A POPULAR children’s book is being brought to life in a new stage show playing in the region

Louis Sachar’s multi award-winning novel Holes, also a blockbuster film, is on at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle from February 26 to 29.

The off-beat comedy adventure tells the story of Stanley Yelnats who is born into a family cursed with bad luck and finds himself accused of a crime he did not commit.

Sent to a labour camp as punishment, he is tasked with digging one hole, five-foot wide by five-foot deep, every day.

He is told it is to build ‘character’ but he suspects the tyrannical warden is hiding something.

Holes won the 1998 US National Book Award for Young People’s Literature and the 1999 Newbery Medal for the year’s most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

Louis Sachar also wrote the screenplay for the 2003 film adaptation.

Tickets from £14 can be booked from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 08448 11 21 21 or online at www.theatreroyal.co.uk