Cast of David Walliams’ best selling book Gangsta Granny caught on camera in Norwich after breaking out of theatre

Gangsta Granny and her grandson Ben, played by Gilly Tompkins and Ashley Cousins, zoom round Norwich

Gangsta Granny and her grandson Ben, played by Gilly Tompkins and Ashley Cousins, zoom round Norwich on her scooter and trailer whilst they are in action at the Theatre Royal. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

There is a well known saying that you're never too old and that certainly is the case for this Gangsta Granny who has caused quite a commotion in Norwich city centre.

Gangsta Granny is the creation of actor, writer and comedian David Walliams whose best-selling novel has been adapted for a show which has come to the Norwich Theatre Royal stage.

The production which has been put together by the award-winning producers of Horrible Histories, tells the story of how what Ben thinks will be a boring Friday night with his granny turns out to be an exciting adventure of a lifetime with his very own Gangsta Granny.

To mark the arrival of the show Gilly Tompkins, who plays the part, took a recce around the city on her mobility scooter - with astonished crowds looking on - to case the joint.

Speaking after she had taken part in a packed morning show to coaches full of schoolchildren and ahead of tonight's production, in the city she said: 'I'm loving it, it's a fantastic role.


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'She's absolutely adorable to play.

'It's funny, naughty and sad so you've got it all there.'

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The actress, who has previously appeared on our TV screens in popular shows like Casualty and Eastenders added the audience response to the show has been among the best she has ever experienced.

Ashley Cousins, who plays her grandson Ben and has appeared in BBC2's Cradle To Grave, said it has been 'brilliant' to be part of the production which has been loved by cast and audiences alike.

He said: 'It's brilliant, its absolutely wonderful.

'It's not a role I've played before and the response we've had around the country has been fantastic.'

The show, which is in Norwich until Saturday, will hit the West End in London later this summer.

• To find out more or book tickets for the show call the Norwich Theatre Royal box office on 01603 630000.

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