, Dean Lennox Kelly, Miles Mitchell, Mark Rose and Sarah Thom.

REVIEWS

★★★★ “A touchstone portrayal of working class life.’ Time Out
★★★★ “Lesley Sharp is superb in this revival of Shelagh Delaney’s pioneering play.” Evening Standard
★★★★ “Bijan Sheibani’s zestful production is motored by an outstanding mother-and-daughter double act.” Times
★★★★ “The performances in this revival of Shelagh Delaney’s perceptive 1958 play are tremendous.” Financial Times
★★★★ “A tough, tenacious play with an emotional bite that proves it is more than raucous comedy.” Guardian