We were recently invited to the West End adaptation of David Walliams' Billionaire Boy. The show is playing at the Garrick Theatre on Charing Cross Road until August 22nd. If you're not able to be in London this Summer, the production will be touring the UK in 2022. Find out if it will be hitting a theatre near you here.
The story of Billionaire Boy is about a 12 year old boy - 'Joe Spud', played by Matthew Gordon in the show. Joe has a lot of reasons to be happy, he has everything and anything a boy could wish for....all but the one thing that money cannot buy - a friend. Embarrassed by the way his father made their money through the creation of Bum Fresh toilet paper, Joe joins a new school in the hope to make genuine friends.
The stage was cleverly created using stacks of toilet paper and boxes which open to reveal sets for different scenes. It was an such an imaginative way to turn the stage from Bum Fresh Towers Mansion into Joe's school, canteen and Raj's shop.
The show was hilariously funny with catchy songs that will have you singing along. Our favourite character has to be the school cook, Mrs Trafe - who creates the most disgusting of school lunches for the children. Badger and onion pie anyone?
Photo Credit - Mark Douet, Birmingham Stage Company
The cast behind the production is the Birmingham Stage Company, also in the terrific Terrible Thames boat cruise we recently had the chance to go on. I've added our trip along the River Thames landmark spotting to our London highlight on instagram for those who want to check it out.
Although Billionaire Boy is suitable for all ages and recommended from 5+. The show does run for 2 hours 10 minutes with an interval midway, which was just a little too long for my newly turned 5 year old to sit through. Overall, this was a delightful family show and a must see for any fans of David Walliams. We also loved the souvenir programme which kept T busy for the evening!