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Classic children's book staged live for families
Birmingham Stage Company is to perform David Walliams' best-seller Billionaire Boy in car parks across the country this Easter.

Staged at the NEC in Birmingham on April 25, the tour is produced in collaboration with Car Park Party and the events will be COVID-safe with audiences watching the show from their cars.

David Walliams Billionaire Boy staged by Birmingham Stage Company
David Walliams Billionaire Boy

Published in 2010, Billionaire Boy tells the story of 12-year-old Joe Spud, the richest child in the country. But while Joe owns his own sportscar and has 100,000 pocket money every week, he doesn't have any friends. Joe decides to leave his posh school for a local comprehensive - but it takes more than just swapping schools for Joe to discover true friendship.

The production, which was first staged in 2019, is the latest in a series of Birmingham Stage Company adaptations of David Walliams' books which have also included Gangsta Granny and Awful Auntie. David said: "I am delighted that families will have the opportunity to see some live theatre again. The show is hilarious and I hope spreads some happiness in these difficult times."

Launched last summer as a response to social distancing, Car Park Party has successfully staged BSC's Horrible Histories - Barmy Britain and Horrible Christmas. Adhering to current COVID-19 regulations, cars are parked two metres apart, tickets are scanned through windows and toilets (with social distancing and sanitisation) are provided. Audiences can take their own food and drink or refreshments are available at the site.

BSC founder and actor/manager Neal Foster, who has adapted and directs Billionaire Boy, said: "It was wonderful to be part of a magical enterprise in 2020 bringing live theatre to families desperate for the joy and connection theatre provides, so we are delighted to be presenting our production of one of David Walliams' most popular stories which began its national tour in 2019 and was abruptly halted by COVID. The show's actors are thrilled with the opportunity to return to a new stage with a story that demonstrates the importance of friends and family at this critical time for the world."

The full tour is:

Monday 12 April Newbury Racecourse (11am, 2pm & 5pm)
Tuesday 13 April Windsor Racecourse (11am, 2pm & 5pm)
Wednesday 14 April Bournemouth Canford Park (2pm & 5pm)
Thursday 15 April Exeter Racecourse (2pm & 5pm)
Friday 16 April Bath & West Showground (2pm & 5pm)
Saturday 17 April Bristol Airport (11am, 2pm & 5pm)
Sunday 18 April Cheltenham Racecourse (2pm & 5pm)
Friday 23 April Stevenage Knebworth House (4.30pm & 7pm)
Saturday 24 April Northampton Franklin's Gardens (11am, 2pm & 5pm)
Sunday 25 April Birmingham NEC (11am, 2pm & 5pm)
Friday 30 April Manchester AJ Bell Stadium (4.30pm & 7pm)
Saturday 1 May Newark Showground (2pm & 5pm)
Sunday 2 May Leeds Harewood House (2pm & 5pm)
Monday 3 May Middlesbrough Riverside Stadium (2pm & 5pm)

Tickets start from 49.50 for more information see

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Why? COVID-safe family theatre
When: April 12 - May 3
Where: Birmingham NEC and national tour
Cost: From 49.50
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