To one generation David Walliams is the anarchic comedy star of Little Britain.
Grand Opera House, York
Wed Feb 8-Thu Feb 9
But his younger fans don’t care for Andy and Lou or his many other comic creations, preferring the likes of Gangsta Granny, Mr Stink and Billionaire Boy.
With a string of hit children’s books, David has established himself as the go-to storyteller for youngsters today.
And now the stage version of his book The First Hippo On The Moon is coming to the Grand Opera House.
It’s a funny space adventure which sees the enormously rich Hercules Waldorf-Franklin III and ingenious Shelia compete to be the first hippo to complete a lunar landing.
Here’s David Walliams on the book, the show and more…
‘You feel like a magician’
David, where did the idea for The First Hippo on the Moon come from?
How does it feel seeing your characters come to life in the theatre?
Are you inspired by any other current children’s writers?
When I a young child I loved Richard Scarry and Dr Seuss. My absolute hero is Roald Dahl. He is the greatest children’s writer of all time as he wrote so many brilliant books.
What advice would you give to young writers?
You can never guess what it is people want to read, so it is best you write something for yourself. If other people like it that’s a bonus.
What is the take-home message of Hippo?