A new production of Emma Rice’s critically acclaimed musical adaptation of Enid Blyton’s Malory Towers, originally created with Wise Children, is set for a national tour, concluding at the Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, where it will play from 27 July to 31 August 2020 (press performances on 31 July, 1 and 2 August). This new production by Wise Children will be co-produced with Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, where the production will open on 27 March 2020.
This production will star Rosie Abraham as Sally Hope, Alison Arnopp as Gwendoline Lacey, Georgia Bruce as Bill Robinson, Mirabelle Gremaud as Irene Dupont, Bobbie Little as Alicia Johns, Naomi Morris as Mary Lou Atkinson and Alice Vilanculo as Darrell Rivers, with Katy Ellis and Stephanie Hockley.
Producer David Pugh, a massive advocate of theatre for all, said:
“This wonderful show should be available for as many people as possible. Tickets at the Southbank Centre range from just £15 to £49.50, but for everyone who books before 1 March, all children can go for half price.”
Darrell Rivers is starting school with an eager mind and 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, Malory Towers has set and costume design by Lez Brotherston, lighting by Malcolm Rippeth, sound and video by Simon Baker and original music by Ian Ross.
Rosie Abraham’s recent theatre credits include The Worst Witch (UK Tour and West End), Peter Pan Goes Wrong (UK Tour and West End), Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (UK Tour) and My Kingdom is a Horse (Rose Theatre).
Alison Arnopp’s theatre credits include Jeanie in Hair (50th Anniversary UK tour), Space Diva/Mrs Truthstretcher in Eugenius! (The Other Palace), The Tempest (RSC), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Donmar Warehouse), the title role in Dusty (Charing Cross Theatre), Bernstein’s Mass (Royal Festival Hall) and Tannhaüser (Royal Opera House). Arnopp has written and performed several cabaret and comedy shows.
Georgia Bruce has appeared as Robin in Robin Hood (Watermill Theatre) and Amy Poulter in Callisto: a queer epic (Arcola Theatre). Bruce’s writing and performing credits include BRUCE: just a pretty face (Edinburgh Fringe), Suddenly Last Summer (Oxford Playhouse) and The Oxford Revue: Hello You (Edinburgh Fringe).
Mirabelle Gremaud has worked for dance-theatre and circus companies in Switzerland and England and was cast in Emma Rice’s first production of her new company, as Young Nora in Wise Children (The Old Vic and UK tour) and played Irene in the original cast of Malory Towers.
Bobbie Little’s theatre credits include Liz in High Fidelity (Turbine Theatre), Kiss Me Kate (Sheffield Theatres), Little Shop of Horrors (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Rent (20th Anniversary UK tour), Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Hairspray (UK tour), Frieda in Carrie (Southwark Playhouse) and Ali in Mamma Mia! (Novello Theatre).
Naomi Morris’s theatre credits include Ellie in Wonderland (UK tour), May Tallentire in The Hired Man (The Other Palace) and Wendy Darling in Peter Pan (Lighthouse Poole).
Alice Vilanculo’s theatre credits include Rosmersholm (West End), E8 (Pleasance), for which she won the 2019 Edinburgh Stage Award for Outstanding Performance, To Kill A Mockingbird (Lyric Theatre) and Macbeth (West End).
Katy Ellis played Trixie Martin in the Guildford School of Acting’s production of Daisy Pulls It Off, which transferred to Charing Cross Theatre. Since graduating, her credits have included Betty Barley in The Scarecrows’ Wedding (UK tour) and Sister/Gregor in Metamorphosis (Tristan Bates Theatre).
Stephanie Hockley appeared in the original cast of Malory Towers for the Wise Children 2019 UK tour. Her other credits include Robin Hood (Watermill Theatre), Return to the Forbidden Planet (Upstairs at the Gatehouse), Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Rapunzel (all for Liverpool Everyman), Julius Caesar and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (both for Storyhouse, Chester) and Sleeping Beauty (Mercury Theatre, Colchester).