Watch Out! Gangsta Granny Heading to The New Brighton Floral

Posted on 22 March 2016
By Chris High
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Birmingham Stage Company, the acclaimed producers of HORRIBLE HISTORIES and GEORGE’S MARVELLOUS MEDICINE are bringing their world premiere of David Walliams’ GANGSTA GRANNY to The Floral Pavilion Theatre from 5 to 10 April prior to a West End run.Plus local teenager Hannah Bennet will be dancing a special solo in the show.

17 year old Hannah Bennet from Irby in the Wirral, a former pupil at West Kirby Grammer School, will be dancing a solo piece in Gangsta Granny at The Floral Pavilion. She is currently studying for a musical theatre BTEC at Elliott Clarke Performing Arts College, Liverpool and started dancing with Irby Dance Studio at the age of two. (Further biog info below)

Gangsta Granny author, David Walliams, who last week co-hosted BBC TV’s big Sports Relief show, is also one of the judges on the popular Britain’s Got Talent TV show and creator of the ground-breaking comedy series, Little Britain. But has a parallel career as the UK’s best-selling author for children!
He began his publishing career at Harper Collins in early 2008 with his debut novel The Boy in the Dress. Then, after writing two other popular stories, in 2011 he published Gangsta Granny, which was shortlisted for both The Red House Children’s Book Award and for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize.

At Christmas 2013 a TV version of Gangsta Granny was shown on BBC One with an all-star cast including David Walliams himself. Gangsta Granny went straight to number 1 in the children’s book charts and his books have been translated into no fewer than 30 languages.

David said at the first night of Gangsta Granny from the stage at Birmingham New Alexandra Theatre : “What a fantastic show! Superb! And so much better than the book!”.

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 cast includes: Ashley Cousins as Ben, Gilly Tompkins as Granny with Louise Bailey, Alison Fitzjohn, Laura Girling, Richard James, Umar Malik, Benedict Martin and Aaron Thiara. Gangsta Granny has been adapted for the stage by Neal Foster, who also directs. Design is by Jaqueline Trousdale, music by Jak Poore, sound design by Nick Sagar, choreography by Paul Chantry & Rae Piper and lighting by Jason Taylor.

Gangsta Granny is a must for all families as the show will be enjoyed by everyone from 5 to 105! Its both laugh out loud funny with some brilliant comic scenes but also has some very moving and truthful things to say about family relationships.

Book your tickets today on 0151 666 0000 or online at


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