• The Secret Garden

Event Details

Fri 27 Jul - Sat 25 Aug

Time: 7pm | Selected matinees 10:30am & 2:30pm

Running Time: 2 hours 20 minutes (including interval)

Venue: Main House

Ticket Information: £25 - £16 | £50 Family Ticket 4 (max 2 adults)

Age Recommendations: 6+

Book Tickets


Producer: Theatre By The Lake

Writer: Frances Hodgson Burnett

Adapted by: Jessica Swale

Directed by: Liz Stevenson

Designed by: Lily Arnold

Lighting Designed by: Matt Leventhall

Choreographer: Siân Williams

Musical Director and Composer: Barnaby Race

Sound Designed by: George Dennis

Sound Associate: Chris Drohan

Puppetry Director: Steve Tiplady

Assistant Stage Manager: Sara-Lee Bull

Casting Director: Ellie Collyer-Bristow CDG

The Secret Garden

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.

With a delightful score and a menagerie of puppets, Jessica Swale’s (winner of the Evening Standard Most Promising Playwright for Blue Stockings at Shakespeare’s Globe and the Olivier for Best New Comedy for Nell Gwynn) richly imagined adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s much loved classic is a summer must-see for all ages.

The cast includes Ella Dunlop (Pieces of String, Colchester Mercury; Comedy of Errors, Exeter Northcott Theatre) as Mary Lennox, Matthew Durkan (The History Boys, UK tour; Housed, Old Vic), and Steven Roberts (The History Boys, UK tour; and George Smith in C4’s Hollyoaks).

"Colourful and magic-filled." ★★★★ The Stage 

"You’ll be hard put to stop a smile spreading." ★★★★ Sunday Times

"Terrific performances abound." ★★★★★ York Press

"Magical." ★★★★★ North West End

Don't miss the Post Show Discussion after the 7pm performance on Wednesday 15 August.

Audio Described: Thursday 23 August, 7pm & Saturday 25 August 2:30pm

BSL: Saturday 18 August, 2:30pm

Captioned: Saturday 25 August, 2:30pm

Relaxed Performance: Thursday 16 August, 2:30pm

Kindly sponsored by:


We will be asking theatre audiences if they are able to help us with a donation when they are booking with us. Each and every donation, no matter how large or small, is most gratefully received, helping to provide us with the funds needed to deliver this exciting project. Because York Theatre Royal is a registered charity, we can claim Gift Aid on all eligible donations.  

Recommended Shows