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7 June–21 July 2018

Arcola Theatre and The Elufowoju jr Ensemble

The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives

by Lola Shoneyin

Directed by Femi Elufowoju, jr

“Men are like yam, you cut them how you like.”

Baba Segi has three wives, seven children, and a mansion filled with riches. But now he has his eyes on Bolanle, a young university graduate wise to life’s misfortunes. When Bolanle responds to Baba Segi’s advances, she unwittingly uncovers a secret which threatens to rock his patriarchal household to the core.

The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives is a scandalous, engrossing tale of sexual politics and family strife in modern-day Nigeria. Lola Shoneyin’s bestselling novel bursts on to the stage in a vivid adaptation by Caine Award-winning playwright Rotimi Babatunde.

Femi Elufowoju, jr directs a multi-talented West African ensemble in the UK premiere production, featuring live Yoruba music, songs and dance.

A co-production by Arcola Theatre and The Elufowoju, jr Ensemble


Lola Shoneyin


Femi Elufowoju, jr

Music and Lyrics

Oyebade Dosunmu

Original Choreography

Uche Onah


Best £26 (£22 previews)
Standard £22 (£19 previews)
Value £15
Restricted £12

Standard tickets are £12 or less with Arcola Passport.

Monday - Saturday, 7.30pm
All Saturdays and Wed 18 July, 3pm matinee


  • Students / 26 and under - Value seats at £10 or 20% off Standard seats
  • 65 and over - 20% off Standard seats on Mon–Wed evenings and all matinee performances
  • People in receipt of disability benefits - free companion with full-price Standard seat or 20% off Standard seat
  • People in receipt of unemployment benefits - Value seats at £10 or 20% off Standard seats
  • Theatre union members - 10% off Standard seats
  • School and college groups (10+) - Best available seats at £12 for Mon–Wed evenings and Wed matinees, one free teacher per 10 students
  • Groups (10+) - eleventh ticket free

    Pay What You Can Tuesdays – limited allocation of tickets available in person, each Tuesday from 6pm. More info »

  • This production contains:
    Strong language
    Scenes of a sexual nature
    Flashing/strobe lights
    Loud noises
    Depiction of sexual violence

    Suitable for 18+

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