Updated: Jul 1, 2022
A guaranteed fun packed show, clever story telling and with an amazing cast - this is a wonderful, cabbage infused romp for kids and grown-ups alike.
Ben, a curious boy, hates having to stay with his old Granny every Friday because his parents go to see a dancing show named "Strictly Stars Dancing". He finds it boring and repetitive as his Granny always feeds him cabbage-related dishes, most commonly cabbage soup and cabbage chocolate, and they are constantly playing Scrabble, plus her television hasn't been working since the 1990s. One particularly boring evening Ben phones his parents asking them to come and collect him early, sadly Granny hears this and as one would expect, is most hurt, especially as to her, Fridays with Ben are her favourite time of the week.
Little does Ben know, but his seemingly quiet, old and frankly boring Granny actually has a few secrets, a dangerous past and a hobby far removed from knitting and baking. Stumbling across a biscuit tin which feels much heavier than a few hob nobs, he soon realises there's a lot more to Granny but what does he do? Confront her or try and follow her. Very soon the two of them find they have a lot more in common than they believed and so ensues some brilliant, madcap adventures.
This is another hilarious story from David Walliams following on from the recent tours of Billionaire Boy and Awful Auntie. Wonderfully adapted for stage by Birmingham Stage Company (who are also behind the Horrible Histories stage shows), and starring
Isabel Ford – Granny
Justin Davies – Ben
Jason Furnival – Dad & Mr Parker
Jess Nesling – Mum & Queen
Paul Duckworth – Doctor & Policeman
Irfan Damani – Raj & Flavio
this packs all the BSC hallmarks of excellence; perfect cast, ingenious set design, crazy choreography and tonnes of laughs. My granddaughter loved Billionaire Boy and was very excited about seeing Gangsta Granny - she says this one was even better, possibly because of the story but I think it has more to do with the 'cabbage infused' bodily functions.
Another great program by John Good Ltd, packed with puzzles, activities and more jokes and laughs, it is the best accompaniment to a wonderful evening.
Opening on 30th June and running until Sunday 3rd July with morning and matinee shows as well as evenings, there's lots of opportunity to see this West End production.
Tickets available from https://www.darlingtonhippodrome.co.uk/whats-on/Gangsta-Granny