Hippodrome premiere for First Hippo on the Moon

A stage adaptation of David Walliam’s story The First Hippo on the Moon will launch a major UK tour in December, at the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne.

Visiting 30 venues across the UK, the production by Les Petits Theatre Company will receive its world premiere in Eastbourne from December 13 until January 7.

Suitable for children aged three and up, casting for The First Hippo on the Moon will be announced in due course.

Author and actor Walliams said: “I’ve been a long-time admirer of Les Petits Theatre Company and the innovative approach they take to theatre-making so I’m excited to see how they bring my hippo space explorers to life on stage.”

Les Petits Theatre Company said: “Les Petits Theatre Company are excited to be bringing David Walliams’ space race adventure to life for young audiences with our trademark mixture of larger than life puppets, fun, live music and adventure.”

The UK tour of The First Hippo on the Moon will visit Colchester, Guildford, Hayes, Dartford, Chesterfield, York, North Finchley, Worthing, Aberystwyth, Stourbridge, Bracknell, Norwich, Stafford, Middlesbrough, Leeds, Gravesend, Southend, Oxford, Newbury, Lowestoft, Hertford, St Albans, Woking, Winchester, Warwick, Ilkley, Swansea, Brighton, Greenwich and Billingham.

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