Bestselling children’s author David Walliams, award winning Birmingham Stage Company and Coalition Agency have teamed up for a Car Park Party production of Billionaire Boy.

The COVID-safe Car Park Party will be coming to Manchester’s AJ Bell Stadium in April 2021.

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.

The production 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 find the one thing money can’t buy.

Car Park Party was launched in summer 2020 with Horrible Histories’ Barmy Britain, going on to produce the successful Car Park Panto Harroible Christmas to forty thousand families in their cars across 16 cities and towns.

Speaking about giving Billionaire Boy the Car Park Party treatment, David Wallims 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.”

Neal Foster, adapter and director of 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”.

When does Billionaire Boy comes to Manchester?

Billionaire Boy comes to Manchester’s AJ Bell Stadium as part of Car Park Party on 3 April 2021.  There will be two showings – 2pm and 5pm.  The production is visiting 15 towns and cities across the UK:

2 April   –   Birmingham, NEC
3 April   –   Manchester, AJ Bell Stadium
4 April   –   Middlesbrough, Riverside Stadium
5 April   –   Leeds, Harewood House
6 April   –   Newark, Newark Showground
8 April   –   Northampton, Franklins Gardens
9 April   –   Warwickshire, Stoneleigh Park
10 April   –   Knebworth, Knebworth House
11 April   –   Windsor, Racecourse
12 April   –   Newbury, Racecourse
14 April   –   Bournemouth, Canford Park
15 April   –   Exeter, Racecourse
16 April   –   Bath, Bath and West Showground
17 April   –   Bristol, Bristol Airport
18 April   –   Cheltenham, Racecourse

Car Park Party Billionaire Boy Artwork courtesy David Walliams, Harper Collins Publishers Ltd, Tony Ross and Quentin Blake

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Author: Michelle Swift