And it comes as no surprise that many of
his children’s novels have made the seamless transition to the small screen,
met by glowing reviews from both critics and the more discerning CBBC viewer. But
the real marker of a successful
children’s writer? One whose wide-eyed enthusiasm and unfettered imagination
can keep an audience of under-11’s captivated in the theatre.
One of his most-loved books, Gangsta
Granny, first hit TV screens in 2013, but began touring theatres last year.
Performed and produced by masters of children’s theatre, the Birmingham Stage
Company, this collaboration captures the essence of family entertainment. When it first hit the stage in Birmingham, it was
credited with not taking itself too seriously and expertly grasping every
opportunity for a chuckle – even Walliams himself came on stage after the
encore to proclaim it “a fantastic show – it’s so much better than the book!”
The story follows 11-year-old Ben, who's sent to spend yet another boring Friday night with his boring gran when his parents go off to watch Strictly Stars Dancing (it's their favourite show). But Granny has a secret, and Fridays are about to get a whole lot more exciting as Ben and his gangsta granny embark on an adventure of a lifetime.
The stage adaptation comes comes to London's Garrick Theatre - just in time for the summer holidays.
|What||Gangsta Granny, Garrick Theatre|
2 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0HH | MAP
|Nearest tube||Leicester Square (underground)|
26 Jul 17 – 03 Sep 17, Show times vary
|Price||£23.50 – £47.50|
|Website||Click here to book...|