Cirencester’s Barn Theatre announces it’s inaugural professional production
The Secret Garden
The Barn Theatre
Directed by Dominic Shaw
16 March – 15 April
The powerful story of an orphan girl shining hope into the desolate lives of her new-found relatives. Challenging, moving and inspiring for all ages.
Tickets: £14 – £28
Box Office: barntheatre.org.uk / 01285 648255
Previews: 16th & 17th March (7.30pm)
Opening week performances:
21st March 7.30pm, 22nd March 2.30pm & 7.30pm, 23rd March 7.30pm, 24th March 7.30pm, 25th March 12.30pm & 5.30pm
Standard week performances:
Tuesday 7.30pm, Wednesday 7.30pm, Thursday 2.30pm & 7.30pm, Friday 7.30pm, Saturday 7.30pm, Sunday 12.30pm & 5.30pm
The Barn Theatre is delighted to announce The Secret Garden as its inaugural professional production. Opening on 16th March 2018, the production markes the culmination of three years of planning, rebuilding and technical development for the Cirencester-based, 200-seat venue. The Barn Theatre has received tremendous support in the run up to its opening with high profile ambassadors including actors James Drefus, Matthew Kelly, Heida Reed, Daisy May Cooper and Broadway director Jerry Mitchell lending their support to the project’s ambitious aims.
The Secret Garden is a Tony Award-winning musical based on the 1911 book by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The musical’s script and lyrics are 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 3 Tony Awards. Dominic Shaw, who has previously worked on several West End Shows including Beautiful – The Carole King Musical; Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Legally Blonde and currently Kinky Boots will be directing the musical for The Barn Theatre with casting to be announced shortly.
The musical tells the story of 10 year old Mary Lennox, an English girl who has lived in India since birth, and is orphaned and sent back to England to live with her remaining relatives in a manor house in Yorkshire. There Mary discovers a house in mourning and a mysterious, neglected garden. With the help of the friends she makes at Misselthwaite, Mary helps restore not only the garden but the family themselves who are rejuvenated by her presence and heal their grief through love and hope.
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to direct a new interpretation of the Secret Garden. I plan to completely reimagine the piece and make it more accessible for a contemporary audience. The musical explores themes of love, family and rejuvenation – all themes which draw parallels & seem fitting for the opening of a brand new theatre.” Dominic Shaw – Director, The Secret Garden
“I’ couldn’t be more excited about The Barn Theatre and its plans. Having worked with both Iwan and Dom on various productions, it’s great to see them now forging their own path as young leaders in the industry. It’s a very positive thing to see a new generation of artists come through. To watch the energy with which they are approaching the opening of the new theatre and the first production is fantastic.” Jerry Mitchell, Broadway Director of Pretty Woman: The Musical and Ambassador of The Barn Theatre
“We are delighted to announce The Secret Garden as our first professional production. Dominic’s fearless approach really chimes with what we’re trying to achieve and we’re delighted to have him on board.” Iwan Lewis – Artistic Director, The Barn Theatre