News: Open Air Theatre’s The Secret Garden reveals cast and creatives

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre today announce full cast for the stage adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic story The Secret Garden, in a new version by Holly Robinson and Anna Himali Howard, directed by Howard. The production runs 15 June – 20 July 2024.

Howard directs Theo Angel (Colin), Richard Clews (Ben Weatherstaff), George Fletcher (Dr Craven), Amanda Hadingue (Mrs Medlock), Molly Hewitt-Richards (Martha), Jack Humphrey (Archibald Craven), Avita Jay (Champa), Hannah Khalique-Brown (Mary Lennox), Patrick Osborne (Captain Lennox), Sharan Phull (Lata/The Robin), Archana Ramaswamy (Padma), Brydie Service (Dickon).

The full creative team includes Dr Priyanka Basu (Consultant Historian and Translator), Laura Cubitt (Puppetry Consultant), Will Dickie (Movement Director), Tingying Dong (Sound Designer), Gillian Greer (Dramaturg), James Hassett (Season Associate Sound Designer), Anna Himali Howard (Director), Polly Jerrold (Casting Director), Mishra Music (Ford Collier and Kate Griffin) (Composer), Jai Morjaria (Lighting Designer), Ita O’Brien (Intimacy Director), Hana Pascal Keegan (Associate Director), Khadija Raza (Costume Designer), Holly Robinson (Writer), Leslie Travers (Set Designer).

This new adaptation of The Secret Garden is a Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre commission.

A Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production
The Secret Garden
By Frances Hodgson Burnett
In a new version by Holly Robinson and Anna Himali Howard

15 June – 20 July 2024

‘Mary would always say that what happened at that moment was almost magic.’

Spoilt and abandoned, 10-year-old Mary Lennox is sent from India to Yorkshire, and put into the care of an uncle she has never met.

At Misselthwaite Manor, a broken-hearted house full of secrets and strange noises, Mary discovers a garden as lost and neglected as she is. If she can learn to make friends with robins, grumpy gardeners, and a boy who speaks to animals, Mary might be able to bring more than just the garden back to life. 

Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved and radical story about the magic of nature and the nature of magic is adapted in a new version by Holly Robinson (soft animals, Soho Theatre) and Anna Himali Howard (Graceland, Royal Court; Orpheus, Opera North).

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