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A group of women gather together looking towards the young woman at the centre, who is visibly emotional.
A group of women gather together looking towards the young woman at the centre, who is visibly emotional.

The Secret Life of Bees

Book by Lynn Nottage, Music by Duncan Sheik, Lyrics by Susan Birkenhead, Based on the novel by Sue Monk Kidd, Directed by Whitney White

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Sat 8 Apr – Sat 27 May 2023

★★★★
“Come for the music. Go home in awe”
The Guardian

★★★★
The Telegraph, Independent, The Times, The i, Financial Times, Daily Mirror, WhatsOnStage

“Me and my sisters
We hold this house together
Hurt just one, you hurt us all”

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 “vibrant new musical” (The i) full of “astonishingly powerful music” (The Guardian) 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?

Written by playwright Lynn Nottage, composer Duncan Sheik and lyricist Susan Birkenhead, The Secret Life of Bees is “buzzing with delights” (The Times) and features “performances of real star quality” (WhatsOnStage). Directed by Whitney White and based on the best-selling novel by Sue Monk Kidd, this production “deserves to generate a real buzz” (The Telegraph).

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.

Running Time
Approx. 2 hours & 30 mins, incl. an interval

Evenings 7.30pm
Matinees 2pm

Access Performances
Book by calling Box Office on 020 7359 4404 or email boxoffice@almeida.co.uk.
Audio Described
Wed 24 May 2pm (Touch Tour 12pm)
Captioned Mon 15 May 7.30pm
Relaxed Environment Wed 17 May 2pm

Content Warnings
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How To Get Tickets

Many performances are now sold out or have limited availability, but you still might be able to get tickets.

Check our tickets guide

Production Photos

Photos by Marc Brenner

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Cast & Creatives

  • Cast

  • Creatives

    Rachel Wingate

    Associate Designer

  • Band

    Rosie Bergonzi
    Rebecca Gibson Swift
    Mat Hector
    Richard Henry
    Jay Phelps
    Diego Rodriguez
    Andy Taylor-Vebel
    Lewis Turner
Four people are sat on chairs on the Almeida stage.

Talks & Events

Talkback
After Mon 15 May performance.
A post-show talk with members of the company. Free to same-day ticket holders.

Almeida For Free
Thu 11 May 7.30pm
A free performance for those aged 25 and under. More info >

Concesssions

All concession tickets are limited and subject to availability. Proof of eligibility is required. Concessions in the final week of performances are only valid for Deaf and disabled bookings. More info>

Access

Deaf and disabled patrons and a companion can buy tickets for £25 (£30 on selected performances) by calling the Box Office on 020 7359 4404 or email boxoffice@almeida.co.uk.

25 & Under

£5 tickets will be available to those aged 25 and under for performances from Sat 8 – Fri 14 Apr. Enter code 25UNDER when selecting your seats. Tickets go on sale at 1pm on Fri 17 Mar. More info>

30s & Under

If you are aged 30 or under, you can book a £15 ticket for seats that are normally £30 or £35. Applicable on all performances except Fri & Sat evenings.

Students, Over 65s & Unemployed

Book a £25 ticket for seats that are normally £30 or £35 on all performances except Fri & Sat evenings. This concession is also for £45 seats on matinee performances.

Islington First

If you live or work in the Islington area you can book best available seats for £25 for performances from Sat 8 – Tue 18 Apr, subject to availability. Enter promo code ISFIRST when selecting your seats. Find applicable postcodes here.

NHS and Blue Light Card holders

Use code BLUELIGHT when selecting your seats to book £25 tickets for seats that are normally £30 or £35 on all performances except Fri & Sat evenings. This concession is also for £45 seats on matinee performances. Limited to 2 tickets per person.

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The world premiere of The Secret Life of Bees was presented by Atlantic Theatre 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.