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The Secret Garden - production images released

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

To view production images for The Secret Garden click here.

Previously Posted: Rehearsal images have been released for The Secret Garden, which plays at the Ambassadors Theatre from August 3 (previews from July 27) to August 31, 2016. To view them, click here.

Previously Posted: This summer, the Tony award-winning musical The Secret Garden is returning to the West End, where it will play a six week season at the Ambassadors Theatre – from August 3 (previews from July 27) to August 31, 2016.

Based on the 1911 novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden has script and lyrics by Pulitzer prize and Tony award-winner Marsha Norman and music by Grammy award-winner Lucy Simon. It will be directed by Rupert Hands.

This special “Spring” version of the show has been adapted to 75 minutes by its creators to be performed by young people.

The Secret Garden comes from the same production team that was behind Annie Jr, which broke box office records last summer at the Arts Theatre, at the same time giving 350 youngsters the chance to act for the first time in the West End.

More than 2,000 children have auditioned for The Secret Garden and 300 youngsters will be cast in the show.

Producer Matthew Chandler of P2P Productions said: “This is the European premiere of a new version of The Secret Garden, specially adapted to be performed with just four adult actors and 20 children. We have 21 teams of child actors who will perform in rotation throughout the season. It is a fantastic opportunity for all the youngsters involved.”

Orphaned while living in India, 10 year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire, England to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald, whom she has never met. There, the ill-tempered and lonely Mary meets Martha, a chambermaid, who tells her of a secret garden which belonged to her aunt Lily before she died.

Mary’s search for the garden introduces her to a slew of other characters including Dickon (Martha’s brother), Ben (the head gardener), Neville (her other uncle), and a spirited robin that seems to be trying to talk to her. This compelling tale of forgiveness and hope reveals that even the cruelest of environments can blossom with new life.

Director Rupert Hands said: “I’m very much looking forward to working on this beautiful musical with such an exciting company of young actors. Giving young people the opportunity to work on great shows in great spaces is vital for the future of theatre.”

The Secret Garden is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Produced by Matthew Chandler and Stephan Garcia for P2P Productions, The Secret Garden has musical direction by Richard Baker, choreography by Jamie Neale and costume and set design by Lizzy Leech. Resident Director is Julie Thomas and Resident Choreographer Katy Stephens.

To book tickets, call the box office on 020 7395 5405 or visit www.theambassadorstheatre.co.uk/.