The bestselling children’s author David Walliams, the award-winning Birmingham Stage Company and Coalition Agency have teamed up for a brand-new COVID-safe CAR PARK PARTY production of Billionaire Boy, coming to a site near you this April & May!
Billionaire Boy started life as a David Walliams novel for children in 2010, published by HarperCollins Children’s Books. In 2016 it was adapted into a BBC production and has since become a firm Christmas television favourite.
Billionaire Boy tells the story of Joe Spud, who is twelve years old and the richest boy in the country. He has his own sports car, £100k a week pocket money and two crocodiles as pets. But what Joe doesn’t have is a friend. So he decides to leave his posh school and start at the local comprehensive. But things don’t go as planned for Joe and life becomes a rollercoaster as he tries to find the one thing money can’t buy.
“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.”
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CAR PARK PARTY launched in the summer of 2020 and quickly became the nation’s favourite family drive-in with Horrible Histories ‘Barmy Britain’. It then helped to save Christmas with the hugely successful Car Park Panto, performing ‘Horrible Christmas’ to forty thousand family members in their cars across 16 wintery towns and cities.
Whilst the UK continues its fightback against the pandemic, children continue to miss out on live arts. So Easter presents the perfect time to bring live theatre to families across the country.
“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”.
Neal Foster, adapter and director of Billionaire Boy
Monday 12th April Newbury Newbury Racecourse (11am, 2pm & 5pm)
Tuesday 13th April Windsor Windsor Racecourse (11am, 2pm & 5pm)
Wednesday 14th April Bournemouth Canford Park (2pm & 5pm)
Thursday 15th April Exeter Exeter Racecourse (2pm & 5pm)
Friday 16th April Bath Bath & West Showground (2pm & 5pm)
Saturday 17th April Bristol Airport (11am, 2pm & 5pm)
Sunday 18th April Cheltenham Cheltenham Racecourse (2pm & 5pm)
Friday 23rd April Stevenage Knebworth House (4.30pm & 7pm)
Saturday 24th April Northampton Franklin’s Gardens (11am, 2pm & 5pm)
Sunday 25th April Birmingham NEC (11am, 2pm & 5pm)
Friday 30th April Manchester AJ Bell Stadium (4.30pm & 7pm)
Saturday 1st May Newark Newark Showground (2pm & 5pm)
Sunday 2nd May Leeds Harewood House (2pm & 5pm)
Monday 3rd May Middlesbrough Riverside Stadium (2pm & 5pm)
Credit: Mark Douet | Actor Matthew Gordon (Joe Spud) with author David Walliams
David Walliams has become one of today’s most influential writers.
Since the publication of his first novel, The Boy in the Dress (2008), illustrated by the iconic Sir Quentin Blake, David Walliams has celebrated more than ten years of writing success with global sales exceeding 40 million copies, and his books have been translated into fifty-three languages. David’s titles have spent 190 weeks (non-consecutive) at the top of the children’s charts – more than any other children’s author ever.
In addition to his fiction, David has worked with Tony Ross on five bestselling short-story collections, The World’s Worst Series as well as seven picture books. In 2020, David formed a new partnership with award-winning illustrator Adam Stower for his eighth picture book, Little Monsters.
Car Park Party
Car Park Party is by Birmingham Stage Company and concept creators, Coalition Agency.
Coalition represent, imagine and deliver dynamic shows, artists and brands all over the world, they are creative minds behind events including Ministry of Sound Classical.
Neal Foster is the adapter and director of Billionaire Boy. He is the Actor/Manager of The Birmingham Stage Company which since its foundation in 1992 has become one of the world’s leading producers of theatre for children and their families, including Horrible Histories Live on Stage for sixteen years in the UK, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Bahrain, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand and Australia. Billionaire Boy is his third David Walliams stage show after Gangsta Granny and Awful Auntie.
We will be adhering to all the current Covid-19 social distancing guidelines to ensure everybody has an enjoyable and very safe experience:
Car Park Party is an organised gathering whereby we will know in advance those who are attending, enabling contact with attendees before, during and after the event.
We have a traffic management team on site.
All vehicles will be parked two metres apart.
Tickets will be scanned through the windows, so no human contact necessary.
There will be a range of food and beverage offering available at the event and we will be adhering to all the COVID-19 government guidelines.
Toilet facilities will be provided with social distancing health and safety management and sanitization measures in place.