“‘Commissioning new work allows us to create productions that are fresh and inspiring for our audiences. I’m looking forward to working with the Circle members to see where this can go.’ ” - Owen Calvert-Lyons, Artistic Director

The Secret Garden

Aug – Sep 2022

Mary Lennox arrives at Missellthwaite Manor, a house on the edge of a moor, a house with a hundred rooms, nearly all shut up and with their doors locked, a house full of secrets. Her uncle, Mr Craven, keeps himself shut up in the West Wing; a man with his own secrets to keep. Mary hates this place. Until she meets Martha, Dickon and old Ben Weatherstaff, who teach her about the moors and the creatures who live there, and about a garden, a garden that remains locked. Mary starts to settle into life in her new home, until one night she hears the sound of a child crying. Does Missellthwaite Manor have one more secret to tell?

Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic tale of friendship is lovingly re-told by Nicola Werenowska with a cast of young people supported by a team of professional actors.


“A stunning success”

Suffolk News

“Pure magic”

East Anglian Daily Times


Director |  Owen Calvert-Lyons & David Whitney

Producing partners |  Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds