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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
Somewhere, someone buried the key to life… The key that opens the hidden door to… The Secret Garden.
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
Based on the Novel by
Frances Hodgson Burnett
Susan H. Schulman
|Costume Designer||Catherine Zuber|
|Lighting Designer||Trudy Dalgleish|
|Sound Designer||Michael Waters|
|Archibald Craven||Anthony Warlow|
|Dr Neville Craven||Rob McDougall|
|Ben Weatherstaff||Rodney Dobson|
|Mrs Medlock||Rowena Wallace|
|Captain Albert Lennox||Glenn Hill|
|Lieutenant Shaw||Jordan Angelides|
|Lieutenant Wright||Andy Conaghan|
|William / Major Shelley||Des Flanagan|
|Swing / Dance Captain||Matt Heyward|
|Claire / Mrs Winthrop||Bronwyn Mulcahy|
|Major Holmes||James Shaw|
|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.
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.