Based on the best-selling books by Liz Pichon, this brand new story of TOM GATES is brought to you by the award-winning team behind Horrible Histories and Gangsta Granny, and for the first time ever it’s LIVE ON STAGE!
This amazing world première opens at The Capitol, Horsham on 14 February and runs until Sunday 17 February, ahead of a tour of the UK throughout the year!
The show follows Tom as he tries to keep out of trouble while things go increasingly wrong at home and school. It features favourite characters from the stories, including Tom’s best friends Derek and Norman, and their band Dogzombies. It’s not easy to impress Amy Porter and moany Marcus Meldew is doing his best to disrupt things, while their teacher, Mr Fullerman, keeps his beady eye on them all. Things aren’t made easier when his grandparents – The Fossils – announce a big surprise and his Mum, Dad and sister Delia are doing everything to make his life difficult, which means Tom will need all the help he can get to save the day!
With 14 books in the Tom Gates series so far, Liz Pichon is a multiple number one bestselling children’s author and illustrator. Over 5 million copies of Tom Gates books have sold in the UK and abroad and the Tom Gates series has been translated into 43 languages. Liz has won over 20 awards, including the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, Waterstones Children’s Book Prize for ‘Best Fiction for 5 to 12 year olds’, multiple Specsaver Bestseller Awards and a Blue Peter Book Award – and badge! In 2017, Liz was the World Book Day illustrator.
The Birmingham Stage Company, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary year, is the award-winning producers of David Walliams’ Gangsta Granny and Awful Auntie. The company produce all the Horrible Histories shows live on stage including the West End productions of Barmy Britain. The company also performs internationally, including David Almond’s Skellig on Broadway and Horrible Histories at The Sydney Opera House.
The show is adapted by Liz Pichon and Neal Foster, with music by Mark Flannery, directed by Neal Foster, designed by Jackie Trousdale, lighting by Jason Taylor, and sound by Nick Sagar.
This exciting and hilarious new adventure brings Liz Pichon’s fantastic characters to life and is perfect for all the family, especially for children from 5 to 12, whether you are a lover of the books or new to Tom and his friends!
Performances: 14-17 February, The Capitol Theatre, Horsham. Tickets: Available online: www.thecapitolhorsham.com and via the Box Office: 01403 750220