CASTING ANNOUNCEMENT: David Walliams' The First Hippo on the Moon

CASTING ANNOUNCEMENT: David Walliams' The First Hippo on the Moon

Les Petits are excited to announce the full cast of David Wallaims’ The First Hippo on the Moon! Dominic Allen, Alice Bounce, Caroline Bowman, Owen Jenkins and Rosie Nicholls will star in the stage adaptation of the best-selling children’s book written by David Williams with illustrations by Tony Ross.

Dominic Allen trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. His theatre credits include The Crucible and Sleeping Beauty (Bristol Old Vic), Forty Years On and Peter Pan (York Theatre Royal), Fable (Greenwich Theatre), Lorca is Dead (Belt Up Theatre, Southwark Playhouse), The Atlantis Project (Belt Up Theatre, Punchdrunk Enrichment), Sherlock Holmes: A Working Hypothesis (Flanagan Collective) and, for Les Enfants Terribles, The Fantastical Flying Exploratory Laboratory.

Alice Bounce began her career in cabaret and clowning and toured the UK and Europe in an all-female vaudeville clown troupe after completing her Masters in Physical Theatre. Alice’s theatre credits include Dinner at the Twits, Alice’s Adventures Underground, The Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie (Les Enfants Terribles), Treasure Island, The Ice Queen (IPA Productions), The Box (Flipping the Bird), The Imaginarium (Petersham Playhouse), Bearskin (Arcane Productions), Chairman Ubu (Battersea Arts Centre), Prospero’s Tavern (Boom Boom Club/Time Out) Travels with Grandad (Pickled Image), The Apocalypse Gameshow (The 3k Cabaret), Silent Night Unholy Night (Time Out) and Alice in Wasteland (Pyratrix Circus). In addition to her work on stage, Alice’s Assistant Director credits include The Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie and Time Portal.

Caroline Bowman has worked on screen and stage as a puppeteer and has made puppets for various companies including Third Party Productions, Old Saw Theatre, Slot Machine Theatre and Watershed Productions. Her additional theatre credits include the London Olympics Opening Ceremony, Fantastic Mr Fox (Little Angel Theatre) and Warhorse (National Theatre). Caroline has also assisted in the making of the puppets for The First Hippo on the Moon. She the designer and head puppet-maker for Puppets With Guts. 

Owen Jenkins trained at The Oxford School of Drama. His theatre credits include The Game’s Afoot, The Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie UK Indoor and Outdoor tour,  (Les Enfants Terribles), 139 Copeland Road (Abbey Normal Theatre), Goosebumps Alive (The Vaults), Broken Windows (Pleasance Courtyard, Camden People's Theatre), Trouble (Soho Theatre), Machinal (Pegasus Theatre), Epoch Film Noir, 1950 and 1985 (The Vaults), Jungle Book, The Snow Queen (both Image Musical Theatre UK Tours) and Typos (Etcetera Theatre) which he also co-wrote.

Rosie trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. She is a member of the Young Artist Lab at Theatre Royal Stratford East, where she is developing her new play Solo; she also produces and writes for Hog the Dog Productions. Theatre credits include: Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs 2: The Magic Cutlass (Les Petits Theatre), Love for Love (Bristol Old Vic), Woman and Scarecrow (Brewery Theatre), ROAD (Circomedia), Sauce For The Goose (West Country Tour). TV: The Mire (Eclectic Films), Liar (ITV)


The cast begin rehearsals on 23rd November in preparation for the show’s world premiere at The Royal Hippodrome Theatre in Eastbourne, performing from the 12th December – 7th January. From then the show goes on a nationwide tour playing at over 40 venues between 17th January – 13th July 2017.

David Walliams’ The First Hippo on the Moon is an explosively funny space adventure which sees the enormously rich Hercules Waldorf-Franklin III and ingenious Shelia compete to be the first hippo to make it to the moon.  

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