Filming day for The Secret Garden

A wonderful sunny shoot

Last week we took a trip to The Laskett Gardens to film a trailer and take photos for our upcoming in-house production of The Secret Garden. We worked with film maker and photographer Kie Cummings, and models Ellie, Finn and Laura. The venue was beautiful, filled with luscious green lawns and flowers, and the sun paid a visit for the majority of the day!


An image of a garden in the sun A girl in period dress standing looking at flowers. A man is filming her on a video camera. A woman standing with her back to the camera dressed in all black. She stands under a wooden archway.


We started the day filming inside the The Laskett house, enjoyed a delicious lunch with the cast, crew, and venue staff, and then spent the afternoon filming throughout the acres of gardens.

The Laskett Gardens

The Laskett Gardens, up until earlier on this century, was one of England’s most hidden and private gardens. Private it still remains but now it is shared more widely than ever before with visitors coming from all over the world to see one of the most remarkable and inspirational gardens in England. The Laskett, set in the idyllic countryside of Herefordshire on the Welsh borders, are the creation of Sir Roy Strong CH and his late wife Julia Trevelyan Oman CBE. The gardens – created from a bare field – were begun in 1974 and have continued to evolve ever since. (

Photo gallery

Here’s what we got up to…

An image of a young man and woman sitting on the grass smiling A garden path in the sun A garden with an ornament in the middle in the sunshine


A close up of a man taking a photo of a girl standing in a garden A girl standing in a field. A film maker and camera man film her looking at the flowers. Two people stand in front of a gate. A camera man is setting up a camera in front of them.

The trailer will be launching at the end of this month, so keep an eye on our socials!


We had three wonderful evenings of auditions for The Secret Garden, and the director, David Durant, has said the calibre was extremely high. With over 60 people auditioning, it was great to see so much interest! Full casting for our upcoming pro-am will be revealed on social media shortly.

The Secret Garden

Journey through the door of a forgotten world where magic and wonder thrive in unexpected places. Experience the captivating production of The Secret Garden like never before as this beloved classic novel is reimagined and brought to life on The Courtyard stage. The timeless characters will take centre stage as we explore the mysteries and miracles of this spectacular production.

The Secret Garden will be on at The Courtyard from Tuesday 3 – Saturday 7 October 2023.

You can book tickets to The Secret Garden here

Visit Kie’s website here