David Walliams scores a hat-trick as new production of Billionaire Boy is announced

The bestselling children’s author David Walliams and the award-winning Birmingham Stage Company have today announced a new production of Billionaire Boy to tour Britain. This will be their third collaboration after the Olivier Award nominated Gangsta Granny and acclaimed Awful Auntie productions. Billionaire Boy started life as a David Walliams novel for children in 2010, published by HarperCollins Children’s Books, and was filmed for the BBC in 2016. It will now embark on a national tour on 26 September 2019 from Horsham’s Capitol Theatre.

Billionaire Boy tells the story of Joe Spud, who is twelve years old and the richest boy in the country. He has his own sports car, two crocodiles as pets and £100,000 a week pocket money. But what Joe doesn’t have is a friend. So he decides to leave his posh school and start at the local comp. But things don’t go as planned for Joe and life becomes a rollercoaster as he tries find what money can’t buy!

David Walliams said today: “I absolutely loved the BSC’s terrific productions of Gangsta Granny and Awful Auntie so I can’t wait to see their brand-new production of Billionaire Boy! It promises to be a brilliant show!”

David Walliams has become one of today’s most influential writers. Since the publication of his first novel, The Boy in the Dress (2008), illustrated by the iconic Sir Quentin Blake, David Walliams has celebrated more than ten years of writing success with global sales exceeding twenty-nine million copies, and his books have been translated into fifty-three languages. David’s titles have spent 138 weeks (non-consecutive) at the top of the children’s charts – more than any other children’s author ever. He closed 2018 as the UK’s biggest-selling author for the second year running. In addition to his fiction, David has worked with Tony Ross on six picture books as well as three bestselling short-story collections, The World’s Worst Children.

Neal Foster is the adapter and director of Billionaire Boy. He is the Actor/Manager of The Birmingham Stage Company which since its foundation in 1992 has staged over eighty productions. The company has become one of the world’s leading producers of theatre for children and their families, including Horrible Histories Live on Stage for fourteen years in the UK, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Bahrain, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand and Australia. Neal has written and directed all of the most recent Horrible Histories shows including the Barmy Britain series seen in the West End, across the UK, and abroad. Billionaire Boy will be his third David Walliams stage show after Gangsta Granny and Awful Auntie. Last week he opened the world premiere of Tom Gates which he adapted with the author Liz Pichon which will be touring the country through to 2020.

Billionaire Boy is adapted and directed by Neal Foster, designed by Jackie Trousdale, lighting by Jason Taylor, sound by Nick Sagar, special effects by Scott Penrose and music by Jak Poore.

Billionaire Boy is suitable for ages 5 +

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 List of tour dates: billionaireboylive.co.uk

 Tour dates currently on sale are:

Capitol Theatre, Horsham                                             26 – 29 Sep 2019

Hull New Theatre                                                             09 – 12 Oct 2019

Derngate Theatre, Northampton                              16 – 19 Oct 2019

Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe                               23 – 26 Oct 2019

Richmond Theatre                                                          30 Oct – 02 Nov 2019

Orchard Theatre, Dartford                                           13 – 16 Nov 2019

Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham                                 20 – 23 Nov 2019

Theatre Royal, Glasgow                                                 15 – 19 Jan 2020

Cliffs Pavilion. Southend-on-Sea                                23 – 26 Jan 2020 [on sale 26 Feb]

De Montfort Hall, Leicester                                          04 – 08 Mar 2020