Puppetry and magic at The Secret Garden

How do you bring Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden to life on stage? Jessica Swale’s adaptation, coming to York Theatre Royal from 27th July – 25th August, is going to attempt to create a magical world audiences will fall in love with.

It’s 1910 and spoilt, lonely Mary Lennox lives a life of luxury until an unexpected twist of fate suddenly leaves her orphaned and sent to live in a mysterious Yorkshire manor. With the help of some unexpected friends, Mary sets about discovering the legend of its secret garden.

Director Liz Stevenson is bringing the piece to life through a magical score and menagerie of puppets. She says: “Through the journey of the play we see how Yorkshire’s beautiful landscape and the warmth of its people turn Mary’s life around.”

Throughout the run of The Secret Garden, York Theatre Royal’s Studio theatre is being turned into a garden where children and families can take part in a range of exciting activities related to the production…
Mini Garden Making & Stories, £5
Wed and Thurs 11.30am – 12.30pm
Bugs & Flowers Craft Making, £1
Wed & Thurs 12.30pm – 2.15pm; Fri 3.30pm-4.45pm; Sat 12.30pm – 2.15pm
Puppetry Making & Workshop, £5
Fri 2.30-3.30pm; Sat 11.30am-12.30pm

I think this is going to be a really magical and exciting production, though perhaps one suited for families rather than adults expecting a thought-provoking piece of ‘serious’ theatre.

Do get your tickets and let me know how you get on – visit the York Theatre Royal website for all the information you need.

Photography credited to Hannah Carter-Brown

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