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Thursday 31 May 2018

World Premiere Of David Walliams Awful Auntie Comes To Theatre Royal Brighton

An obsession with the film 'The Shining' was the inspiration behind David Walliams Awful Auntie, which is coming to Theatre Royal Brighton.
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"I am obsessed with the film 'The Shining'. I wanted to create a horror story where a child was trapped in a house with a dangerous relative, cut off from the outside world," says Walliams.

"As for the character herself I had a lot of fun creating Aunt Alberta. Villains are always so much more fun than heroes. 

"I wanted her to be funny as much as scary, which is something my literary hero Roald Dahl always did so brilliantly."

Asked if he has any awful aunties and are they recreated in any way in the book, Walliams answers:

"I am lucky enough to have three nice aunties, so no Alberta is not based on them. So in writing the book I let my imagination run riot which is normally the best way to go." 

David Walliams Reads 'Awful Auntie'

The world premiere production of Awful Auntie is brought to the Brighton stage by the Birmingham Stage Company, the award winning producers who brought David Walliams' Gangsta Granny to Theatre Royal Brighton in 2016.

Awful Auntie tells the story of Stella, who when she sets 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!

On working for a second time with the Birmingham Stage Company, Walliams said:

"I think I share a sense of humour with Neal Foster who runs BSC and has written both adaptations, so it has been very harmonious. 

"Also the company are really successful, and have been making magnificent family shows for years, so I completely trust them."

Birmingham Stage Company present 'Awful Auntie' at Theatre Royal Brighton from Wednesday 6th – Saturday 9th June 2018. CLICK HERE for tickets.

by: Mike Cobley




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