Rehearsal images are released for the UK premiere of The Secret Life of Bees running at the Almeida Theatre from 08 April – 27 May
The full cast for The Secret Life of Bees are Ava Brennan (June), Tarinn Callender (Neil), Eleanor Worthington-Cox (Lily), 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), Abiona Omonua (Rosaleen), Chrystine Symone (Daughter of Mary/U/S Rosaleen and May), Noah Thomas (Zachary) and Marcellus Whyte (U/S Neil and Zach).
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of 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.
“Me and my sisters
We hold this house together Hurt just one, you hurt us all”
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 honeybee farm run by the remarkable Boatwright sisters. But will their past catch up with them?
Written by playwright Lynn Nottage, composer Duncan Sheik and lyricist Susan Birkenhead, The Secret Life of Bees is directed by Whitney White (What to Send Up When It Goes Down) and based on the best- selling novel by Sue Monk Kidd.
The Secret Life of Bees is presented in association with Sonia Friedman Productions, Lauren Shuler Donner, Marianne Mills, Bob Cohen, Hugo Six and Atlantic Theater Company.
World Premiere presented by Atlantic Theater Company, New York City, 2019. Development of The Secret Life of Bees was supported in part by the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s National Fund for New Musicals – www.namt.org