Inside the Rehearsals of…The Secret Life of Bees, Almeida Theatre

The musical is set to play at the Almeida Theatre from the 8th April until the 27th May.

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Rehearsal images have now been released for the Almeida Theatre’s upcoming production of The Secret Life of Bees, directed by Whitney White.

Previewing from the 8th April, the cast for the production is set to include: 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).

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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 a musical about a group of women ignited by rebellion and longing for acceptance.

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The World Premiere of the musical was presented by Atlantic Theater Company in New York City in 2019. Its development as supported in part by the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s National Fund for New Musicals.

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The creative team behind the production also includes: Choreographer: Shelley Maxwell; Set Designer: Soutra Gilmour; Costume Designer: Qween Jean; Lighting Designer: Neil Austin; Sound Designer: Simon Baker; Music Supervisor and Musical Director: Nigel Lilley; Casting Director: Charlotte Sutton; WHAM Designer: Cynthia De La Rosa; Orchestrator: John Clancy and Vocal Arranger: Jason Hart.

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