Gatehouse launches competition to mark popular family show

The world premiere tour of Comedian, Writer and TV Personality, David Walliams' The First Hippo on the Moon, is heading to Stafford Gatehouse Theatre next month! To celebrate, the county town venue is giving away a copy of the original children's book signed by the man himself.

Based on David Walliams' original children's book with illustrations by Tony Ross, The First Hippo on the Moon is an explosively funny space adventure which sees the enormously rich Hercules Waldorf-Franklin III and ingenious Shelia compete to be the first hippo to make it to the moon.

Two big hippos. One ENORMOUS dream. Who can make it to the moon first?

3 ...2 ...1 ...BLAST OFF!

David Walliams has taken the literary world by storm and his brilliantly funny stories are adored by children the world over. He has achieved unprecedented critical acclaim and quickly developed a reputation as a natural successor to Roald Dahl. His books have been translated into over 45 languages and sold over 9.5 million copies in the UK alone. One of his most successful titles Gangsta Granny was adapted for the stage in November 2015 by Birmingham Stage Company and continues on tour until January 2017.

Looking ahead to the tour, David Walliams said:

"I am delighted that 'The First Hippo on the Moon' will be making its world premiere this December before travelling up and down the UK. I've been a long-time admirer of Les Petits Theatre Company and the innovative approach they take to theatre-making so I'm excited to see how they bring my hippo space explorers to life on stage."

The First Hippo on the Moon has been adapted for the stage by acclaimed theatre company Les Petits following their hugely successful production of Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs. The creative team at Les Petits have also worked on Dr. Seuss'The Lorax at The Old Vic and the National Theatre's productions of Elephantom, Warhorse and Raymond Briggs' The Bear. Les Petits was set up as the sister company to Les Enfants Terribles whose work includes The Trench, The Vaudevillains and Olivier nominated Alice's Adventures Underground.

Les Petits was set up as the sister company to 'razor sharp theatre group' (The Telegraph) Les Enfants Terribles whose work includes The Trench, The Vaudevillains and Alice's Adventures Underground

Stafford Gatehouse Theatre will be giving away a signed copy of the original children's book The First Hippo on the Moon via its Facebook page. From Thursday 23rd February, visit the Gatehouse Theatre Facebook page for details on how to enter. Fill terms and conditions apply. For more information contact

The First Hippo on the Moon will be performed at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre on Saturday 25th March at 1.30pm and 3pm, and on Sunday 26th March at 10.30am and at 12.30pm. Tickets are ?12.50, with a School party rate also available, and can be purchased from the Box Office on 01785 619080 or online via

Age recommendation: 3 years+
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