The much loved classic children’s book The Secret Garden is being brought to life on stage at York Theatre Royal this summer in a magical production for all the family.

The production will be accompanied by a programme of exciting activities with a chance for youngsters to explore and play in the theatre’s Secret Studio Garden.

This stage adaptation of the famous Frances Hodgson Burnett is by Jessica Swale, whose plays include Blue Stockings at Shakespeare’s Globe and Nell Gwynn, which won an Olivier for best new comedy.

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 on the wild Yorkshire Moors.

Misselthwaite is a mysterious place full of dark corners and strange night-time noises, and Mary is sure there are secrets to unearth. With the help of some unexpected friends, Mary sets about discovering the legend of its secret garden, in one of literature’s most enduring and magical adventures.

Originally written by Frances Hodgson Burnett, this adaptation by Olivier award-winning playwright Jessica Swale features puppetry and live music set to an original score by Barnaby Race.

The production runs from 27 July to 25 August. A perfect treat for the school holidays.

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