Photo Flash: Inside ALIENS LOVE UNDERPANTS Gala Performance at Leicester Square Theatre

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Based on the hugely successful children's book by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort, ALIENS LOVE UNDERPANTS will premiere in the West End at Leicester Square Theatre through Sunday 31 August, following a highly acclaimed UK tour. A Gala Press Performance was held 2.00pm on Sunday 20 July - check out a look back below!

The story of the mischievous aliens who come to earth on an important mission to steal human's underpants has stunning effects, madcap action, original music and lots of aliens of course!

This zany and hilarious tale, adapted and directed by Adam Bampton-Smith, is being brought to life on stage for the very first time. Adam Bampton-Smith is the Artistic Director of Big Wooden Horse Theatre Company which he founded in 2004. He has written and produced The Legend of Perseus, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, The Night Before Christmas and The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus as well as adapting for the stage the Oliver Jeffers books The Way Back Home and STUCK.

First published in 2007, the UK edition of Aliens Love Underpants has sold more than two million copies and has become a firm family favourite. It was listed as the most borrowed children's book from UK libraries in 2013, and it has been translated into 46 languages. Claire Freedman and Ben Cort have also enjoyed great success with their books Aliens in Underpants Save the World, Dinosaurs Love Underpants, Pirates Love Underpants, Aliens Love Panta Claus and Monstersaurus!, and their new bookMonsters Love Underpants will be published this autumn. Ben also illustrated the recent children's edition of Ringo Starr'sOctopus's Garden.

ALIENS LOVE UNDERPANTS stars Charlotte Cooper as Veronica, Mark Collier as Mr Stevens, Cheryl Felgate as Mum and Harrison Spiers as Timmy - and their magical puppetry skills also bring the colourful cast of aliens to life.

ALIENS LOVE UNDERPANTS is based on the book by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort, and adapted and directed by Adam Bampton-Smith. Design is by Isla Shaw, lighting by Will Evans and choreography by Emma Clayton. The production is produced by Big Wooden Horse and Nick Brooke Limited.

Photos by Dan Hipkin

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Photo Flash: Inside ALIENS LOVE UNDERPANTS Gala Performance at Leicester Square Theatre
Adam Bampton-Smith, Cast

Photo Flash: Inside ALIENS LOVE UNDERPANTS Gala Performance at Leicester Square Theatre
Vincent Simone, Son Luca

Photo Flash: Inside ALIENS LOVE UNDERPANTS Gala Performance at Leicester Square Theatre
Vincent Simone, Son Luca

Photo Flash: Inside ALIENS LOVE UNDERPANTS Gala Performance at Leicester Square Theatre
Kate Garraway, Cast

Photo Flash: Inside ALIENS LOVE UNDERPANTS Gala Performance at Leicester Square Theatre
Martin Offiah, Virginia Shaw, Sons Tyler & Phoenix

Photo Flash: Inside ALIENS LOVE UNDERPANTS Gala Performance at Leicester Square Theatre
Kate Garraway, Cast

Photo Flash: Inside ALIENS LOVE UNDERPANTS Gala Performance at Leicester Square Theatre
Jill Halfpenny, Son Harvey

Photo Flash: Inside ALIENS LOVE UNDERPANTS Gala Performance at Leicester Square Theatre
Jill Halfpenny, Son Harvey

Photo Flash: Inside ALIENS LOVE UNDERPANTS Gala Performance at Leicester Square Theatre
Harrison Spiers

Photo Flash: Inside ALIENS LOVE UNDERPANTS Gala Performance at Leicester Square Theatre
Claire Freedman, Ben Cort, Son Jonny

Photo Flash: Inside ALIENS LOVE UNDERPANTS Gala Performance at Leicester Square Theatre
Cheryl L. felgrate, Harrison Spiers, Claire Freedman

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