Gangsta Granny, Garrick Theatre, London

Gangsta Granny review round-up

David Walliams’ Gangsta Granny opens to rave reviews at the Garrick Theatre.

The stage adaptation of David Walliams much loved children’s book by Horrible Histories maestro Neal Foster hits all the right notes as it arrives in the West End.

Now firmly established in children’s literature, Walliams stories are witty, inventive, eccentric and full of heart.

Gangsta Granny, possibly his best to date, appeals to young and old, and their growing sense of neglect. As Ben and his Granny, two outsiders join forces to conduct the ultimate heist, Neal Foster fills every second with ballroom dancing, dazzling re-enactments, loony puppet shows and a gangsta rap to boot.

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Gangsta Granny is welcome addition to the growing number of summer-time family show.

Read our round-up of reviews below.

Gangsta Granny runs until 3 September 2017 at the Garrick Theatre.

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'Even if the story now packs few surprises, it is a welcome addition to the growing roster of summer-time family shows.' 'The secret of its success is simple: it appeals simultaneously to the kinship between the young and old and their shared sense of neglect.' 'the prime virtue of the story lies in its good nature and a gentle comedy that has Ben and his gran dressed in diving gear careering down a motorway on a mobility scooter.' Michael Billington, The Guardian

'David Walliams.... writes proper children’s stories: witty, eccentric, brimming with ideas and full of heart. 'Gangsta Granny' is one of his very best and this stage adaptation, helmed by 'Horrible Histories' maestro Neal Foster, is as sparkly as a 'Strictly' costume and properly moving to boot.' 'It’s all seriously silly fun and rather bonkers in a very British way (fart jokes and puns abound and even the Queen gets in on the action).' 'Jacqueline Trousdale’s set spills over with bright colours, tinsel and sumptuous detail. Beds spring out from walls and Granny’s chintz-filled home bursts out of a box. This is a stage full of hidden worlds and secrets, where nothing is quite as it seems.' Miriam Gillinson, TimeOut

'This is tear-jerking stuff. In a good way, although be ready for an educational chat with your child afterwards about why we value the elderly.' 'Gilly Tompkins and a disconcertingly youthful Ashley Cousins have just the right heartwarming chemistry as Granny and young Ben, Tompkins letting off a series of cabbage-influenced farts at just the right moment.' 'There are a few stretches of plot. Ben’s parents are obsessive ballroom dancers, which is mainly an excuse for entertaining dance interludes at every scene change.' Kate Maltby, The Times

Date: 3 August 2017
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