The bestselling children’s author David Walliams and the award-winning Birmingham Stage Company have teamed up for a brand-new tour of their hit West End production of Billionaire Boy.
Everything you need to know about Billionaire Boy at Sunderland Empire, as David Walliam’s smash-hit arrives in Sunderland.
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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 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 forty-five million copies, and his books have been translated into fifty-five 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.
Speaking ahead of Billionaire Boy’s run at Sunderland Empire, David said:
“It’s the most brilliant thing, seeing a book that you’ve written come to life on stage”.
“You feel like a magician because what was in your head is somehow now all real, right in front of you, so it is a very exciting thing.”
“The thing is that when I write the books, I’m not thinking much beyond them being books. And, of course, in children’s books, you want to have lots of really exciting things happening like helicopters and fast cars and I know that does create problems for people staging it.
But the brilliant thing about theatre is that with imagination, anything can be done.”
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David Walliam’s Billionaire Boy is coming to Sunderland!
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. 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.
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 one hundred 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 sixteen years in the UK, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Bahrain, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand and Australia.
Billionaire Boy is adapted and directed by Neal Foster, designed by Jackie Trousdale, lighting by Jason Taylor, sound by Nick Sagar and music by Jak Poore.
Billionaire Boy will hit Sunderland Empire’s stage from Thurs 19 May – Sun 22 May 2022.
Tickets are priced from just £13* are available from the Ticket Centre on 0844 871 7615* or online at www.ATGtickets.com/sunderland*