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The Secret Garden to make West End return with 300 child stars

The musical will run at the Ambassador's Theatre alongside Stomp for six weeks
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Around 300 children are to star in a new production of The Secret Garden in the West End.

The musical, which received its UK premiere in 2000, will run at the Ambassadors Theatre for six weeks from July 27 to August 31 – with a press night on August 3.

Directed by Rupert Hands, the new production has been cut to 75 minutes in length to ensure the cast, which will feature 20 children and four adults each night, will be able to perform the musical.

Hands said he was looking forward to working “with such an exciting company of young actors”, after more than 2,000 children auditioned for the production.

“Giving young people the opportunity to work on great shows in great spaces is vital for the future of theatre,” he added.

Richard Baker will be musical director for the show, which has choreography by Jamie Neale and costumes by Lizzy Leech.

The Secret Garden is produced in the West End by Matthew Chandler and Stephan Garcia for P2P Productions, and will run at the Ambassadors Theatre alongside Stomp.