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1 - The First Hippo on the Moon at Stourbridge town hall

Les Petits Theatre Company's The First Hippo on the Moon. Credit The Other Richard
Les Petits Theatre Company's The First Hippo on the Moon. Credit The Other Richard

The stage version of The First Hippo on the Moon by actor, writer and comedian David Walliams is coming to Stourbridge this February half-term.

Based on David Walliams’ original children’s book with illustrations by Tony Ross, The First Hippo on the Moon is an explosively funny space adventure which sees the enormously rich Hercules Waldorf-Franklin III and ingenious Shelia compete to be the first hippo to make it to the moon.

It has been adapted for the stage by acclaimed theatre company Les Petits following their hugely successful production of Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs.

It is directed by Les Petits’ artistic director Oliver Lansley whose recent adaptations have included the immersive dining experience Dinner at the Twits and Alice’s Adventure’s Underground. The puppets for The First Hippo on the Moon have been created by Nick Barnes and Finn Caldwell who have previously collaborated on War Horse and The Lorax. The First Hippo on the Moon is suitable for children aged three and up.

David Walliams has achieved unprecedented critical acclaim and quickly developed a reputation as a natural successor to Roald Dahl. His books have been translated into over 45 languages and sold over 9.5 million copies in the UK alone.

Author David Walliams said:

“I have always been fascinated with the space race of the 1960s and wanted to do a spoof on that. I like the idea of hippos going to the moon as they are the animals least likely to. It’s a very visual book, with amazing illustrations by Tony Ross, so it should be a very colourful stage production. 

“I love seeing adaptations of my books, and really enjoy the changes. I come from writing for television which is very collaborative and have always like working with other people. Ultimately you feel like a magician when something that was in your head becomes real.”

Councillor Khurshid Ahmed, cabinet member for regeneration said:

“This a fun and entertaining show for all the family which forms part of a really strong line-up of shows at Stourbridge Town Hall this spring.

“I’m sure that families will enjoy this February half-term show when it comes to Stourbridge on 24 February.”

The show which takes place on Friday 24 February at 1pm lasts one hour and there is no interval. Tickets cost adults £13, children £10 (under 15), family of four £42* (booking fees apply) and are available at www.boroughhalls.co.uk or by calling the Box Office on 01384 812812.

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