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Muddy meets David Walliams

The stage version of David Walliam's Billionaire Boy comes to Richmond Theatre this month - we meet the man behind the book.

David Walliams is on a roll. The celebrated comedian, talent show judge and writer closed last year as the country’s biggest-selling author for the second year running, which is not surprising given that global sales of his books have reached 32 million copies. His story Billionaire Boy, which was adapted for television, is now touring the UK in a brand-new adaptation from the acclaimed producers Birmingham Stage Company. Muddy caught up with Walliams for a quick chat…

You’re no stranger to stage and screen yourself, so what’s it like seeing your books come to life?

It’s the most brilliant thing, seeing a book that you’ve written come to life either on television or on stage. You feel like a magician because what was in your head is somehow now all real, right in front of you, so it is a very very exciting thing.

If I gave you one billion pounds to spend and you had to only today to spend it, what would you spend it on (other than me, natch!)?

There’s one thing that Joe Spud, who is the billionaire boy, has in the book which is a water slide going down from his bedroom to a swimming pool. He just gets out of bed and goes straight down a water slide. That is something I don’t have and it really pains me. So if I had a billion pounds to spend today I’d get that water slide because water slides are so much fun. I love them!

Yes… I see where you’re coming from on that one. And you could probably skip a shower too. Maybe? I like you’re thinking… now for a little toilet talk. If BUM FRESH was real as a toilet paper, would it be your favourite brand to use on the toilet?

Joe is a billionaire because his father, Len Spud, who was just a humble man who worked in a factory, came up with this brilliant idea of a toilet roll that is moist on one side and dry on the other. It’s a fantastic invention and I can’t believe someone hasn’t given me a billion pounds for the idea already, because if it was produced I think it would really catch on. But I liked it being something like this because actually sometimes when you meet people who have lots and lots of money it’s come from really bizarre things. I once met someone who was really rich because their father provided toilet rolls to lots of pubs in the north of England and I thought, I could do that, but I didn’t have the idea, did I.

Tell us more about the producers of the show.

The Birmingham Stage Company have already done two incredible adaptations of my books, Gangsta Granny and Awful Auntie, both of which went round the country quite a few times, came into London, got great reviews, audiences loved the shows and came back and back and back and so I’m really excited that a third book of mine is in their hands. I think this could the most fun show of all because in a way this is the most comic book. It’s a story with an emphasis on jokes and silly situations and obviously the whole thing is quite surreal with someone having so much money. So I think it’s going to be a really fun theatre show and I can’t wait to see it.

Billionaire Boy is on at Richmond Theatre from Wed 30 Oct til Sat 2


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