The National Theatre’s tour of A Taste of Honey will be stopping off at Leicester’s Curve theatre this October.

Star of Oliver! and Calamity Jane Jodie Prenger, who last year hosted Curve’s 10th birthday concert Curve Live!, plays Helen, with further casting to be announced.

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.

Shelagh Delaney wrote her first play, A Taste of Honey in ten days after seeing Rattigan’s Variation of a Theme in Manchester. She sent the script to Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop and the play opened at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East in 1958 before transferring to the West End. It was later made into a feature film with Rita Tushingham, Dora Bryan and Murray Melvin and the Broadway transfer featured Joan Plowright and Angela Landsury. Delaney’s other work includes The Lion in Love. For television she wrote The House That Jack Built and was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

A Taste of Honey is produced on tour by the National Theatre and will be playing at Curve between October 22 – 26.

Tickets will go on sale to Curve Friends and Supporters on Feb 8, to Curve Members on Feb 11, to Groups on 12 Feb and on general sale on 14 Feb, all at 12noon. For more information and to book tickets, visit


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