The Secret Life of Bees
The Secret Life of Bees
79

The Secret Life of Bees London Reviews and Tickets

79%
(20 Ratings)
Positive
90%
Mixed
10%
Negative
0%
Members say
Great singing, Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging

About the Show

A new musical based on the bestselling novel exploring the interracial landscape of the U.S. civil rights era.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (20)

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85 Reviews | 4 Followers
94
Intense, Must see, Great singing, Great acting

See it if You are into a serious story performed by a great cast. Duncan Sheeks songs might not stand out on its own, it is totally fitting here

Don't see it if You don't want to see anything about racism

161 Reviews | 28 Followers
86
Must see, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you want to see some powerhouse vocal performances in this new musical. Vocally stunning from the whole cast- every harmony spot on.

Don't see it if you don’t enjoy musicals or you’re looking for something more light hearted- this was a poignant story, often sad, sometimes uncomfortable. Read more

91 Reviews | 5 Followers
80
Romantic, Intense, Great staging, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if You like soulful musicals. Topics such as race, friendship and love are of interest to you.

Don't see it if You don't like dated stories and are expecting a musical with big musical numbers. Read more

59 Reviews | 0 Followers
80
Indulgent, Great acting, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if you're a sucker for a gorgeous set, genius lighting design & engaging performances. Rachel John & Eleanor Worthington-Cox are outstanding!

Don't see it if you like your musical songs to steer the narrative. It's not quite nailed that.

58 Reviews | 5 Followers
79
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you want to see FANTASTIC vocals

Don't see it if you want a super, fantastic book.

184 Reviews | 30 Followers
79
Refreshing, Edgy, Great acting, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if your into seeing new musicals

Don't see it if your expecting to be remembering songs after you see it

53 Reviews | 0 Followers
79
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy great performances and new songs

Don't see it if you don’t like stories about racism

176 Reviews | 11 Followers
78
Resonant, Dated, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if Beautiful songs and singing

Don't see it if You want something "unique" - a fairly dated story

Critic Reviews (13)

BroadwayWorld
April 21st, 2023

" 'The Secret Life of Bees' is a production that will resonate strongly with audiences of all ages."
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The London Evening Standard
April 21st, 2023

" 'The Secret Life of Bees' embraces many troubling tropes, mixes them all up in a musical bran tub, and – I think – synthesises something new. See for yourself: you certainly won’t be bored."
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Time Out London
April 20th, 2023

"‘The Secret Life of Bees’ has a lot going for it. But slow pacing and a muted protagonist means it never gets out of first gear – worth you [sic] time, but as bees go it’s more bumble than killer."
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The Guardian (UK)
April 20th, 2023

"The story meanders, comes to a standstill at times and leaves loose threads. What is surprising is that none of this matters. Come for the music. Go home in awe."
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The Telegraph (UK)
April 20th, 2023

"Given how sour and racially divided the world can seem, it’s worth making a beeline for a show with a rare honeycomb heart."
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The Times (UK)
April 20th, 2023

"The strength of the performances can sometimes lift a musical into a different league...The Almeida’s version — directed by Whitney White — contains some of the most impassioned singing I have heard in a show for quite some time."
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London Theatre
April 25th, 2023

“What’s missing is more nuance and surprise to a show that wears its platitudes on its sleeve...’The Secret Life of Bees’ has much to admire and applaud, but did I love it? Not quite, though with further tweaking, I very well might.”
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The Stage (UK)
April 20th, 2023

"In spite of some soaring musical moments, this is a show that never quite takes flight."
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