Preview: Gangsta Granny, King’s Theatre

Ahead of its run in London’s West End next year, the stage adaption of David Walliams’ hit children’s novel Gangsta Granny is set to open at Edinburgh’s King’s Theatre this evening.

The show, based on Walliams’ fictional book, follows the tale of a young boy who hates having to stay with his Granny every week as he finds her boring – until he discovers she has a hilarious secret! The pair then embark on a fun and unlikely Friday night adventure together.

The world premiere of the stage adaption of Gangsta Granny took place at Birmingham New Alexander Theatre in December 2015, with Walliams describing it as “Superb and so much better than the book!”

It has been produced by Birmingham Stage Company, the group behind the successful Horrible Histories: Live on Stage tours.

Comedian David Walliams, star of Little Britain and popular judge on Britain’s Got Talent, began his publishing career at Harper Collins in early 2008 with the release of his debut novel, The Boy in the Dress.

Gangsta Granny, which was nominated for both The Red House Children’s Book Award and the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, was first published in 2011. It has since become a number one bestseller, been translated into 30 different languages and was adapted to a TV movie for Christmas 2013. The film featured an all-star cast including Walliams himself, Joanna Lumley, Miranda Hart, Robbie Williams and Reece Buttery.

The touring show, which is recommended for those aged 5+, has been directed and adapted for the stage by Neal Foster. The cast will feature newcomer Ashley Cousins as Ben and Gilly Tompkins as his Granny. It will open at London’s Garrick Theatre in July and is expected to run until September 2017.

Gangsta Granny, King’s Theatre, Leven Street, Edinburgh, Wednesday 5 – Sunday 9 October, 7.30pm (matinee performances on selected dates), 0131-529 6000

Words: Amy Anderson




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