Walliams and BSC to tour Awful Auntie

Published: 5 April 2024
Reporter: Steve Orme

Richard James (Aunt Alberta) and Georgina Leonidas (Stella Saxby) in the 2018 version of Awful Auntie

Author David Walliams and Birmingham Stage Company have teamed up for a new production of the family adventure Awful Auntie which will tour theatres across the UK until December 2024.

This is their latest collaboration, with previous shows including the Oliver Award-nominated Gangsta Granny and Billionaire Boy which both took to the stage in 2022.

Awful Auntie involves Stella setting off to visit London with her parents. But she has no idea her life is in danger. When she wakes up three months later, only her Aunt Alberta can tell her what has happened. But not everything Alberta tells her turns out to be true and Stella quickly discovers she is in for the fight of her life against her very own awful auntie.

Walliams said, “the BSC’s live shows of my books are always brilliant. I can’t wait for the fun to begin again—it’s going to be a hoot!”

Birmingham Stage Company manager Neal Foster who is the adapter and director of Awful Auntie is for the first time appearing in the title role. This is his latest adaptation; he previously adapted Gangsta Granny, Billionaire Boy and Demon Dentist.

Richard J Hinds is assistant director and movement director of Awful Auntie, which is suitable for children aged five and above. Designer is Jackie Trousdale, lighting is by Jason Taylor, sound is by Nick Sagar and music is by Jak Poore.

Walliams will attend the press performance of Awful Auntie at London’s Richmond Theatre on Thursday 9 May. It will run at the venue until Sunday 12 May.

It will then tour to The Capitol, Horsham; Lighthouse, Poole; Wolverhampton Grand Theatre; Sunderland Empire; New Theatre, Cardiff; Opera House, Manchester; Grand Opera House, Belfast; Richmond Theatre; Venue Cymru, Llandudno; The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford; Cambridge Arts Theatre; King's Theatre, Glasgow; Liverpool Empire; Theatre Royal, Nottingham; Hall for Cornwall, Truro; New Victoria Theatre, Woking; Darlington Hippodrome; Hull New Theatre; Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham; Gaiety Theatre, Dublin; Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury; Grand Opera House, York; Theatre Royal, Brighton; Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham; Milton Keynes Theatre; New Wimbledon Theatre; and MAST, Southampton until 30 November.

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