The cast of The Secret Garden are finally here, busy rehearsing in preparation for their opening night in two weeks' time. We can't wait to see this heart-warming tale brought to life on our stage – and our lead actor can barely contain her excitement either. We sat down with Natasha Cottriall, who plays the protagonist Mary Lennox, to find out more.
Tell us about the story and your character.
It's the story of a young girl called Mary who has been brought up in India. After losing her parents she is sent to live with her only surviving family member, Mr Craven at Misselthwaite manor. On discovering the existence of a secret garden she sets out on a mission to find it.
When we first meet Mary she is described as a 'sour little crab apple'; however she goes on quite a transformation as the play unfolds.
What is it like playing someone so young?
I love it! For me it's just about tapping into when I was her age, re-discovering that innocence and complete curiosity.
Did you read The Secret Garden as a child or watch the film?
I'm actually re reading the book now, but I used to love the film. I think I went through a phase of watching it every day in summer holidays. I so wanted to be Mary. I identified with her as I'm also an only child.
What are you looking forward to most about spending some time in the Lakes?
I mean from the minute I got here I fell completely in love with the place. I'm really excited to go on some big walks and have some adventures! So a bit like Mary really.
What about the show are you most excited for audiences to see?
I think the show is going to be completely magical. I'm excited for the audience to experience the Secret Garden changing and growing as it develops through the story - the audience will discover as Mary does.