Preview: Gangsta Granny

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


This article is from 2016.

Kids preview: Gangsta Granny

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

This article is from 2016.

Gangsta Granny

  • Written by: David Walliams

The world premiere performance 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).

Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells

Wed 21 Jun

£10–£14.50 / 01892 530613

Thu 22 Jun

£10–£14.50 / 01892 530613

Fri 23 Jun

£10–£14.50 / 01892 530613

…and 2 more dates until 25 Jun

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Wed 17 May


Thu 18 May


Fri 19 May


…and 2 more dates until 21 May

Bristol Hippodrome

Wed 31 May

£19–£26.75 / 0844 847 2325

Thu 1 Jun

£19–£26.75 / 0844 847 2325

Fri 2 Jun

£19–£26.75 / 0844 847 2325

Sat 3 Jun

£19–£26.75 / 0844 847 2325

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