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

The Secret Garden

Somewhere, someone buried the key to life… The key that opens the hidden door to… The Secret Garden.


Her Majesty's Theatre Melbourne

From November 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.

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Book and Lyrics by

Marsha Norman

Music by

Lucy Simon

Based on the Novel by

Frances Hodgson Burnett



Susan H. Schulman


Michael Lichtefeld

Set Designer

Heidi Ettinger

Music Supervisor

Guy Simpson

Archibald Craven Anthony Warlow

Cast to be announced.

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.