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Emma Rice’s musical adaptation of Malory Towers currently in rehearsals at Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake

L-R: Stephanie Hockley on piano. Standing: Katy Ellis, Georgia Bruce, Bobbie Little, Mirabelle Gremaud. Kneeling/sitting: Naomi Morris, Rosie Abraham, Alice Vilanculo, Alison Arnopp. Photograph by Steven Barber.

The eagerly awaited spring family musical of Malory Towers is currently in rehearsals at Theatre by the Lake, where it will play in the Main House from 27 March to 18 April, before embarking on a national tour, concluding at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall.

TBTL is presenting the Wise Children production alongside David Pugh, the Olivier and Tony Award-winning producer who worked with TBTL on 2019’s sell-out show Educating Rita. The show is directed by Emma Rice, who adapted the musical from the much loved Malory Towers stories by Enid Blyton.

Nostalgic, naughty and perfect for now, Malory Towers is a musical of high jinks, high drama and high spirits.

Darrell Rivers is starting school with an eager mind, a fierce heart and a quick temper. Can she learn to tolerate the infuriating Gwendoline Lacy? Can she rescue terrified Mary Lou from the grip of a raging storm? And who is the mysterious Wilhelmina whose bed lies empty at the start of term?

Malory Towers is the original ‘Girl Power’ story, reimagined for the 21st Century and set to sensational live music and breath-taking animation. A glorious celebration of friendship and finding yourself, this is a show for girls, boys and all us grown up children who remember the joys – and pains – of growing up.

The production runs at Theatre by the Lake’s Main House from 27 March to 18 April. To find out more or to book tickets please visit or call the Box Office on 017687 74411.

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