Rupert Hand Directs The Secret Garden at the Ambassadors Theatre
Whilst the Ambassadors Theatre remains the ongoing home of the hit percussive show Stomp, this summer will see the long running production joined by a classic musical that earned numerous Tony Awards in 1991. This adapted version heads to the West End under the direction of Rupert Hands and will be suitable for younger audiences.
The Secret Garden by Marsha Norman and Lucy Simon is based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett and was first seen in the United States at the end of the 1980s before its Broadway premiere in 1991. Various well known names took on lead roles and it went on to find success at locations worldwide.
It tells the story of Mary Lennox, a young girl who finds herself living with her uncle in Yorkshire at the beginning of the 20th century. She has been raised in the British Raj and, now orphaned, must find a new life amongst family members with whom she has no connection. But her life takes a positive turn when a secret garden is brought to her attention and a story of hope us unveiled as new projects give her and her family a lease of life.
In addition to The Secret Garden, which is also set to appear at other venues across the country, Rupert Hands has also been behind the likes of The Whites Slaves Of Barbary at the St James Studio and has worked in Associate and Assistant Director roles to some big names in the capital. He has worked with people like Jamie Lloyd, Lucy Bailey, Greg Doran and Terry Hands, to name but a few.
But this version of The Secret Garden is likely to be his most talked-about work yet as it provides a gripping tale for those above the age of 16, which will undoubtedly play well to younger audiences during the summer months.
The production is set to play at the Ambassadors Theatre in 2016 with Stomp also continuing at the venue. The latter is currently booking to Sunday 8th January 2017.