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Bestselling children's author David Walliams and award-winning Birmingham Stage Company are bringing the brand-new tour of their hit West End production Billionaire Boy to the Sunderland Empire from Thursday 19 - Sunday 22 May 2022.

This is their third collaboration after the Olivier Award nominated Gangsta Granny and acclaimed
Awful Auntie productions.

Billionaire Boy tells the story of Joe Spud, who is twelve years old and the richest boy in the country. He has his own sports car, two crocodiles as pets and £100,000 a week pocket money. But what Joe doesn't have is a friend. So, he decides to leave his posh school and start at the local comp. But things don't go as planned for Joe and life becomes a rollercoaster as he tries find what money can't buy!

David Walliams said: "What a magnificent show! If this production was on Britain's Got Talent, I'd be giving it the Golden Buzzer! It couldn't be better!"

David Walliams has become one of today's most influential writers. Since the publication of his first novel, The Boy in the Dress (2008), illustrated by the iconic Sir Quentin Blake, David Walliams has celebrated more than ten years of writing success with global sales exceeding forty-five million copies, and his books have been translated into fifty-five languages. David's titles have spent 138 weeks (non-consecutive) at the top of the children's charts - more than any other children's author ever. He closed 2018 as the UK's biggest-selling author for the second year running. In addition to his fiction, David has worked with Tony Ross on six picture books as well as three bestselling short-story collections, The World's Worst Children.Billionaire Boystarted life as a David Walliams novel for children in2010, published by HarperCollins Children's Books, and was filmed for the BBC in 2016.

Neal Foster is the adapter and director of Billionaire Boy. He is the Actor/Manager of The Birmingham Stage Company which since its foundation in 1992 has staged over one hundred productions. The company has become one of the world's leading producers of theatre for children and their families, including Horrible Histories Live on Stage for sixteen years in the UK, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Bahrain, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand and Australia. Neal has written and directed all of the most recent Horrible Histories shows including the Barmy Britainseries seen in the West End, across the UK, and abroad. Billionaire Boy is his third David Walliams stage show after Gangsta Grannyand Awful Auntie.In 2019 he directed the world premiere of Tom Gates which he also adapted alongside author of the books, Liz Pichon.

Billionaire Boy is adapted and directed by Neal Foster, designed by Jackie Trousdale, lighting by Jason Taylor, sound by Nick Sagarand music by Jak Poore.

Billionaire Boyis suitable for ages 5 +.

Billionaire Boywill play at Sunderland Empire from Thursday 19 -Sunday 22 May 2022.Tickets priced from just £13*, with family concessions available. Book via the Ticket Centre on 0844 871 7615* or online at www.ATGtickets.com/sunderland*

*A £3.65 transaction fee applies to telephone and online bookings. Calls cost up to 7p per minute plus your standard network charge.

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