Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Preview: David Walliams’ Awful Auntie at Sunderland Empire

The UK’s best-selling children’s paperback of
2016 comes to the Sunderland Empire stage in 2018!

David Walliams’ Awful Auntie
Sunderland Empire
Thursday 28th June – Sunday 1st July 2018

The Birmingham Stage Company are delighted to announce that the world premiere of David Walliams’ Awful Auntie will open at The Capitol Theatre in Horsham this September prior to an eighteen-month UK tour, with a date at Sunderland Empire from Thursday 28th June – Sunday 1st July 2018.

Awful Auntie follows the BSC’s record-breaking tour of David Walliams’ Gangsta Granny which recently had a triumphant run at Sunderland Empire as part of a fifty-week tour of the UK. Following its current tour Gangsta Granny will transfer to the West End for a summer season at The Garrick from 26 July to 3 September.

David Walliams said: "The Birmingham Stage Company's Gangsta Granny is truly brilliant, so I’m hugely excited that they’re now bringing Awful Auntie to the stage. It promises to be a thrilling show and a total hoot - Wagnar the owl and I can’t wait to see it!”

Awful Auntie was published in September 2014 and went to No.1 in the children’s book chart for seven weeks. The paperback was published in February 2016 and sold 212,000 copies, making it the best-selling children’s paperback of the year. Combined sales of the hardback and paperback have reached over a million copies. It has helped to make Walliams one of the country’s best-selling children’s authors, with four of his books charting in the 2016 children’s top ten. They have also been translated into over 50 languages, bringing worldwide sales to 16.7 million.

Walliams began his publishing career at Harper Collins in 2008 with his debut novel The Boy in the Dress. Since then he has written nine more books plus five picture books. Three of his books have won National Children’s Book Awards.

Awful Auntie tells the story of Stella, who when she sets off to visit London with her parents has no idea her life is in danger. Waking up from a coma three months later, only her Aunt Alberta can tell Stella what has happened. But not everything Aunt Alberta tells her turns out to be true and Stella quickly discovers she’s in for the fight of her life against her very own awful Auntie. David Williams’ amazing tale of frights, fights and friendship features a very large owl, a very small ghost and a very awful Auntie!

Awful Auntie will mark the Birmingham Stage Company’s 25th anniversary. Starting life at The Old Rep Theatre in Birmingham, the company’s productions now regularly visit Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Dubai and Singapore. For twelve years they have produced all the Horrible Histories stage shows which now regularly feature in the West End.

Families around the country will not want to miss Awful Auntie, which promises to be awfully thrilling fun for everyone over 5!

Twitter @_AwfulAuntie

Tickets now on sale to ATG Theatre Card and are on general sale from 10am, Friday 2 June.

Tickets available from the Box Office on High Street West, via the ticket centre 0844 871 3022* or *calls cost up to 7p per minute plus standard network charges. Booking and transaction fees may apply to telephone and online bookings.

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