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David Walliams’ Grandpa’s Great Escape live show to tour UK arenas

David Walliams’ best selling children’s book Grandpa’s Great Escape has been turned into a live show.


A stage version of David’s Grandpa’s Great Escape will tour UK arenas this Christmas.

The adaption of the kid’s favourite – which has sold over 2 million copies – will open in Birmingham on 23 December.

It will then tour across the UK at arenas in London, Sheffield, Nottingham, Manchester, Newcastle and Glasgow before culminating in Liverpool on 4 January.

The stage show will be directed by Tony® Award nominee Sean Foley (The Catherine Tate Show Live & The Painkiller) and comes after a TV film adaption which aired on BBC One last Christmas.

A teaser for the show reads: “Many years ago, Grandpa was a World War II flying ace. But when he is sent to old folk’s home Twilight Towers – run by sinister Matron Swine – it’s up to Grandpa and his grandson, Jack, to plot a daring escape. Little do they know, the wicked matron is on to them.”

David Walliams said: “Grandpa’s Great Escape Live is an incredible new development for the book. We’re not just turning it into a live show, but into a spectacular live arena show for all the family this Christmas.

“Being in arenas means we can have a life-size Spitfire, a tank, the London landscape and a dramatic escape from the Imperial War Museum. It’s great because we can really go to town with all of those elements and this story demands that scale.

“I’m delighted to be involved with this arena tour of Grandpa’s Great Escape Live, working with fantastic people like the director Sean Foley and Kevin Cecil, who’s written the script. I couldn’t be more excited about it!”

Dates, venues and tickets for Grandpa’s Great Escape are available now from TicketMaster here.

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