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David Walliams' Work: On Page and Stage

David Walliams' Work: On Page and Stage Click to enlarge

28 Apr 2017

Actor, comic, presenter, activist and television personality, there wasn’t much that David Walliams hadn’t done across his immensely successful careering. However, in 2008, the beloved entertainer began his publishing career and has since taken the children’s literary world by storm.

As a children's author, Walliams has cemented himself as one of the most popular writers today, selling over 11 million books around the world. His books, having been translated into over 45 languages, include The World’s Worst Children , Grandpa’s Great Escape and Awful Auntie , the latter winning both the National Book Awards ‘Children’s Book of the Year’ and ‘Audiobook of the Year’. His first collection of short stories, is a number one bestseller across all books having sold over 250,000 copies in 7 weeks.

His first book, The Boy in the Dress, released in 2008, was followed by Mr Stink in 2009. Both books were illustrated by Quentin Blake, most well-known for his illustrations with Roald Dahl, to who Walliams has been compared. The Boy in the Dress was a particularly salient story, exploring several themes, also touched on in his sketch show Little Britain, from Walliams' own life on an emotional level. Cross-dressing and effeminacy feature, with maturity and humour. The story recounts a neglected 12-year-old boy called Dennis' search for a female role model, his friendship with the popular girl in school and the ways in which relationships develop along gender lines.

David has also written several picture books, aimed at younger readers, with illustrations by Tony Ross. These include The Queen’s Orang-utan, The First Hippo on the Moon, The Slightly Annoying Elephant and The Bear Who Went Boo!

In 2012, Mr Stink was the first of David’s novels to be adapted for the screen, followed by Gangsta Granny in 2013, The Boy in the Dress in 2014 and then Billionaire Boy and Awful Auntie in 2016.

Gangsta Granny has been the first of David’s books to be adapted for the stage by Birmingham Stage Company, beginning its tour in November 2015.

We’re thrilled to have David Walliams’ The First Hippo on the Moon visit our stage. Adapted by the acclaimed award-winning Les Petits Theatre Company, the show brings the much-adored story to life with puppetry, music and mayhem!
The creative team have worked on such hit shows such as Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax , The Nationals’ Elephantom, Warhorse and Raymond Briggs’ The Bear.

The First Hippo On The Moon lands at Trinity on Sunday 14th May as part of it's world premiere tour.  Suitable for 3yrs+ If you require a Wheelchair ticket please call the Box Office on 01892 678 678

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