Awful Auntie at the Theatre Royal Brighton Review

6-9 June 2018


Reviewed by Sasha Nye

The Theatre Royal in Brighton is probably one of my favourite theatres to go to. I love how traditional it is, the ambience, the decor. Even with its traditional appearance it fits in really well in the unique and Diverse Brighton. It really puts you in the right mood for whatever show you are going to see. The staff are always very polite, friendly, extremely well presented and on hand to help with any query that you may have. A bonus is that it’s a few minutes walk from car parks and local transport.

Awful Auntie follows the story originally written by David Walliams and it is about the 12-year-old Lady Stella Saxby (Georgina Leonidas) who after waking from a coma finds out that she is now an orphan and that she has been left in the care of her conniving and dastardly Aunt Alberta (Timothy Speyer).

With plenty of twists, turns and battles of wills and wits between the two main characters, this show is definitely able to capture the imagination of its intended audience.

Death by fire and poison, multiple murder attempts, torture and ghosts isn’t necessarily a list of things I’d put together when thinking of a show to take children, but it works. The whole thing is intelligent, creative and extremely funny.

I took my 10-year-old Daughter and her friend, and they loved it. They were mesmerised from start to finish and spent the whole interval discussing their favourite bits.

They had very different favourite bits and favourite characters which in itself shows what a great story this is. It has the ability to capture to young children in very different ways.

I loved catching their faces and seeing their reactions to the scary bits, their awe at the creative and clever set but mostly the giggles and laughter from the start right up until the end.

There is something very special about the sound of laughter from children and watching their faces light up with awe. For that, thank you David Walliams.

The characters were played brilliantly with the favourites being …

Aunt Alberta (Timothy Speyer), with her conniving devious plots and larger than life character.

Soot (Ashley Cousins), resourceful, funny and brave.

My personal favourite was Gibbon (Richard James), whose comedic timing was brilliant and very funny.

A hit with the whole audience from young to old, clever, inventive, engaging and absolutely hilarious.

Rating: 5/5

Tickets cost from £23.50 to £26.50 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).

Awful Auntie is at the Theatre Royal in Brighton from 6-9 June 2018, for more information or to book tickets visit or call the box office on 0844 871 7650.

Theatre Royal. New Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1SD | 0844 871 7650

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