Walliams story put to music for half term

Billionaire Boy The Musical
Dean Nolan, Ryan Heenan, Lem Knights and Sophia Nomvete in Billionaire Boy the Musical. Photo by Manuel Harla.

FRESH from the phenomenal success of its world premiere in Southampton over Christmas, David Walliams’ Billionaire Boy the Musical bursts into Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre this week, just in time for the half-term break.

Based on the bestselling kids’ book, this hilarious and heartwarming new show tells the story of schoolboy Joe Spud, who becomes an overnight billionaire after his dad invents a new kind of loo roll. It’s Bum Fresh – wet on one side, dry on the other!

Suddenly flush, Joe seems to have everything he wants, but can money really buy happiness? While his toilet roll tycoon dad spends, spends, spends on fast cars, 100-inch TVs and lavish gifts for his new girlfriend, Sapphire Diamond, Joe is left to fend for himself in the unforgiving world of the school playground.

Billionaire Boy The Musical
Sophia Nomvete and Ryan Heenan in Billionaire Boy The Musical. Photo by Manuel Harlan.

Luckily, Joe’s new best friend Bob is on hand to help him navigate the assault course of school bullies and dangerously inedible canteen food. But when the impossibly pretty new girl Lauren seems to take a shine to Joe, things look set to get a whole lot more complicated.

Adapted for the stage by Jon Brittain, the family show features an original soundtrack by prolific pop song writers Miranda Cooper and Nick Coler, who have penned a slew of smash hit tracks for the likes of Sugababes, Girls Aloud, Alesha Dixon, Kylie Minogue and Gabriella Cilmi.

An all-singing, all-dancing cast includes Sophia Nomvete (Miss Littlewood, Vice Versa, RSC), Avita Jay (Bring on the Bollywood, Phizzical) as Sapphire, Lem Knights (The One Hundred and One Dalmatians, One Love, Birmingham REP), Dean Nolan as Len Spud (Brief Encounter, Big Fish) and Ryan Heenan (Peter Pan, Moonfleet) as Joe.

Lem Knights as Bob in Billionaire Boy the Musical. Photo by Manuel Harlan.

Billionaire Boy The Musical plays at the Belgrade Theatre between 20th-23rd February 2019. Tickets are available to book now by calling the box office on 024 7655 3055, or visiting www.belgrade.co.uk.

Review coming soon.

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