We went to see this show… in fact to call it a show doesn’t really do it justice. It was a whole experience! From the moment you walk into the beautiful York Theatre Royal you can see that the Secret Garden has truly taken over the Theatre with the gorgeous floral displays everywhere. There is the usual dressing up area with extra props so your Mini Mumblers can dress up – always loads of fun!
I went with my friend and our daughters (both 5) – the Theatre recommended age 6+ for this and I think that is about right – having said that my 5 year old absolutely loved it and I’m glad she didn’t miss it. The most ‘grown up’ scene is the opening one where they show the household in India with a privileged family. They way the mother treats their servant is appalling. There is also a scary part with the boy in the loft getting ‘treatment’ for his ailments… but to be honest I think I was more disturbed by these scenes than my 5 year old – she seemed to just take it all in her stride!
The production itself was just absolutely fabulous! The lead character of Mary Lennox, played by Emma Dunlop, was done brilliantly. The Set was absolutely wonderful and the whole experience was just magical. My daughter’s favourite bits… ‘the girls’s singing and the puppets’ A wonderful childhood tale of adventure, discovery and friendship.
If you haven’t been to see it yet then I’d recommend you get booked in asap. It’s only playing until 25th August and it’s not one to miss.
“If you look the right way, you can see the whole world is a garden…”
On from July 27 to August 25, this show has already proved to be really popular so if you want to get along then make sure you BOOK YOUR TICKETS as soon as possible.
With a delightful score and a menagerie of puppets, Jessica Swale’s richly imagined adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s much-loved classic The Secret Garden is a summer must-see. Recommended for ages 6+ (although I’ll certainly be taking my 5 year old!)
It’s 1910 and spoilt, lonely Mary Lennox lives a life of luxury in India with her aristocratic parents. But when an unexpected twist of fate suddenly leaves her orphaned, she is sent to live with an unknown uncle in Misselthwaite Manor – a mysterious place – on the wild Yorkshire Moors.
With the help of some unexpected friends, Mary sets about discovering the legend of its secret garden.
Have a look behind the scenes at the rehearsals here…
What the critics said about The Secret Garden at Theatre by the Lake:
“Stevenson marshals her ensemble very effectively, and nicely balances the production’s contrasting moods … superb set and sound design” The Stage
“A beautiful production, clever, touching and magical” Cumbria Lake
“Bursting with Technicolor vitality” The Stage
“One word – magical” North West End
York Theatre Royal
The Secret Garden
27, 28, 31 July at 7pm
1,2, 4, 9, 11, 15, 16, 18, 23, 25 August at 2.30pm
8 and 22 August at 10.30am & 3pm
Tickets £16 – £25. Family ticket £50 (max 2 adults)
Box office 01904 623568 yorktheatreroyal.co.uk
Audio described Thu 23 Aug 7pm & Sat 25 Aug 2.30pm
BSL Sat 18 Aug 2.30pm
Captioned Sat 25 Aug 2.30pm
Relaxed performance Thu 16 Aug 2.30pm
Don’t forget to drop into the Secret Studio Garden
Throughout the run of The Secret Garden the Studio theatre is being turned into a garden where children and families can make, play, listen and enjoy a garden being created by them. Over the week families can enjoy different activities that explore and link to the production.
GARDEN ACTIVITIES AND TIMES Wed 1 – Sat 25 Aug
Mini Garden Making & Stories, £5
Wed and Thurs 11.30am – 12.30pm