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World Première coming to the Capitol this Autumn

The world of David Walliams’ Awful Auntie, the UK’s best-selling children’s paperback of 2016, will open at The Capitol in Horsham on Thursday 21 September and run until Sunday 24 September, prior to an eighteen month UK tour.

It follows the Birmingham Stage Company’s record-breaking tour of Walliams’ Gangsta Granny, which recently finished a sell-out fifty-week tour of the UK. This show will begin a new tour from 15 February and returns to The Capitol on 16 March, before it transfers to the West End for a summer season at The Garrick.

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 and I can’t wait to see it!”

First published in September 2014, by HarperCollins Children’s Books, Awful Auntie went to No.1 in the children’s book chart for seven weeks. The paperback was published last February and sold 212,000 copies, making it the best-selling children’s paperback of 2016. Combined sales of the hardback and paperback have reached 950,000 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.

Awful Auntie tells the story of Stella, who (when she set off to visit London with her parents) had no idea her life was 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 old car, a very large owl and a very small ghost.

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 and produced five picture books. Three of his works have won National Children’s Book Awards.

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 visit Australia, 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. Their sixth anniversary at The Garrick this summer will feature More Best of Barmy Britain.

Performances: 21-24 September, The Capitol Theatre, Horsham. Tickets: Available online: www.thecapitolhorsham.com or via the Box Office: 01403 750220

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