Stage adaptation of David Walliams book at artsdepot

By Clare Casey in Local People

COMIC David Walliams has had huge success with a string of hit TV programmes including Little Britain, Come Fly With Me and the ITV talent show, Britain’s Got Talent.

And now he’s taking the literary world by storm with his stories for children, achieving critical acclaim from all across the globe.

His books have been translated into more than 45 languages and sold over 9.5 million copies in the UK alone.

The stage adaptation of his brilliantly funny children’s book The First Hippo on the Moon, has begun a tour of over 40 UK venues, which includes North Finchley’s Artsdepot on Saturday and Sunday (February 11 and 12).

The story is an “explosively funny space adventure” for children aged three and above and follows two big hippos and their one enormous dream of making it to the moon.

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.”

The book has been adapted into a play by the acclaimed award-winning Theatre company Les Petits, hot off the heals of their successful Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs tour, which wowed audiences at the Arts Depot in November last year.

The creative team has worked on such hit shows such as Dr Seuss’ The Lorax, The Nationals’ Elephantom, Warhorse and Raymond Briggs’ The Bear.

And it’s for these reasons, Walliams was keen to work with them on the adaptation.

He said: “I have loved their work for many years so jumped at the chance to work with them.

“I love great children’s theatre shows, especially now I am a father, so am very excited to see this one.

“The book is full of humour and I know that are the perfect choice of theatre company to bring that out as there shows are so irreverent and funny.”

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