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A Taste of Honey - National Theatre (Lyttelton)

Lesley Sharp

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FULL casting has been announced for Shelagh Delaney’s A Taste of Honey, which opens in the Lyttelton Theatre on February 18, 2014, following preview performances from February 10.

As well as the previously announced Lesley Sharp and Kate O’Flynn, the line up includes Eric Kofi Abrefa, Kate Adler, Greg Baxter, Harry Hepple, Dean Lennox Kelly, Miles Mitchell, Mark Rose and Sarah Thom.

Previously Posted: Written by Shelagh Delaney when she was nineteen, A Taste of Honey opens in the Lyttelton Theatre on February 18, 2014, following preview performances from February 10.

Bijan Sheibani will direct a cast that includes Lesley Sharp as Helen and Kate O’Flynn as Jo.

A Taste of Honey is one of the great defining and taboo-breaking plays of the 1950s, offering 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 a black sailor who promises to marry her, before he heads off 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.

Bursting with energy and daring, 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.

Lesley Sharp was last seen at the National Theatre in the title role of Simon Stephens’ Harper Regan, while her recent theatre work includes The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (West End).

Her extensive television work includes DC Janet Scott in Scott and Bailey, Starlings, The Shadow Line, Moving On, Red Riding, The Diary of Anne Frank, Doctor Who and Afterlife (RTS Award – Best Actress). She has also appeared in films such as Vera Drake, The Full Monty and Rita, Sue and Bob Too.

Kate O’Flynn was recently seen at the National Theatre in Simon Stephens’ Port, at the Royal Court in The Ritual Slaughter of Georg Mastromas, and in Lungs and The Sound of Heavy Rain for Paines Plough/Sheffield Theatres.

Bijan Sheibani is an Associate Director at the National Theatre, where his credits include Emil and the Detectives, The Kitchen, Our Class and the US touring production of War Horse.

A Taste of Honey will be designed by Hildegard Bechtler, with movement direction by Aline David, lighting design by Paul Anderson and sound design by Ian Dickinson.