David Walliams’ Gangsta Granny Makes West End Debut

David Walliams’ best-selling children’s book, Gangsta Granny, will be making its West End debut this month.

Gangsta Granny is about Ben, a boy who stays with his granny every Friday night. He thought being with his granny would be boring until he discovers her thrilling secret.

The upcoming show will happen in time for Birmingham Stage Company’s 25th anniversary celebration. Following a UK tour, it will open at the Garrick Theatre on 26th July 2017. The production will then run through 3rd September.

Last year, Gangsta Granny received a nomination for the UK Theatre Award’s Best Show for Children and Young People.

Ashley Cousins play Ben while Gilly Tompkins plays the Gangsta Granny herself. Photo courtesy of Official Theatre.
Ashley Cousins play Ben while Gilly Tompkins plays the Gangsta Granny herself. Photo courtesy of Official Theatre.

About the cast and creative team of Gangsta Granny

Playing Granny herself is Eastenders star, Gilly Tompkins. After finishing her training at Bretton Hall College, she went on to star in various stage and TV productions. Some of her previous theatre credits include She Stoops to Conquer (Northern Broadsides), Brassed Off (York Theatre Royal/Octagon Theatre/Tour), and Beauty & the Beast – A Space Adventure (Stephen Joseph Theatre).

Ashley Cousins, who plays the lead character Ben, has just finished his A levels when he got the part in Gangsta Granny. But he actually began his acting career at a young age of 12 when he played Prince Talus in Medea (Scoop Ampitheatre, Morelondon). Subsequently, he landed another role as Tall Boy in the hit musical Billy Elliott the Musical (Victoria Palace Theatre).

Joining them are Rachel Stanley as Mum, Ben Martin as Dad, Devesh Kishore as Raj, Louise Bailey as the Queen, Liz Garland as the Matron, Richard James as the Doctor, and Sophie Gibbs and Matt Barkley as part of the ensemble.

The show is adapted for the stage and directed by Neal Foster. With him are designer Jackie Trousdale, lighting designer Jason Taylor, composer Jak Poore, and many more.

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