ENID Blyton’s classic school stories about Malory Towers will be brought to the stage at York Theatre Royal in late summer.

The Wise Children theatre company will present acclaimed playwright and director Emma Wright’s adaptation of young schoolgirl Darrell Rivers’s adventures.

The play, to be staged from September 10-14, promises hijinks, high drama and high spirits, set to live music and breathtaking animation.

A spokesman said: “Nostalgic, naughty and perfect for now, Malory Towers is the original ‘Girl Power’ story.

“This is a show for girls, boys, and all us grown-up children who still dream of midnight feasts and Cornish clifftops.”

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!

The show is officially licensed by Enid Blyton Entertainment, a division of Hachette Children’s Group (HCG). Karen Lawler, head of licensed content at HCG, said: “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.”

Malory Towers is suitable for ages eight and above. Visit yorktheatreroyal.co.uk or call 01904 623568.