Preview: Gangsta Granny

Kids preview: Gangsta Granny

David Walliams talks about his adventurous tale of a rebellious grandma, now a hit stage show

Underneath all the wild, sensational happenings in David Walliams' 2011 book, Gangsta Granny, lies a gentle message. A suggestion that older people may not be quite as tedious as the younger generation thinks – something Walliams himself found to be true as a child.

'I would spend lots of time with both my grandmas,' he recalls. 'Sometimes I would think it would be boring, but when I got them onto a subject like living in London during World War II, when bombs were raining down, they would become very animated and I would be enthralled.'

In Walliams' book, a young boy is forced to spend Friday night with his gran, a woman whose love of cabbage knows no bounds and is sure to be unbearably boring. Except, of course, she isn't and he ends up having the adventure of a lifetime.

'So the moral of the story is don't assume old people are boring just because they are old,' says Walliams. 'In fact, they're likely to have had a much more interesting life than yours, so talk to them and listen to their stories.'

Birmingham Stage Company, the people behind the hugely popular Horrible Histories theatre productions, have transferred Walliams' story from page to stage, and everyone – author included – thinks they've done a fine job of it.

'People seem to really like Gangsta Granny, it's my best-selling book by far, and it's a huge thrill seeing it have this whole new life on the stage,' says Walliams. 'There's a lot of action in it, especially when they try to steal the Crown Jewels, so it was quite a challenge for Birmingham Stage Company to bring those scenes to life. But they do it so well, I think it's a brilliant show – better than the book!'

King's Theatre, Glasgow, Wed 7–Sun 11 Sep; King's Theatre, Edinburgh, Wed 5–Sun 9 Oct

Gangsta Granny

  • Written by: David Walliams

A stage adaptation of David Walliams' Gangsta Granny book, about a Friday night with Granny that ends up being more exciting than expected. Presented by the Birmingham Stage Company (Horrible Histories).

The Harold Pinter Theatre, London SW1Y

Tue 14 Aug

£15–£65 / 0844 871 7622

Wed 15 Aug

£15–£65 / 0844 871 7622

Thu 16 Aug

£15–£65 / 0844 871 7622

…and 9 more dates until 26 Aug

Hull New Theatre

Thu 5 Jul

£19.50 (Children £16.50 under 16s) / 01482 300 300

  • 13:30
  • 19:00

Fri 6 Jul

£19.50 (Children £16.50 under 16s) / 01482 300 300

  • 10:30
  • 19:00

Sat 7 Jul

£19.50 (Children £16.50 under 16s) / 01482 300 300

  • 14:30

Sun 8 Jul

£19.50 (Children £16.50 under 16s) / 01482 300 300

  • 11:00

Sands Centre, Carlisle

Wed 27 Jun

£18.50; £20.50; £20.50 ( £68; £68; £68; Children £14.50 10.30am, under 14s; Children £15.50 under 14s; Children £15.50 under 14s) / 01228 633766

  • 13:30
  • 19:00

Thu 28 Jun

£18.50; £20.50; £20.50 ( £68; £68; £68; Children £14.50 10.30am, under 14s; Children £15.50 under 14s; Children £15.50 under 14s) / 01228 633766

  • 13:30
  • 19:00

Fri 29 Jun

£18.50; £20.50; £20.50 ( £68; £68; £68; Children £14.50 10.30am, under 14s; Children £15.50 under 14s; Children £15.50 under 14s) / 01228 633766

  • 10:30
  • 19:00

Sat 30 Jun

£18.50; £20.50; £20.50 ( £68; £68; £68; Children £14.50 10.30am, under 14s; Children £15.50 under 14s; Children £15.50 under 14s) / 01228 633766

  • 14:30
  • 19:00

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