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The Secret Garden (Susan Elkin reviews)


The Secret Garden continues at the Ambassadors Theatre, London until 31 August.

Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

If you want charm and highly moral, traditional clean entertainment you can’t go far wrong with The Secret Garden.

Marsha Norman’s version (based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s novel), pared down here to 75 mins for young performers and audiences, is linear and nippy. There are tuneful songs by Lucy Simon to drive the action forward and some ghosts that don’t appear in the original novel to make it clear that we’re in a house consumed by grief in a way that works on stage.

The British Theatre Academy works with …

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Susan Elkin Susan Elkin is an education journalist, author and former secondary teacher of English. She was Education and Training Editor at The Stage from 2005 - 2016
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