The National Theatre has announced that Bijan Sheibani’s acclaimed production of Shelagh Delaney’s taboo-breaking 1950s drama, A Taste of Honey, first produced in the Lyttelton Theatre in 2014, will now embark on a nine-venue UK tour from September to November 2019.
Jodie Prenger will play Helen, with further casting still to be announced.
A Taste of Honey will open at The Lowry, Salford Quays (where the play is set) from 13 to 21 September, before visiting the Kings Theatre, Edinburgh (24 to 28 September); the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury (1 to 5 October); Richmond Theatre (7 to 12 October); Grand Opera House, Belfast (15 to 19 October); Leicester Curve (22 to 26 October); Theatre Royal Bath (28 October to 2 November); Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton (5 to 9 November); and the Norwich Theatre Royal (12 to 16 November).
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 for the seas 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.
A Taste of Honey is designed by Hildegard Bechtler and reconceived in an exciting new production, featuring a live on stage band, for the tour.
The sound designer will be Ian Dickinson for Autograph, the composer will be Paul Englishby, the movement director will be Aline David.
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