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Review: Billionaire Boy, at Bloomsbury Theatre

19 December, 2019 — By Angela Cobbinah

Billionaire Boy Live On Stage by Birmingham Stage Company. Photo: Mark Douet

TWELVE-YEAR-OLD Joe seems to have the perfect life. His single parent dad is a millionaire businessman and he is waited on hand and foot by a robot servant.

However, he has no friends and begs to be sent to the local comp –with two conditions – that no one knows how rich he is, and that the origin of the family fortune is the Bum Fresh toilet tissue range. But when Dad delivers Joe’s late homework to the school by helicopter, the game is almost up.

Neil Foster’s lively stage adaptation reflects the cheeky anarchy of David Walliams’ book, another addition to his 23 bestsellers that have earned him the title of the 21st-century Roald Dahl.

The Birmingham Stage Company ensemble provide a rich mix of characters and star turns are Jason Furnival’s slightly bonkers Dad and his shameless gold-digging girlfriend (Rosie Coles), while Matthew Gordon’s likeable but confused Joe learns some valuable lessons about the true meaning of friendship.

Jak Poore’s songs add to the entertainment while Jacqueline Trousdale’s fun stage design is a continuation of the inevitable Bum Fresh jokes that run through the show.

Until January 5, 2020
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