REVIEW ROUND-UP: The Secret Garden at the Ambassadors Theatre

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This new slimmed-down musical production based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic children’s book has opened at the Ambassadors Theatre, with a cast of hundreds of children, for a run until 27 August 2016. What have critics made of it? 

The Stage: ★★ Mark Shenton wrote: “Director Rupert Hands ensures the storytelling has clarity and texture, light and shade.”

A Younger Theatre: “The Secret Garden remains the much loved classic that it has become over generations. Overall, if there’s anyone looking for an enjoyable way to spend the summer holiday with a child, then this is the show for you.”

Gay Times Magazine: ★★★ “Though not a masterpiece, there is much to admire here and the cast of The Secret Garden have all put in a solid effort.”

Exeunt Magazine: “Ultimately, this production feels like a very worthy endeavour, and a great showcase for some young talent.”

The Reviews Hub: ★★ “Marsha Norman and Lucy Simon’s adaptation of the children’s classic novel The Secret Garden is perfect material for a summer holiday theatrical treat.”

Musical Theatre Review: ★★ “Rupert Hands’ production is a strong and enjoyable show on any terms.”

Time Out: ★★★ “As Mary’s new friend Dickon might say: there’s plenty of wilt (promise) in director Jamie Neal’s show – but it never bursts into bloom.”

The Upcoming: ★★ “A lovely, superbly directed musical for both children and adults, The Secret Garden is uplifting, entertaining and outstanding.”

Broadway World.com: ★★ “Suitable for anyone over the age of 10, this is old-fashioned entertainment, but a fine introduction to the power of theatre.”

Carn’s Theatre Passion: ★★ “This show is scripted and designed with a young appreciated audience in mind and I believe it does its job brilliantly. It left me feeling enchanted, heart-warmed and charmed when I left the theatre. It really is delightful and I encourage anyone with children to go and see it.”

Entertainment Focus: ★★ “Overall, I felt that it is a very good production and fans of the book will most likely find it very enjoyable.”

Johnnyfox.co.uk: ★★★ “If you are going to stage even a 75-minute truncated version of this musical surely the minimal requirement is a ‘garden’ since it’s both the setting and the metaphor for the entire conceit.”

British Theatre Guide: “As a West End show, this leaves something to be desired but it isn’t asking the usual West End prices so a little indulgence is allowable and there is a special pleasure in seeing youngsters so thoroughly enjoying the opportunity that this production gives them.”

 

 

 

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Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at LoveLDNLoveCul.
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Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at LoveLDNLoveCul.

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