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David Walliams' Billionaire Boy to be staged as a drive-in production at Newark Showground this Easter

The richest boy in the country is jumping in his sports car and heading to Newark Showground for the latest Carpark Party production.

David Walliams’ Billionaire Boy is to be staged as a drive-in production at the venue on Tuesday, April 6, with performances at 2pm and 5pm.

It follows the sell-out success of the carpark pantomime, Horrible Histories, at the showground in December.

David Walliams' Billionaire Boy is to be staged at Newark Showground. (44199620)
David Walliams' Billionaire Boy is to be staged at Newark Showground. (44199620)

Best-selling author Walliams has teamed up with award-winning Birmingham Stage Company and Coalition Agency for the covid-safe stage show of his book this Easter.

Billionaire Boy tells the story of 12-year-old Joe Spud, who is the richest boy in the country.

He has his own sports car, £100,000 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.

Billionaire Boy was published in 2010. In 2016 it was adapted into a BBC production and has since become a firm Christmas television favourite.

David Walliams 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.”

While the UK continues its fight back against the pandemic, children continue to miss out on live arts and so Easter presents the perfect time to bring live theatre to families across the country.

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.”

Carpark Party will adhere to all the current covid-19 social distancing guidelines to ensure everybody has an enjoyable and safe experience.

A traffic management team will be on site, all vehicles will be parked two metres apart, and tickets will be scanned through the windows, so no human contact is necessary.

Toilet facilities will be provided as well as a range of food and beverage offering with social distancing health and safety management and sanitisation measures in place.

Tickets went on sale at 8am on Thursday from www.carparkparty.com

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