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The First Hippo on the Moon will embark on a major UK tour in December following a Christmas residency at The Royal Hippodrome Theatre in Eastbourne.

The First Hippo on the Moon is based on the original children’s book of the same name, written by David Walliams’ and illustrated by Tony Ross.

The space adventure tells the story two hippos; the rich Hercules Waldorf-Franklin III and the ingenious Shelia, who are competing to be the first hippo to make it to the moon.

The tour will begin on 13th December with a Christmas residency in Eastbourne, and will then visit 30 locations across the UK including York, Leeds, Brighton and Swansea.

The First Hippo on the Moon will tour until July 2017 and casting will be announced in due course.

About the producers

The First Hippo on the Moon will be produced by Les Petits Theatre Company, following their successful production of Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs.

Les Petits is the sister company of Les Enfants Terribles, the company behind the Olivier nominated Alice’s Adventures Underground experience.

David Walliams commented: “I am delighted that The First Hippo on the Moon will be making its world premiere this December at the historic Eastbourne Hippodrome before travelling up and down the UK.

“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 added, “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 show will be directed by Finn Caldwell with puppet design by Nick Barnes.

About David Walliams

David Walliams has fast become known for his humorous books which have been translated into over 45 languages and sold over 9.5 million copies in the UK alone.

One of his most successful titles Gangsta Granny was adapted for stage in November 2015 by the Birmingham Stage Company and continues on tour until January 2017.

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