David Walliams’ The First Hippo on the Moon is now in its third week at The Royal Hippodrome in Eastbourne, before showing in an additional 20+ venues throughout the UK.
The hour-long show has been imaginatively adapted for the stage by Les Petits Theatre company, who also toured recently at The Royal Hippodrome with Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs.
With laugh out loud moments, striking puppetry, memorable songs and a brilliantly animated cast – This is definitely a show all ages and family members will enjoy.
The story follows two very different hippos, Sheila, who lives a basic hippo life in the jungle, and Hercules Waldorf-Franklin III, a rich, pompous hippo (who it turns out is also a dream-stealer), and their quest to be the first hippo on the moon.
My two-year old was glued from start to finish as he watched Sheila, in full hippo attire, and her friends Keith the giraffe, Derek the ostrich and a pair of porcupines Scratch and Sniff, build a rocket, find fuel (with help from a wise and hilariously funny gorilla) journey to the moon and return to the jungle with a thud. Quite eventful for 60 minutes! There’s also an ingenious section which is very comical regarding poop, farts and a little bit of audience participation, but I won’t ruin it..!
After the show I asked Clark what he thought and his exact words were ‘Funny, hippo farts!’ So there you go! He approved. I loved that the cast stayed in character throughout and their animated expressions meant if you did avert from their puppets, you could quite easily watch them and still enjoy the show.
The First Hippo on the Moon remains at The Royal Hippodrome, Eastbourne until 7th January and tickets start at £13 – Don’t miss out! Click here to view remaining dates.
I'm now off to buy the book...!