The Tony Award-winning musical The Secret Garden, featuring music and lyrics by Lucy Simon and book by Marsha Norman, is returning to the West End, in a 75-minute version specially adapted to be performed by young people.
It will begin performances July 27 for a six-week run of evening, morning and matinee performances through August 31, playing alongside the theatre's main tenant, Stomp. An official opening has been set for August 3.
It is being produced by Matthew Chandler and Stephan Garcia for P2P Productions, who last year staged a junior version of Annie at London's Arts Theatre. In a press statement, Chandler commented, "This is the European premiere of a new version of The Secret Garden, specially adapted to be performed with just 4 adult actors and 20 children. We have 21 teams of child actors who will perform in rotation throughout the season. It is a fantastic opportunity for all the youngsters involved."
More than 2,000 children have auditioned for The Secret Garden, and 300 youngsters will be cast in the show.
The production is directed by Rupert Hands, with musical direction by Richard Baker, choreography by Jamie Neale and costume and set design by Lizzy Leech.
To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7395 5405 or visit theambassadorstheatre.co.uk.