A Taste of Honey

Theatre

West End

National Theatre, Lyttelton

Until Sun May 11

  • © Marc Brenner

    Lesley Sharp (Helen)

  • © Marc Brenner

    Kate O’Flynn (Jo) and Lesley Sharp (Helen)

  • © Marc Brenner

    Kate O’Flynn (Jo) and Lesley Sharp (Helen)

  • © Marc Brenner

    Kate O’Flynn (Jo) and Harry Hepple (Geoffrey)

  • © Marc Brenner

    Kate O’Flynn (Jo) and Eric Kofi Abrefa (Jimmie)

  • © Marc Brenner

    Lesley Sharp (Helen)

© Marc Brenner

Lesley Sharp (Helen)

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K.B.

It all felt a bit too exaggerated and caricatured on the part of all of the actors except for Harry Hepple and his portrayal of Geoff. Hepple played with a subtlety and "less is more" feel that worked extremely well. The scenery was enough to evoke the feel of poverty but the dancing around at scene changes could have been omitted as it gave a contradictory jollity where none was needed. The costumes were great as was the jazz music. Would be interesting to see a performance with the understudies' interpretation of the roles. Worth seeing as it is an iconic play that is rarely performed in London.

JJ

Kate O'Flynn as Jo and Lesley Sharp as Helen are both fantastic! They match each other in strength and bring a huge energy to the stage. Their exchanges are exciting and heartbreaking. We really enjoyed this play, the pace is right, the costumes are beautiful and the music quickly creates their world. Would highly recommend! Feels like you are watching two actors at the top of their game. Jo: I hope to be dead and buried by the time I reach your age. Just think you've been living for forty years. Helen: I know, I must be a biological phenomenon. Jo: You don't look forty. You look a sort of well-preserved sixty.

Jane Cotton

Heartachingly brilliant. The performances stay in your mind long after the curtain falls. A memorable piece of theatre.