Westacre Theatre stages winter warmer production of The Secret Garden

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Bringing their autumn season to a heart-warming close this Christmas, Westacre Theatre is staging a new stage adaptation of the classic tale, The Secret Garden, over the festive period.

The Christmas show has been re-written for the stage by artistic director Andy Naylor, and is directed by Hayley Roberts, and will delight audiences throughout December.

Written by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden tells the story of a little girl transported from the wealth and opulence of living in India, to the moors of Yorkshire where her life is turned upside down. Andy Naylor said: “This classic tale is a perfect way to end our very successful autumn season here at Westacre.

“A truly uplifting story of renewal and rejuvenation with hidden surprises. A heart-warming treat for Christmas.”

Mary Lennox is a spoilt, sickly girl used to getting her own way. When she is orphaned and sent to live with her uncle in Yorkshire she is expected to be quiet and bother no-one.

Friendless and disliked by all in the household, she seeks refuge from her loneliness in a secret garden that has remained locked for many years.

What she discovers there transforms her life and those of everyone around her.

The cast of The Secret Garden include some of the favourite Westacre Theatre actors, including Andy Naylor, Issy Huckle, Steve Rimmer, Jake Champion and Katherine Shaw, as well as newcomers Naomi Thorp, who plays Mary, Erin Richardson as Martha the housemaid, and Chris Beale as Mary’s sickly cousin, Colin.

The Secret Garden is on at 7.30pm tonight, tomorrow, December 22 and 27. There are also afternoon showings at 2.30pm on December 20, 22, 23 and 27.

Tickets cost £12 and £16, with concessions available, and can be booked online at www.westacretheatre.com or by calling the box office on 01760 755800.