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Awful Auntie – Theatre Royal, Brighton

Writer: David Walliams Adapter and Director: Neal Foster Reviewer: Simon Topping What is immediately apparent about Birmingham Stage Company’s adaptation of David Walliams’ Children’s classic Awful Auntie is the beautifully crafted and atmospheric set.  Designed by Jacqueline Trousdale, four fabulous rotating turrets represent Saxby Hall, the family stately home where all the action takes place.  Used to perfection, these towers ...

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Awful Auntie – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Neal Foster adapted from the book by David Walliams Director: Neal Foster Reviewer: Niki Craft With David Walliams quickly climbing the ladder leading to the title of Britain’s most popular children’s author, it is no surprise that companies are flocking to work his books into theatrical productions. Having had staggering success with their first go at a Walliams adaption ...

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Gangsta Granny – The Grand, Leeds

Boy, older woman with puppet animals

Writer: David Walliams Adaptor and Director: Neal Forest Reviewer: Beverley Haigh Birmingham Stage Company, the team behind Horrible Histories have worked their magic again – although granted, turning David Walliams’ Gangsta Granny into a fun-filled adaptation for the stage is somewhat less of a challenge. The skill of the shows adaptor, Neal Foster shines through, as it transitions seamlessly from ...

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Horrible Histories: Horrible Christmas – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Terry Deary Director: Neal Foster  Reviewer: Matt Forrest The Horrible Histories juggernaut has been rolling along for some years now. Starting life as a series of children's books by actor/author Terry Deary published in 1993, the books were later turned into a TV series produced by CBBC from 2009 to the present day. Now in its sixth season and ...

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George’s Marvellous Medicine – New Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: Roald Dahl Adapted by: David Wood Director: Phil Clark Designer: Jacqueline Trousdale Reviewer: Emily Pearce At the short running time of an hour and 20 minutes, Phil Clark’s zany production of George’s Marvellous Medicine is an ideal half-term treat for children needing a little stimulation. For those that are fans of one of Roald Dahl’s best-loved revenge tales, the ...

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Gangsta Granny – Regent Theatre, Stoke on Trent

Gangsta Granny Production Image

Writer: David Walliams Adaptor and Director: Neal Foster Reviewer: Carol Lovatt David Walliams is a comic genius. Whether it involves writing comedy or acting himself, Walliams has talent in bucket loads. Famous for his role in creating Little Britain and Come Fly With Me with his co-writer Matt Lucas. Walliams has also proved himself as an award winning author of ...

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Horrible Histories: Incredible Invaders – The Lowry, Salford

Incredible Invaders

Based on the books by Terry Deary Director: Neal Foster Reviewer: Jay Nuttall   If we want Britain to be pure we’re 2000 years too late. This apt reminder of the fluidity of this country’s past is the subject matter of Birmingham Stage Company’s Incredible Invaders. Part of Terry Deary’s hugely successful Horrible Histories books (and hit CBBC sketch show) ...

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Horrible Histories: Groovy Greeks – The Lowry, Salford

Cast of Horrible Histories - The Groovy Greeks

Based on the books by Terry Deary Director: Neal Foster Reviewer: Jay Nuttall “Alright! Don’t make a song and dance about it!” one of the characters declares at one point in the show. For anyone who has lived under a Greek temple for the last decade, this is exactly what Horrible Histories is all about. As any parent will tell ...

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