The Secret Garden musical at Her Majesty's Theatre in Melbourne

The Secret Garden

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update

Producers Opera Australia and John Frost are disappointed to announce that both the Sydney and Melbourne seasons of The Secret Garden are unable to proceed for reasons outside our control stemming from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and related government restrictions that have been implemented to reduce the spread of the virus.

Although The Secret Garden is not due to open until August, the lead time required to create this new production can’t be met due to travel bans, supply chain disruption and social distancing requirements.

While this decision is a devastating blow to all the performers and crews involved, ensuring the health and well-being of artists, staff and the community as a whole is the absolute priority.

We thank our patrons, staff, sponsors and the community for their patience and support as we work through these difficult times.

Patrons who purchased tickets to The Secret Garden will receive an email from the official ticketing provider shortly outlining details of the refund process. 

Updated Friday 24 April 2020

When it premiered on Broadway, The Secret Garden took New York by storm. Rave reviews, Tony Awards and international productions all followed. 

Now, for the first time in twenty-five years, this sensational musical returns to Australia. Based on the much-loved novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, this heart-warming story comes to life on-stage with the same magical qualities, in this sophisticated take on the literary classic.

Young, orphaned Mary Lennox arrives at her uncle’s home to find distant grieving relatives — and the mysterious tale of a secret garden. Together with new-found friends, Mary breathes life into the secret garden. She blossoms too, and through her adventures, tends to all the hearts around her.

Australia’s leading man, Anthony Warlow, will once again create theatrical magic in the role of Archibald Craven.

The sumptuous score contains a raft of wonderful songs, including ‘A Bit of Earth’, ‘Show Me the Key’, and the unforgettable ‘Lily’s Eyes'.

Book and Lyrics by

Marsha Norman

Music by

Lucy Simon

Based on the Novel by

Frances Hodgson Burnett



Susan H. Schulman


Michael Lichtefeld

Musical Director

Guy Simpson

Scenic Designer

Heidi Ettinger
Costume Designer Catherine Zuber
Lighting Designer Trudy Dalgleish
Sound Designer Michael Waters
Archibald Craven Anthony Warlow
Lily Georgina Hopson
Dr Neville Craven Rob McDougall
Martha Alinta Chidzey
Ben Weatherstaff Rodney Dobson
Dickon Nigel Huckle
Mrs Medlock Rowena Wallace
Rose Genevieve Kingsford
Captain Albert Lennox Glenn Hill
Lieutenant Shaw Jordan Angelides
Lieutenant Wright Andy Conaghan
Ayah Grace Driscoll
William / Major Shelley Des Flanagan
Swing / Dance Captain Matt Heyward
Swing Zoe Ioannou
Alice Matilda Moran
Claire / Mrs Winthrop Bronwyn Mulcahy
Timothy Adam Noviello
Swing Danielle O'Malley
Fakir David Ouch
Major Holmes James Shaw
Swing Alec Steedman
Betsy / Jane / Mrs Shelley Erica Wild

Please note: We cannot guarantee the appearance of any particular artist which is always subject to illness and leave arrangements. 

Running time: approximately 2 hours & 30 minutes, including one interval.

Sung in English

The story 

Mary Lennox, a young orphan, is sent to England to live in an old house with relatives she has never met.

She is neglected by her uncle and cousin, who are consumed by their own griefs.

Mary discovers a secret garden, and as she tends to it with a young gardener, she brings life to herself and her family.