Following the success of Wise Children’s inaugural adaptation of Angela Carter‘s novel of the same name, the company has announced its next chapter: another page-to-stager. Artistic director Emma Rice, currently appearing in Wise Children at Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre in its final week on tour, will adapt and direct Malory Towers, based on Enid Blyton’s classic children’s novels.
Malory Towers, co-produced by York Theatre Royal in association with Bristol Old Vic, will open on 25 July 2019 at The Passenger Shed in the Wise Children’s company’s home city of Bristol, before embarking on a tour to venues across the UK including Cambridge, York, Exeter, Manchester and Oxford.
The windows shone. A green creeper climbed almost to the roof. It looked like an old-time castle. My school! thought Darrell, and a little warm feeling came into her heart. How lucky I am to be going to Malory Towers!
Nostalgic, naughty and perfect for now, Malory Towers is the original ‘Girl Power’ story. Join Wise Children for high jinks, high drama and high spirits, all set to sensational live music and breathtaking animation.
Darrell Rivers is starting school with an eager mind and a fierce heart. Unfortunately, she also has a quick temper! Can she learn to tolerate the infuriating Gwendoline Lacey, or value the kind-hearted Sally Hope? Can she save the school play and rescue terrified Mary Lou from the grip of a raging storm? If she can do these things anywhere, she will do them at Malory Towers!
Adapted and directed by Emma Rice, this is a show for girls, boys, and all grown-up children who still dream of midnight feasts and Cornish clifftops.
Enid Blyton‘s original series of six novels were published between 1946 to 1951. In 2009, Pamela Cox wrote another series of six sequels. The stage is officially licensed by Enid Blyton Entertainment, a division of Hachette Children’s Group (HCG). Karen Lawler, Head of Licensed Content at HCG, commented:
“Enid Blyton created incredible female characters at Malory Towers: strong, capable and always, always kind. ‘Women the world can lean on,’ in Enid’s own words. We share Emma’s passion for these characters and we couldn’t be more excited to see Emma’s vision of Malory Towers come to life.”