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What’s on: The First Hippo on the Moon comes to The Lowry

In a couple of weeks we’re going to The Lowry to review the stage production of David Walliams’ The First Hippo on the Moon. My three-year-old son is especially excited because we’ve been reading the book recently. He can’t wait to see it on stage – and neither can I!

The book

The story is a funny space adventure, which sees two very different hippos compete to be the first one on the moon. It’s a lovely book to read with young children – especially as the colourful illustrations by Tony Ross really help bring it to life.

The production at The Lowry

Les Enfants Terribles and Les Petits’ Artistic Director Oliver Lansley adapted The First Hippo on the Moon for the stage. Lansley’s other adaptations of children’s literature include the immersive dining experience Dinner at the Twits and Alice’s Adventure’s Underground.

Nick Barnes and Finn Caldwell – who previously collaborated on War Horse and The Lorax – created the puppets for the show. And the cast includes Dominic Allen, Alice Bounce, Caroline Bowman, Owen Jenkins and Rosie Nicholls.

The production is on at The Lowry in Salford Quays from 22nd to 25th June. There are still tickets available, so if you’d like to see it visit or call 0843 208 6000.

Where else is it on?

The production has already been on at several theatres across the country. After the showing at The Lowry, the tour is going to the following locations:



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