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Walliams tale promises to be a hoot

Awful Auntie, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Feb 20-24.

The actor and comedian David Walliams is now indisputably one of the country's leading children's writers, and the latest in a string of his best-sellers to be adapted for the stage has top billing at the Belgrade this coming half term.

Awful Auntie, the tale of the hapless Stella Saxby, spirited away from her parents into the "care" of her sinister Aunt Alberta, is being brought to young Coventry audiences by the Birmingham Stage Company, the team responsible for the acclaimed Gangsta Granny show a while back.

Featuring a very large owl named Wagner, a very small ghost and an Auntie who turns out to be really Awful, this laugh-out loud story of fights, frights and friendship promises to be a hoot for all the family, over the age of five.

Awful Auntie was Britain's best-selling children's book in 2016 and Birmingham Stage Company founder and director Neal Foster believes it's a natural for the stage.

He said: "I adored the book when I read it and fell totally in love with Stella, the young heroine of the story. I knew instantly it would make a fabulous theatre show because it is such a thrilling and gripping story that is very unusual for a children's book."

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