Birmingham Stage Company's Production Of David Walliams' AWFUL AUNTIE To Open At Bloomsbury Theatre After Its Major Renovation

Birmingham Stage Company's Production Of David Walliams' AWFUL AUNTIE To Open At Bloomsbury Theatre After Its Major RenovationFresh from a fifteen month UK tour Birmingham Stage Company today announces a London run for David Walliams' Awful Auntie - opening the Bloomsbury Theatre following the venue's major renovation. Adapted and directed by Neal Foster the production opens on 12 December and runs until 5 January.

When Stella sets off to visit London with her parents, Lord and Lady Saxby, she has no idea her life is in danger! Waking up three months later, only her Aunt Alberta can tell Stella what has happened. But not everything 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!

Awful Auntie was published by HarperCollins Children's Books in September 2014 and has sold over 1.2 million copies. It has helped to make Walliams the country's best-selling children's author.

David Walliams is a phenomenon in the world of children's books. Since the publication of his first novel, The Boy in the Dress (2008), he has seen ten years of unprecedented growth. With a canon of ten chartbusting novels, three short story collections and five hilarious picture books, Walliams has cemented his place as one of the most important children's authors of our time. Three of his books have been awarded Children's Book of the Year at the National Book Awards. Additionally, The Boy in the Dress, Ratburger, Mr Stink, Grandpa's Great Escape and Gangsta Granny have all been adapted for TV. As well as being a bestselling children's author, Walliams is one of Britain's most popular writers and comic actors. Along with Matt Lucas, he created the BAFTA award-winning Little Britain which also played to over 1 million people on tour across the UK, Ireland and Australia. He starred in the Agatha Christie TV series Partners in Crime and as Frankie Howerd in the biopic Rather You Than Me. He is also a judge on one of the biggest shows on television, Britain's Got Talent.

Neal Foster is the adapter and director of the show. He is the Actor/Manager of Birmingham Stage Company which since its foundation in 1992 has staged over eighty productions. The company has become one of the world's leading producers of theatre for children and their families, including Horrible Histories Live on Stage for thirteen years in the UK, Dubai, Qatar, Bahrain, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand and Australia. Foster has written and directed all of the most recent Horrible Histories shows including Barmy Britain - Parts One, Two and Three (Garrick Theatre, Apollo Theatre and Sydney Opera House); Groovy Greeks and Incredible Invaders for a national tour and Wicked Warwick at Warwick Castle. Barmy Britain Part Four debuts at the Apollo Theatre in August. His first fictional adaptation was Gangsta Granny, which returns to the West End for a limited run at the Harold Pinter Theatre in August .

Leading the company in the role of Awful Auntie is Richard James (Aunt Alberta), Roberta Bellekom (Wagner), Ashley Cousins (Soot), Harry Sutherland (Gibbon) and Georgina Leonidas (Stella). Awful Auntie is adapted and directed by Neal Foster, designed by Jackie Trousdale, with lighting by Jason Taylor, sound by Nick Sagar and music by Jak Poore.

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