UPDATED 2 April 2018: The Barn Theatre in Cirencester triumphantly flung open its doors this week with its inaugural production of The Secret Garden. Dominic Shaw’s fresh new actor-musician, folk-influence take on this Tony Award-winning family musical has now extended by two weeks until 28 April 2018 at this new theatrical destination in the heart of the Cotswolds. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite review quotes – plus new “Come to the Garden” videos – below…
After losing both parents to cholera in India, young Mary Lennox is sent to England to live with her hermit uncle, Archibald Craven. Inside his haunting secluded house, Mary meets his bedridden son, Colin, all alone with his mother’s death on his conscience. Everything changes when Mary decides to revive the beauty of her Aunt Lily’s overgrown secret garden.
The Secret Garden, based on the 1911 book by Frances Hodgson Burnett, has script and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Marsha Norman with a score by Lucy Simon. The musical originally premiered on Broadway in 1991, going on to win three Tony Awards.
The 12-strong cast of actor-musicians features Daniella Piper (as Mary), David Haydn (Archibald Craven), Jaimie Pruden (Lily Craven), Minal Patel (Neville Craven), Celeste De Veazey (Colin Craven), Jenny O Leary (Martha), and Alex James Ellison (Dickon). They’re joined in the ensemble by Sue Appleby, Steffan Rizzi, Jamie Ross, Celia Cruwys Finnigan and Ben Boskovic. The Barn Theatre production is directed by Dominic Shaw and designed by PJ McEvoy with musical supervision by John Quirk.
The Secret Garden runs from 16 March to 28 April 2018 at The Barn, 5 Beeches Road, Cirencester GL7 1BN. Performances are Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7.30pm, with Thursday matinees at 2.30pm, and Sunday matinees at 12.30pm and 5.30pm. Tickets are priced £14-£22. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
Come to the Garden
Are you following the Barn Theatre on social media? We’re captivated by the #ComeToTheGarden videos they’ve been sharing on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Here are a few. Be sure to follow them for more – plus tons of audience feedback on The Secret Garden.
— Barn Theatre (@Btheatreciren) March 18, 2018
— Barn Theatre (@Btheatreciren) March 17, 2018
— Barn Theatre (@Btheatreciren) March 15, 2018
— Barn Theatre (@Btheatreciren) March 16, 2018