Gangsta Granny

Previewed 26 July 2017, Opened 1 August 2017, Closed 3 September 2017 at the Garrick Theatre
Returned 14 August 2018, Closed 26 August 2018 at the Harold Pinter Theatre

Birmingham Stage Company present the stage adaptation of David Walliams' acclaimed children's book Gangsta Granny in London for a strictly limited six week run - marking the culmination of a hugely successful 20 month regional tour

It's Friday night and Ben knows that means only one thing - staying with Granny! There will be cabbage soup, cabbage pie and cabbage cake and Ben knows one thing for sure - it's going to be sooooooooo boring! But what Ben doesn't know is that Granny has a secret - and Friday nights are about to get more exciting than he could ever imagine, as he embarks on the adventure of a lifetime with his very own Gangsta Granny!

The 2017 cast at the Garrick Theatre featured Gilly Tompkins as 'Granny' and Ashley Cousins as 'Ben', with Louise Bailey as 'Mum', Ben Martin as 'Dad', Umar Malik as 'Raj', Alison Fitzjohn as 'Matron', Richard James as 'Doctor', along with Louise Bailey and Aaron Thirara.

The 2018 cast at the Harold Pinter Theatre featured Louise Bailey as 'Granny' and Tom Cawte as 'Ben', with Jenny Gayner as 'Mum', Jason Furnival as 'Dad', Aosaf Afzal as 'Raj', Emma Matthews as 'Matron', Oliver Hume as 'Doctor', along with Danny Hendrix and Lauren Taylor.

Adapted for the stage by Neal Foster from the book by David Walliams. Directed by Neal Foster with choreographery by Paul Chantry and Rae Piper, designs by Jacqueline Trousdale, lighting by Jason Taylor, music by Jak Poore, sound by Nick Sagar and video by Nuru Rimington-Mkali.

Birmingham Stage Company's previous West End productions include the hugely successful stage adaptations of the Horrible Histories based on the books by Terry Deary and adapted for the stage by Neil Foster, most recently seen at the Apollo Theatre in August 2016.

"Totally grantastic... An extravagantly entertaining dramatisation based on David Walliams's best-selling children's novel, which tells the story of Ben and his catburgling granny as they try to steal the Crown Jewels with only a mobility scooter as a getaway vehicle." The Mail on Sunday

"From the Age UK advert in the programme, to the rattling buckets outside collecting for Age UK, the moral heart of this engaging family show beats loud and clear. David Walliams' popular children's novel may be full of fun, but it also sends a very clear message that ignoring older people is our loss as much as theirs... Just as Walliams himself discovered, when he got his grandma talking about the Blitz, Ben finds there's much more to his Granny than meets the eye. Not for nothing is Gangsta Granny Walliams' bestselling book, and Birmingham Stage Company has done a superb job of transferring it to the stage. Each location, from Granny's kitchen and Ben's bedroom, to the local shop and the Tower of London, is cleverly plucked from three large moving structures. The cast themselves doubling as stage managers, so even the scene changes are fun. There are plenty of laughs to be had here, especially when Granny and Ben climb onboard the mobility scooter; while the drama of the planned jewel heist keeps us more than hooked. But there's also a gentle and moving reminder about the importance of family, as Ben slowly learns to love his Granny 'more than anyone in the world', and actively look forward to his Friday nights with her." The Sunday Times

Gangsta Granny in London at the Garrick Theatre previewed from 26 July 2017, opened on 1 August 2017 and closed on 3 September 2017, returned to the Harold Pinter Theatre from 14 August 2018 to 26 August 2018.