The Secret Life of Bees

The Secret Life of Bees Tickets London

Almeida Theatre, London

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Arriving in London in 2022, don’t miss this powerful, poignant and funny coming-of age story, based on the best selling novel The Secret Life Bees by Sue Monk Kidd.

The Secret Life of Bees is brought to life on stage in a new musical adaptation from a multi-award winning creative team helmed by Tony Award winning Director Sam Gold (Fun Home).

Adapted for the stage by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage (Sweat, Ruined), with music by Tony and Grammy Award winner Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening) and lyrics by two-time Tony nominee and Drama Desk winner Susan Birkenhead (Jelly’s Last Jam), this highly anticipated new musical will receive its West End premiere in 2022.

Directed by Whitney White, The Secret Life of Bees is playing at the Almeida Theatre from 4 April to 27 May 2023, before a widely expected West End transfer.

Main photo: New York production

What's the story of The Secret Life of Bees?

Set in South Carolina in 1964, this coming-of age story follows Lily, a lonely white teenager, struggling with her distant father and the haunting memory of her mother’s death.

When Rosaleen, her black caregiver and only friend, is beaten and jailed for asserting her right to vote, Lily’s rebellious spirit is ignited. She and Rosaleen escape on an adventure where they are taken in by a trio of black beekeeping sisters. While Lily tries to unlock the secrets of her past, she and Rosaleen find solace in the mesmerising world of bees and spirituality in this extraordinary tale of awakening, fellowship and healing.

Who is in the cast of The Secret Life of Bees?

Casting for the London production of The Secret Life of Bees to be announced.

Who are the creative team of The Secret Life of Bees?

The Secret Life of Bees is a musical written by Lynn Nottage (Sweat, Ruined), with music by Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening), lyrics by Susan Birkenhead (Jelly’s Last Jam), and directed by Sam Gold (Fun Home); based on the best-selling novel by Sue Monk Kidd.

The musical is directed by Whitney White.


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Show Information

Running time
To be confirmed
Performance dates
4 April 2023 - 27 May 2023

Venue Information

Almeida Theatre, Almeida Street, London, N1 1TA
Nearest Tube or Train: Highbury & Islington (Victoria / Overground), Angel (Northern)
Nearest Buses: 4, 19, 30 or 43, 38, 56, 73, 341 and 476
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The Secret Life of Bees musical to open in London
Hit New York musical The Secret Life of Bees is finally getting its UK premiere. The Almeida Theatre in London will premiere the show next year, in a production directed by Whitney White (What to Send Up When it Goes Down). The musical will run at the Almeida from 4 April to 27 May 2023. And there is hope of a life after the Almeida! - although there is no official word on this yet. However, West End producer Sonia Friedman is involved with funding and producing the show, along with American film producer Lauren Shuler Donner, Broadway producer Marianne Mills and American director and producer Robert Cohen. The show is set in 1960s South Carolina, where two girls flee their small town and seek salvation at a remote honey bee farm run by the remarkable Boatwright sisters. The Secret Life of Bees is written by playwright Lynn Nottage, composer Duncan Sheik and lyricist Susan Birkenhead, and is based on the best-selling novel by Sue Monk Kidd. Casting or the full creative team is yet to be announced. Also in 2023, the Almeida will transfer its successful production of Peter Morgan’s Patriots starring Tom Hollander to the West End, starting at the Noel Coward Theatre in May 2023. Ahead of their production of The Doctor starring Juliet Stevenson, starts its run at the Duke of York’s Theatre in September. Other shows announced in the Almeida's 2022-2023 season include Cabaret director Rebecca Frecknall directing Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, starring Lydia Wilson, Paul Mescal and Anjana Vasan; and Tammy Faye, a new musical from Elton John, Jake Shears and James Graham, starring Katie Brayben, Andrew Rannells and Zubin Varla. Main photo: The Secret Life of Bees - Atlantic Theater Company New York production- Photo by Ahron R. Foster More about The Secret Life of Bees - The Musical

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