Casting announced for Billionaire Boy The Musical

Posted on 17 October 2018

Following the announcement of an exciting new co-production between the Belgrade and Nuffield Southampton Theatres, we’re thrilled to announce full casting for our forthcoming musical adaptation of David Walliams’ Billionaire Boy.

Written by Jon Brittain (Margaret Thatcher: Queen of Soho) with music by prolific pop song writers Miranda Cooper and Nick Coler, direction by Luke Shepard (In The Heights, Murder for Two) and casting by Annelie Powell, the production will run in Southampton over Christmas, before transferring to Coventry in February 2019.

Ryan Heenan (Moonfleet, Grease, Peter Pan) stars in the title role as Joe Spud, a young boy whose life is transformed when his father becomes unexpectedly rich after inventing a new kind of toilet paper. Dean Nolan (Brief Encounter, Big Fish) co-stars as Joe’s billionaire father, Len, alongside Avita Jay (Bring on the Bollywood, The Secret Garden) as his girlfriend Sapphire.

Playing Joe’s best friend, Bob, will be Lem Knights (The One Hundred and One Dalmatians, One Love: The Bob Marley Musical), with Sophia Nomvete (Miss Littlewood, Vice Versa) co-starring as Bob’s Mum. Jared Leathwood and Natalie Morgan (Gala, Mountains of Madness) will play school bullies Sue and Dave Grubb, while Eleanor Kane (Fun Home) plays the mysterious Lauren. Completing the cast as MD/Ensemble and Drummer/Ensemble respectively are Alex “Teddy” Clements (Fortune Lane, Things We’re Learning Now) and Daisy Noir.

Imagine being the wealthiest child in the land!

One-day, factory worker Len Spud invents a new loo roll “Bum Fresh – wet on one side, dry on the other, and the wiping-wonder becomes an instant hit! Len, and his son Joe, become overnight billionaires, turning their lives upside-down.

Whilst Mr Spud spends, spends, spends on fast cars, 100-inch TVs, and lavish gifts for his glamorous new girlfriend, Sapphire Diamond, Joe is left to fend for himself.

In the unforgiving world of the school playground, things are about to get more complicated. With his new best friend, Bob, at his side, Joe navigates an assault course of school bullies and dangerously inedible canteen food. To make matters worse, is the impossibly pretty new girl Lauren all that she appears to be?

But can money really buy happiness? This hilarious new musical adaptation is a triumphant treat for the whole family, based on the bestselling book by David Walliams, and produced by Nuffield Southampton in partnership with the Belgrade Theatre.

David Walliams is a global phenomenon in the world of children’s literature with worldwide sales of over 19.5 million books in more than 53 languages. He is the first children’s author to spend 100 weeks in the number one position in the UK children’s book charts, beating his nearest rivals by over 20 weeks. Three of his books have been awarded Children’s Book of the Year at the National Book Awards. Additionally, The Boy in the Dress, Ratburger, Mr Stink and Gangsta Granny have all been adapted for TV. As well as being a bestselling children’s author, Walliams is one of Britain’s most popular writers and comic actors. Along with Matt Lucas, he created the BAFTA award-winning Little Britain which also played to over 1 million people on tour across the UK, Ireland and Australia. He starred in the Agatha Christie TV series Partners in Crime and as Frankie Howerd in the biopic Rather You Than Me. He is also a judge on one of the biggest shows on TV, Britain’s Got Talent.

Jon Brittain is a playwright, comedy writer and director. His theatre credits include Rotterdam (Theatre503/Trafalgar Studios/59E59/Arts Theatre – winner of Most Promising Playwright at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2016 and an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre in 2017.), Margaret Thatcher: Queen of Soho, Margaret Thatcher Queen of Game Shows; and A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) which won a Fringe First Award in 2017. He directed both of John Kearns’s Fosters Award winning shows Sight Gags for Perverts and Shtick and Tom Allen’s Both Worlds and Indeed.

Miranda Cooper is a British songwriter. Her credits alongside Nick Coler include writing for Girls Aloud and the Sugababes, Alesha Dixon, Gabriella Cilmi, and Kylie Minogue. Cooper’s songs have spent more years on the UK chart than any other female songwriter in history, and she has penned four number one hits – Round Round, Sound of the Underground, Hole in the Head and The Promise.

Nick Coler is a British songwriter. His credits alongside Miranda Cooper include 35 top 10 hits for acts such as Girls Aloud, The Sugababes, Gabriella Cilmi, Alesha Dixon and numerous other artists. In addition, he co-wrote a song with Alastair Lloyd Webber for Starlight Express as well as numerous films and TV shows including Wayne’s World where he wrote Feed my Frankenstein. He has also been nominated three times for an Ivor Novello Award and has won producer of the year.

Billionaire Boy The Musical shows at the Belgrade Theatre 20-23 February 2019. Tickets are available to book now.