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An Oldham Coliseum Theatre production
A Taste of Honey

Set in Salford and recognised as the pre-cursor to Coronation Street, A Taste of Honey was one of the most controversial plays of all time.

This is the tale of Jo, a teenager whose life is dominated by her alcoholic mother in a Salford bedsit. Abandoned by many, Jo falls pregnant to a sailor and befriends a gay art student, with whom she makes a temporary home. Bruised by rejection, the pair find comfort in each other.

Written when Delaney was only 18, this was one of the finest examples of the “kitchen sink drama” born in the 1950s. In the wake of the Second World War, a new breed of writers decided that enough was enough and it was time to give working class characters a heart and soul, instead of portraying them as the two dimensional comic characters beloved of so many British playwrights.

A Taste of Honey took the West End by storm and was later made into a ground-breaking film which starred Rita Tushingham and Dora Bryan.

Running time: 2hr 27mins (inc interval)

Did you know?

That A Taste of Honey was one of Morrissey’s lyrical inspirations both when he was with The Smiths and as a solo artist. Many of the lines from the play can be found in his lyrics.

Save Money with a Coliseum Season Ticket
This production is part of the Coliseum's season ticket offer - Four plays for just £68 or less. Contact the Box Office for more information on 0161 624 2829.

Full price: £16 - £23
Concessions: £16 – £21
Get In! Under 26/NUS: £7 (limited tickets available)

Concessionary rates are available to retired patrons over 65, full-time students, and registered unemployed people. Proof of ID is required when buying or picking up tickets. Only one discount per ticket.

If you have specific access requirements please contact the Box Office directly on 0161 624 2829 or at to discuss your visit to the Coliseum.

Group Discounts
Groups of 10+ get £3 off full price evening ticket (£19.50)

Groups of 25+ get £4 off full price evening ticket (£18.50) with free programme for organiser

Audio Described Performance
Thursday 7 June, 7.30pm

BSL Performance
Friday 8 June, 7.30pm

Meet the Cast
Thursday 7 June

Saver Performance
Saturday 26 May, 7.30pm

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Production Information:

Directed by Chris Lawson

Designed by Sammy Dowson

Lighting Designer Stewart Bartles

Sound Designer Lorna Munden

Written by Shelagh Delaney

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"With a cast as good as this, deft direction and a superbly realised set, there is no better time to taste some honey." - I Love Manchester

"I strongly urge anyone who enjoys popular theatre and has a strong sense of social and moral justice to rush to see it." - The Reviews Hub

"A powerful version of a modern British classic." - North West End


Gemma Dobson
Phil Rowson
Max Runham
Kerrie Taylor
Kenton Thomas