The Secret Garden, live!

25th May 2023

We are delighted to announce that we are collaborating with Malton-based theatre company Be Amazing Arts this May with a series of promenade performances of The Secret Garden.

The house has been in the Willoughby family for over 300 years. Private tours, concerts organised by the Ryedale Festival and film companies have also been welcomed to the house since 2018. But, this is the first time we will host live theatre.

Be Amazing Arts was launched in 2019 by James Aconley with Roxanna Klimaszewska as Creative Director and Natalie Aconley as Operations Director  The trio are based in Malton and run a youth theatre and a number of creative workshops as well as producing theatre.

We love working with Be Amazing Arts. The Secret Garden lends itself so well to Birdsall too. The gardens here were designed by Thomas Knowlton, a student of Capability Brown. We have found the perfect people to collaborate with for our first venture into theatre and now we’re looking forward to welcoming you here over the Spring half-term.

gardens at Birdsall House

Said James Aconley, Producer:

“We’re really excited to be heading to Birdsall this Spring to bring our telling of The Secret Garden to life. This is a production that will allow audiences to see the grounds of the historic house. It promises to be enthralling and fun in equal measure.”

We will also be running a cafe from our dining room during the week for theatre-goers. There will be hot drinks, cakes and brownies on offer. Not only that, but Kemps General Store will be hosting a pop-up shop too!

Shows run from 30 May to 4 June (no performances on 3rd June) at various times. The Secret Garden theatre tickets are £18. To book, head to the Be Amazing Arts website.

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