THE enchanting musical The Secret Garden is set to blossom anew at Melville Theatre this winter.
Written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Marsha Norman and Lucy Simon and directed by husband-and-wife team Katherine and Justin Freind, it is based on the beloved classic children’s novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
The Secret Garden tells the story of 10-year-old Mary Lennox, orphaned while living in India, returning to England to live with her embittered uncle Archibald, whom she has never met.
Her uncle is a recluse – tormented by insecurities over his physical impairments, plagued by fears he passed those limitations onto his fragile son and constantly haunted by dreams of his late wife.
Feeling abandoned and alone, Mary is befriended by the manor staff who encourage her to find solace in the gardens that need attention.
A compelling tale of forgiveness and hope, The Secret Garden reveals even the cruellest of environments can burst with new life.
Winner of numerous Tony and Drama Desk Awards, it was also adapted into a 1993 film.
Visit www.meltheco.org.au for tickets.