The Secret Life of Bees musical to make UK premiere at Almeida Theatre in 2023

The UK premiere of new musical The Secret Life of Bees is to run at Almeida Theatre.

Written by playwright Lynn Nottage (Sweat), composer Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening) and lyricist Susan Birkenhead (Jelly’s Last Jam), The Secret Life of Bees is based on the best-selling novel by Sue Monk Kidd.

The UK premiere production is directed by Whitney White (What to Send Up When it Goes Down) and will run from 4 April – 27 May 2023.

Making up the cast are Ava Brennan, Tarinn Callender, Madeline Charlemagne, Danielle Fiamanya, Eleanor House, Richard James-Neale, Rachel John, Daniel Krikler, Shekinah McFarlane, Mark Meadows, Abiona Omonua, Chrystine Symone, Noah Thomas, Marcellus Whyte and Eleanor Worthington-Cox.

Sweat, the Tony Award-winning composer of Spring Awakening, and Tony Award-nominated lyricist of Jelly’s Last Jam, comes a captivating new musical about a group of women ignited by rebellion and longing for acceptance.

1964, South Carolina. Rosaleen is fighting for her right to vote, and Lily is escaping her violent father. When this unlikely pair flee their small town, they seek salvation at a remote honey bee farm run by the remarkable Boatwright sisters. But will their past catch up with them?

The creative team is made up of choreographer Shelley Maxwell, set designer Soutra Gilmour, costume designer Qween Jean, lighting designer Neil Austin, sound designer Simon Baker, music supervisor and musical director Nigel Lilley, orchestrator John Clancy, vocal arranger Jason Hart, orchestral management David Gallagher, wigs, hair & makeup designer Cynthia De La Rosa, casting director Charlotte Sutton, costume supervisor Jackie Orton, assistant director Mumba Dodwell and associate choreographer Ebony Molina.

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The musical first premiered off-Broadway in 2019.

About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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