Co-produced with 5th avenue theatre
In this exciting pre-Broadway revival of The Secret Garden, TUTS joins forces with Seattle's very own 5th Avenue Theatre in a stunning new co-production! Based on the haunting 1911 coming of age novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, the show first premiered in 1991, adapted by by Marsha Norman, where it ran on Broadway for over 700 performances. It won the female lead, Daisy Eagan a Tony Award for her performance, making her the youngest recipient of the award at the time.
Mistress Mary, quite contrary...
Mary Lennox has lived a privileged, yet lonely existence in British Raj India with her vain and selfish parents. More concerned with their social engagements, they leave her in the care of an elderly Indian ayah, who bows to the whims of the spoiled youngster. However, her life is turned upside down when the compound is overrun with cholera, killing everybody but her. She is sent to her next-of-kin, a mysterious uncle in Yorkshire, who has become a recluse following the death of his wife in childbirth, some 13 years before.
Struggling to accustom to the no-nonsense attitude of the servants and the cold, wet weather, she explores the estate's huge grounds, and comes across an old brass key - this unlocks a hidden and overgrown walled garden, whereapon she takes it upon herself to care for, unknown by anybody. She meets Dicken, a friendly young gardener who helps her; however something is haunting the halls of the mansion.With a new book and lyrics by the Pulitzer Prize-winner Marsha Norman and music by Lucy Simon, be transported to the wilds of Yorkshire, and rediscover love, nature and family with your loved ones.
That something is her shut-in cousin Colin, who has all but been abandoned by his absent father for being sickly, and reminding him of his late wife. Together with Dicken, she befriends Colin, helps him regain his strength and overcome his bitterness. As the garden blooms, so do Mary and Colin in their happiness- but can they convince his father and the austere housekeeper that the garden can bring them together as a family?