By Andrew Liddle in The Yorkshire Times.
York Theatre Royal have a winner here for the next month with a magical summer show they have imported from the Theatre by the Lake, Keswick.
Jessica Swale’s splendidly free adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s Edwardian classic children’s novel, A Secret Garden, directed by Liz Stevenson, is a delight for the senses, something really special which appeals to all ages in all ways.
Ella Dunlop is outstandingly natural as the ten-year-old Mary Lennox whose aristocratic time in India has come to an unexpectedly brutal end. The young orphan is sent to live with a reclusive uncle in Misselthwaite Manor, a dark and broody place with obligatory nocturnal howlings, on the Yorkshire Moors. Here she gradually loses her social prejudices and begins to enjoy life, discovering the power within herself and within nature. Helped, it seems, by powerful forces, she takes it upon herself to discover the legend of the secret garden. And while she’s at it, by sheer exuberance and force of personality, she somehow does wonders for her sickly cousin Colin (Steven Roberts) and his father, her Uncle Archibald (Chris Jack).
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