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Awful Auntie, Lighthouse Poole

FAMILIES can enjoy a pre-Easter treat as the Birmingham Stage Company production of Awful Auntie based on David Walliams’ best-selling novel arrives at Lighthouse Poole.

Inspired by his childhood hero Roald Dahl, Walliams created the monstrous Aunt Alberta, (a reincarnation of Matilda’s Mrs Trunchbull) who is hell bent on becoming the unrivalled mistress of the family's stately home, Saxby Hall. The production will be at Lighthouse Poole from Thursday 21st to Sunday 24th March.

In a plot that involves murdering her surviving relatives, Aunt Alberta is well on her way to achieving her goal until 12-year-old Lady Stella decides to fight back with help from young Soot, Saxby's resident ghost.

Awful Auntie by Birmingham Stage Company (picture: Mark Douet)
Awful Auntie by Birmingham Stage Company (picture: Mark Douet)

The story is set in December 1933 and based around the adventures of Stella Saxby, whose parents, Lord and Lady Saxby, have died in a tragic car accident.

Alberta lives up to her moniker as being awful. She lacks all sympathy and morals, having chosen to fight on the German side in the First World War simply because she preferred their uniforms. She has tortured and killed people and loves vicious owls. Stella rightfully fears her, and has to use all her wits to overcome the antagonism

From the award-winning West End producers of Gangsta Granny comes the stage version of Walliams’ amazing tale of frights, fights and friendship, featuring a very large owl, a very small ghost and a very awful auntie!

The children’s book was published in September 2014 and went to number one in the children’s book chart for seven weeks. The paperback was published in February 2016 and became the best-selling children’s paperback of the year. Combined sales of the hardback and paperback reached over a million copies and helped to make Walliams one of the country’s bestselling children’s authors. They have also been translated into over 50 languages, bringing worldwide sales to over 17 million. Three of his books have won National Children’s Book Awards.

Tickets are from £20. For more information visit lighthousepoole.co.uk or call the box office on 01202 280000.

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