REVIEW: Gangsta Granny - Billingham Forum Theatre

Comedian David Walliams' best-selling children's novel is brilliantly brought to life in this uproarious stage version.

Thursday, 2nd March 2017, 11:43 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 9:41 am
Birmingham Stage Company presents Gangsta Granny by David Walliams. Picture by Mark Douet

As the story goes, 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 “so 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!

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This Birmingham Stage Company presentation comes from the acclaimed producers of Horrible Histories, and is just as good.

I was accompanied by my five-year-old son Frankie, who thoroughly enjoyed the cheeky, silly and laugh-out-loud show.

Ashley Cousins is a delight as ‘Little Benny’ and utterly believable as an 11-year-old schoolboy, but it’s Gangsta Granny herself, played by Gilly Tompkins, who really steals the show.

The relationship between the pair blossoms as increasingly wide-eyed Ben learns of all of Granny’s exploits.

They plot a daring raid on the Crown Jewels which ends up with an unexpected and hilarious meeting with The Queen.

The show is a delight and makes for great entertainment for little ‘uns and mums and dads too. Don’t miss it !

Gangsta Granny continues at the Forum Theatre this week until Sunday, March 5.