Ahead of the UK premiere of The Secret Life of Bees, the Almeida Theatre has dropped rehearsal photos for the show.
This captivating new musical about a group of women ignited by rebellion and longing for acceptance is written by Lynn Nottage, composer Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening) and lyricist Susan Birkenhead, based on the best- selling novel by Sue Monk Kidd.
Directed by Whitney White (What to Send Up When It Goes Down), The Secret Life of Bees runs from 8 April to 27 May 2023 at the Almeida.
The musical stars Abiona Omonua as Rosaleen and Eleanor Worthington-Cox as Lily, alongside Ava Brennan (June), Tarinn Callender (Neil), Madeline Charlemagne (Daughter of Mary/U/S August), Danielle Fiamanya (May), Eleanor House (U/S Lily), Rachel John (August), Daniel Krikler (Ensemble), Shekinah McFarlane (Daughter of Mary/U/S June), Mark Meadows (T Ray), Richard James-Neale(Ensemble/U/S T Ray), Chrystine Symone (Daughter of Mary/U/S Rosaleen and May), Noah Thomas (Zachary) and Marcellus Whyte(U/S Neil and Zach).
The show is set in 1964 in South Carolina, and sees Rosaleen fighting for her right to vote, and Lily escaping her violent father. When this unlikely pair flee their small town, they seek salvation at a remote honeybee farm run by the remarkable Boatwright sisters. But will their past catch up with them?
The show first premiered in New York City in 2019, and this production is produced by the Almeida in association with West End and broadway mega-producer Sonia Friedman, plus Lauren Shuler Donner, Marianne Mills, Bob Cohen, Hugo Six and Atlantic Theater Company.