Review: The Secret Garden, at Birmingham Rep
The secret is out and the last show before The Rep closes for two years for a refurbishment is a treat for all the family.
For adults who grew up with Frances Hodgson Burnett’s novel, The Secret Garden is a beautiful walk down memory lane. And for children new to the story it is a discovery.
Amy Lennox is superb as the young orphan Mary Lennox. She is hateful and horrible to begin with but she develops into a loving and caring child as the garden opens its secrets to her.
She has ample support from Thomas Aldridge as her ever cheerful friend Dickon and James Gillan as the sickly boy Colin whose struggle to stand up for himself in all meanings of the word wins over the audience.
In fact, the entire cast are more than convincing and a special mention goes to Evelyn Hoskins as the down-to-earth servant Martha. Her incredibly rapid rendition of a skipping song prompted its own round of applause.
Directed by Ian Brown and designed by Ruari Murchison, the sets are magical.
The music, directed by Dan Jackson, is a perfect fit, taking the story forward rather than just being a few songs.
The Secret Garden is a delight and a fitting conclusion to the current Rep’s season.
*Until January 8.