Two big hippos. One enormous dream. Who can make it to the moon first?
Les Petits Theatre Company will crash land at the Corn Exchange in Newbury on April 23 and 24 with the stage adaptation of The First Hippo on the Moon, from number one best-selling children’s author David Walliams.
Based on his original book with illustrations by Tony Ross, the show is an explosively funny space adventure for children ages three and over.
The enormously rich Hercules Waldorf-Franklin III and ingenious Sheila compete to be the first hippo to make it to the moon.
Featuring colourful puppets, toe-tapping songs and giggle inducing humour, the latest stage adaptation of Walliams’ works sets out to prove that friendship will get you further than fame and riches.
Perhaps best known among adults for writing and starring in hit TV show Little Britain and appearing as a judge on Britain’s Got Talent, Walliams has taken the children’s literary world by storm.
His brilliantly funny stories, such as Gangsta Granny and The Boy in the Dress, are adored by children the world over, and have earned him unprecedented critical acclaim and favourable comparisons to Roald Dahl.
The book has been adapted for the stage by founder and artistic director of Les Petits Theatre Company, Oliver Lansley.
The creative team, who have also worked on shows such as Dr Seuss’ The Lorax at The Old Vic and West End hit War Horse, have designed, created and directed the fun and original animal puppets used in the show.
The performance adds up to an hour of fun for the whole family and, with the first performance starting in the Easter half term, it works out perfectly.
Tickets cost £10.50. To book visit the Corn Exchange website cornexchangenew.com or by call the box office on 0845 5218 218.