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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 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 (The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk, Brief Encounter and Wise Children), this is a show for girls, boys and all us grown-up children who still dream of midnight feasts and Cornish clifftops. 

Duration: 2 hours

  • Tue 1 Oct 7:30 PM £30.00/£21.00/£15.00/£10.00
  • Wed 2 Oct 7:30 PM Captioned

    Captioned performances are excellent for people who are deaf, deafened and hard of hearing. In these performances, the text of the performance is displayed above and to the side of the stage. They may also be of interest for those whose first language isn’t English and for anyone who finds it helpful to follow the text during a show.

  • Thu 3 Oct 2:30 PM £30.00/£21.00/£15.00/£10.00
  • Thu 3 Oct 7:30 PM £30.00/£21.00/£15.00/£10.00
  • Fri 4 Oct 7:30 PM £30.00/£21.00/£15.00/£10.00
  • Sat 5 Oct 2:30 PM Audio Described

    Audio described performances are designed for blind or partially sighted audience members. Via headphones, a live narrator describes the action in the pauses between the onstage dialogue.  Touch tours accompany audio described performances

  • Sat 5 Oct 7:30 PM £30.00/£21.00/£15.00/£10.00

Wise Children creates landmark work with exceptional artists, discovers the creative spaces of the future and their School for Wise Children trains the next generation of creative practitioners. Wise Children are back at Oxford Playhouse this October with Malory Towers and are teaming up with Oxford Playhouse and The North Wall to offer an afternoon workshop: The School for Wise Children Taster Session.

Imagine humour, mayhem, music and a little bit of magic and you will start to understand the Wise Children method of creating theatre. We're working in partnership with The School for Wise Children to offer you the chance to experience and explore the Wise Children way of working.

On Friday 4th October, from 12pm-7pm, participants will work with the Associate Director and Performer Stephanie Hockley from Malory Towers to create a scene. Actors, singers, musicians and theatre-makers are invited to apply: you don't need any previous experience, but you do need to be a confident performer.

The School for Wise Children is searching for emerging performers and theatre-makers who will benefit the most from their courses. They've put together some questions to help them get to know you - you don't need to write a lot, just give a little snapshot of your talent! They are also actively looking for performers from diverse backgrounds, who are differently abled and who may not be able to afford traditional training. If this is you please let them know in the 'tell us more' section.

To apply, fill in this application form  by Friday 20th September.
Successful applicants will be informed about whether they have a place w/c Monday 23rd September.

The workshop will take place in the Top Room at Oxford Playhouse.

Please note the Top Room is not accessible in a wheelchair.


Book Tickets

  • Tue 1 October 7:30 PM
  • Wed 2 October 7:30 PM
  • Thu 3 October 2:30 PM
  • Thu 3 October 7:30 PM
  • Fri 4 October 7:30 PM
  • Sat 5 October 2:30 PM
  • Sat 5 October 7:30 PM

Wise Children presents


Based on the novels by Enid Blyton

Adapted and directed by Emma Rice

Co-produced by York Theatre Royal in association with Bristol Old Vic

Pianist & Musical Director: Stephanie Hockley 


This performance is sponsored by:


Performances contain strobe, flashing lights and loud bangs.

Show contains references to mental health and suicide.

  • Emotional and evocative. Stuffed full of inventions and enchantment. It is magic.
    The Guardian
  • It revels in the power and potential of young women - and that makes you want to cheer
    The Times
  • Malory Towers is a play that speaks very directly to the young people. Showing them the power and possibility they wield.
    What's On Stage

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