The Secret Garden 2017

The Lyric Hammersmith, 30th - 31st May 2017

Beautifully staged and narrated to bring alive the imagination of younger audiences, this is LCB's first one-act ballet. Packed with action, humour and beautiful dancing from an exceptionally talented all-child cast, it is the perfect ballet for boys and girls alike.

Performances & Booking

Tuesday 30th May: 10.30am | 2.30pm | 6pm

Wednesday 31st May: 2.30pm | 4.30pm

Running time: 40 minutes

Tickets on release from March 2017. To book, visit or call 020 8741 6850.

The Story

‘When Mary Lennox was sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle, everybody said she was the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen... She had a little thin face and a little thin body, thin light hair and a sour expression.’

Mary Lennox, the heroine of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic, The Secret Garden, has always been a great favourite of young readers. The ballet opens in colonial India.   Life under the British Raj is colourful and luxurious, filled with parties and servants.  Mary’s elegant young mother is far too vain to pay attention to her rather plain daughter. Then suddenly, both Mary’s mother and father succumb to a cholera epidemic and Mary is left an orphan. She is sent to England, to Yorkshire, to live with her reclusive Uncle.

The blunt ways of this English household are an unpleasant shock for Mary, but the household servants persist in trying to cheer her up.  Meanwhile, mystery surrounds the great house with wailing in the night, whispering in the corridors and finally the rumours of a forbidden locked secret garden.  With the help of a cheeky robin, Mary finds the secret garden. A magical friendship forms, and Mary blossoms with the trees and flowers as the warm weather turns the Secret Garden into a small paradise in the midst of the bleak Yorkshire landscape.