The Secret Life of Bees – final casting revealed

Final casting has been announced for the UK premiere of The Secret Life of Bees.

Leading the cast, are previously announced cast members: Ava Brennan (Les MisérablesHamiltonTina – The Tina Turner MusicalThe Lion King), Tarinn Callender (HamiltonCome From Away), Danielle Fiamanya (Frozen, & Juliet, The Colour Purple), Rachel John (Hamilton, The Bodyguard), Mark Meadows (Quiz, Flowers for Mrs Harris) and Abiona Omonua (Caroline, or Change).

New casting announced today includes: Eleanor House (Tempest), Richard James-Neale (The Book of Dust – La Belle Sauvage), Daniel Krikler (The Book Thief), Shekinah McFarlane (Six), Chrystine Symone (Anyone Can Whistle), Noah Thomas (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie), Marcellus Whyte (Motown) and Eleanor Worthington-Cox (Matilda).

Rehearsals are underway for Almeida Theatre’s captivating new musical stage adaptation of The Secret Life of Bees, based on the best-selling novel by Sue Monk Kidd.

The show is brought to life on stage by playwright Lynn Nottage, composer Duncan Sheik and lyricist Susan Birkenhead and director Whitney White. The creative team includes Shelley Maxwell (choreography), Soutra Gilmour (set design), Qween Jean (costume design), Neil Austin (lighting), Simon Baker (sound), Nigel Lilley (Music Supervisor and Musical Director) and Charlotte Sutton (casting director).

This powerful, poignant and funny coming-of age story is set in 1960’s South Carolina and follows a lonely white teenage girl, struggling with the loss of her mother and a distant father. When her black caregiver and only friend is assaulted for asserting her civil rights, the pair escape on an adventure where they are taken in by a trio of black beekeeping sisters.

The Secret Life of Bees runs from 4 April to 27 May 2023 at the Almeida Theatre in North London.

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📷 Main photo: The Secret Life of Bees cast - Photo courtesy of Almeida Theatre

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