A Taste of Honey is the first play by British dramatist Shelagh Delaney, written at the age of 18. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located Shelagh Delaney (born November 25, 1939) is a British Playwright, best known for her debut work A Taste Of Honey. Initially intended as a novel, she created the work into a play because she hoped to revitalize British theatre to confront and address social issues not being presented. The play was first produced by Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop, and it premiered at the Theatre Royal Stratford East, a small fringe theatre in London on May 27, 1958. Joan Maud Littlewood ( 6 October, 1914 - 20 September, 2002) was a British theatrical director famous for her work in developing the left-wing Theatre Workshop is a Theatre group noted for their director Joan Littlewood. The Theatre Royal Stratford East is a Theatre in Stratford in the London Borough of Newham. Events 927 - Simeon the Great, Tsar of Bulgaria, dies 1120 - Richard III of Capua is anointed Year 1958 ( MCMLVIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The production then transferred to the larger and more renowned Wyndham's Theatre in the West End on February 10, 1959. Wyndham's Theatre is a West End theatre, one of two opened by the actor/manager Charles Wyndham (cp Criterion Theatre) West End theatre is a popular term for mainstream professional theatre staged in the large theatres of London 's "Theatreland" Events 1355 - The St Scholastica's Day riot breaks out in Oxford, England, leaving 63 scholars and perhaps 30 locals dead The year 1959 ( MCMLIX) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar.
In 2006, it was revived and toured various theatres. Avis Bunnage ( 22 April 1923, Manchester England, UK – 4 October 1990, England) was a British actress of Nigel Davenport (born 23 May 1928) is an English stage television and film actor Clifton Jones (born 1942 Jamaica) is an actor mostly known for his roles on British Television. Murray Melvin (born 1932 London) is an English stage and film Actor. John Bury ( January 27, 1925 - November 12, 2000) was a prolific and gifted award winning British Set designer, Costume Angela Brigid Lansbury, CBE (born October 16, 1925) is an English Golden Globe Award and Tony Award winning Actress Joan Ann Olivier Baroness Olivier, DBE (born 28 October 1929) better known as Dame Joan Plowright, is an English actress Nigel Davenport (born 23 May 1928) is an English stage television and film actor Billy Dee Williams (born April 6, 1937) is an American Actor, Artist, and Writer, best known for his role as Lando Calrissian Andrew Ray ( 31 May 1939 &ndash 20 August 2003) was an English Actor who was best known as a child star With the following cast:
A Taste of Honey became known as a "kitchen sink" play (the first was Look Back in Anger by John Osborne) that then were revolutionising British theatre. Kitchen sink realism was an English cultural movement which developed in the late 1950s and early 1960s in Theatre, Art, Novels Film Look Back in Anger (1956 is a John Osborne play and 1958 movie about a love triangle involving an intelligent but disaffected young man (Jimmy Porter John James Osborne ( December 12, 1929 &ndash December 24, 1994) was an English Playwright, Screenwriter, The play confronts many social ills, including pre-marital sex, teenage pregnancy, abortion, and adoption from the woman's point-of-view. In its time, this open, frank discussion of these taboo subjects was the first avant-garde approach in 1950s Britain. The characters are so incarnated that, despite their outrageous tendencies, the working class British audience may easily relate to them. The play and its film adaptation were influential in changing the general, working class public's attitude towards art and society.
A Taste of Honey, occurs in Manchester, and tells the story of Jo, a seventeen-year-old working class girl whose mother, Helen, is a crude, sexually indiscriminate 'slapper'. Jo's mother abandons her after finding Peter, a rich and much younger lover. At the same time, Jo begins a romantic relationship with Jimmy, a black sailor she meets in school. Their budding love becomes a marriage proposal, which Helen strongly denounces, by ridiculing the idea of Jo marrying. Jimmy goes to sea, leaving Jo pregnant and alone to find lodging with Geoffrey, her gay acquaintance. Geoffrey assumes the role of father until Helen's return, when the future of Jo's new family is put into question. A Taste of Honey commented on race and gender matters in mid-twentieth century Britain, but also questioned the constraints of family, and re-evaluated the "nuclear family ideal" of that generation of working class Britons.
On October 4, 1960, the play made its debut opening in New York at Broadway's Lyceum Theatre with a Tony Richardson-directed cast headed by Joan Plowright (playing young Jo at 30) Angela Lansbury (portraying her mother at only four years older than Plowright) and Billy Dee Williams, who starred as Jimmy, Jo's lover who impregnates her. Events 610 - Heraclius arrives by ship from Africa at Constantinople, overthrows Byzantine Emperor Phocas Year 1960 ( MCMLX) was a Leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Broadway theater, commonly called simply Broadway, refers to theatrical performances presented in one of the 39 large professional theaters with 500 seats or more located Tony Richardson ( June 5, 1928 – November 14, 1991) was an English theatre and Academy Award -winning film Joan Ann Olivier Baroness Olivier, DBE (born 28 October 1929) better known as Dame Joan Plowright, is an English actress Angela Brigid Lansbury, CBE (born October 16, 1925) is an English Golden Globe Award and Tony Award winning Actress Billy Dee Williams (born April 6, 1937) is an American Actor, Artist, and Writer, best known for his role as Lando Calrissian
The play was adapted into a film of the same name in 1961. A Taste of Honey is a 1961 British film adaptation of the play of the same name by Shelagh Delaney. The play earned several awards, including the Charles Henry Foyle New Play award in 1958 and the New York Drama Critics' Circle in 1961. The New York Drama Critics' Circle is made up of twenty-two Drama Critics from daily Newspapers, Magazines and Wire services The film version won the BAFTA Award for Best Film in 1961 and a Best Actress award for Dora Bryan. This page lists the winners and nominees for the BAFTA Award for Best Film, BAFTA Award for Best Film not in the English Language and Alexander Korda Award for Best British The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role has been presented to its winners since 1952 Dora Mary Broadbent OBE (born 7 February 1924 in Southport) usually known by her stage name Dora Bryan, is an English The film also won two additional awards at the Cannes Film Festival in 1962 for best actor (Murray Melvin) and best actress (Rita Tushingham). The Cannes Film Festival (le Festival de Cannes founded in 1946 is one of the world's oldest most influential and prestigious Film festivals alongside Venice, Murray Melvin (born 1932 London) is an English stage and film Actor. Rita Tushingham (b 14 March 1942; erroneously reported by some sources as 1940 Liverpool, England) is a noted British actress
The play was admired by Morrissey of the band The Smiths, who used Delaney's photo on the album cover artwork for Louder Than Bombs. Steven Patrick Morrissey (ˈmɒɹɪsiː born May 22, 1959) known primarily as Morrissey, is a British Singer and Lyricist The Smiths were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1982 Louder Than Bombs is a Compilation album by The Smiths. It was released as a double album in March 1987 by their American Record company Another photo of Shelagh Delaney appears on the cover for their song, "Girlfriend in a Coma". " Girlfriend in a Coma " is a song by The Smiths. It was released as a single in August 1987, reaching #13 in the UK Singles Chart. An earlier Smiths song, "This Night Has Opened My Eyes", is based on Delaney's story and includes Geoffrey's line to Jo near the end of the play, "the dream has gone but the baby is real. " Other quotations and near-quotations appear in several other Smiths and Morrissey songs. 
Recently, A Taste of Honey has been revived, produced, and received good reviews citing that “unlike Look Back in Anger, whose metaphors and structure may now look dated, A Taste of Honey, with essentially no plot and no topical references, has survived the changes in theatre and society in the last twenty years. 
“A remarkable play”…by an…”original exuberant writer with a wonderful ear for a theatrical line…” -Mollie Panter-Downes, The New Yorker magazine
“Miss Delaney brings real people on to her stage…she is busy recording the wonder of life as she lives it. The New Yorker is an American Magazine that publishes reportage commentary criticism essays fiction satire cartoons and poetry ” - Kenneth Tynan, The Observer
“A remarkable page of theatre history has been written…” - Daily Telegraph