A first look at the production photos of the UK and Ireland tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, starring Jason Manford (Caractacus Potts), Martin Kemp (the Childcatcher), Michelle Collins (Baroness Bomburst) and Phill Jupitus (Baron Bomburst).
Directed by James Brining, Artistic Director of the West Yorkshire Playhouse, the tour of the much loved Sherman Brothers musical kicks off in Southampton on Wednesday 10 February 2016.
Cast includes: Caractacus Potts will be played by Jason Manford (The Producers, Sweeney Todd) from 10 February until 24th April, and he will return to the show from 5 October 2016. Lee Mead (Casualty, Legally Blonde, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat) will play Caractacus Potts from 4 May until 18th September 2016.
Martin Kemp (EastEnders, The Krays) will play the Childcatcher and Amy Griffiths (Everyman, Stephen Ward, The Pajama Game) will play Truly Scrumptious, both until 24 April 2016.
CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG will also feature Phill Jupitus (The Producers, Hairspray) as Lord Scrumptious/Baron Bomburst until 24 April 2016, Michelle Collins (EastEnders, Coronation Street) as Baroness Bomburst, and Andy Hockley (The Phantom Of The Opera) as Grandpa Potts.
Ewen Cummins plays The Toymaker/Mr Coggins, with Sam Harrison as Boris and Scott Paige as Goran, and Kathryn Barnes, Rosanna Bates, Alex Louize Bird, Abigail Climer, Jade Davies, Matt Gillett, Ewan Gillies, Joanna Goodwin, Nathan Vaughan Harris, Christopher D Hunt, Paul Iveson, Nia Jermin, Kelsie-Rae Marshall, Mollie Melia-Redgrave, Perry O’Dea, Matt Overfield, Ross Russell, Craig Turner and Robert Wilkes.
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CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG has music and lyrics by Richard M Sherman and Robert B Sherman, who were also responsible for Mary Poppins, The Slipper and the Rose, The Aristocats and The Jungle Book.
The Sherman Brothers have won two Academy Awards with a further nine nominations, two Grammy Awards and they have received 21 gold and platinum albums.
The film made from Ian Fleming’s classic story has been adapted for the stage by Jeremy Sams, based on the MGM Motion Picture Licensed Script adapted by Ray Roderick.
This new production of CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG will be directed by West Yorkshire Playhouse Artistic Director James Brining, with new choreography by Stephen Mear. There will be a live orchestra with Musical Supervision by Stephen Ridley. Set and costume design is by Simon Higlett, lighting design is by Tim Mitchell, sound design is by Ben Harrison and video design is by Simon Wainwright.
There will be sensational sets and stunning special effects and, of course, the memorable score by the Sherman Brothers, which includes such standards as Truly Scrumptious, Toot Sweets, Hushabye Mountain and the Oscar-nominated title song Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
This production is presented by permission of JOSEF WEINBERGER LIMITED on behalf of MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL of New York.
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LISTINGS INFORMATION for THE UK AND IRELAND TOUR
10–21 February Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
24 February – 13 March Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin
www.bordgaisenergytheatre.ie 0844 847 2455
16 – 27 March Grand Opera House, Belfast
www.goh.co.uk/ 028 9024 1919
30 March – 9 April Regent Theatre, Stoke 0844 871 7649
13 – 24 April Cliffs Pavilion, Southend
www.thecliffspavilion.co.uk 01702 351 135
4 – 14 May Milton Keynes Theatre 0844 871 7652
18 – 29 May Nottingham Theatre Royal
www.trch.co.uk 0115 989 5555
1 – 12 June Theatre Royal, Newcastle
www.theatreroyal.co.uk 08448 112 111
15 – 19 June Theatre Royal Plymouth
http://www.theatreroyal.com/ 01752 267222
29 June – 17 July Sheffield Lyceum
www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk 0114 249 6000
20 – 30 July New Wimbledon Theatre
0844 871 7646
3 – 21 August Wales Millennium Centre
www.wmc.org.uk 029 2063 6464
24 August – 3 September Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
7 – 18 September Birmingham Hippodrome
www.birminghamhippodrome.com 0844 338 5000
21 September – 2 October Royal & Derngate, Northampton
5 – 16 October Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
www.edtheatres.com 0131 529 6000
19 – 29 October King’s Theatre, Glasgow 0844 871 7648
9 – 19 November New Victoria Theatre, Woking 0844 871 7645
6 December – 15 January 2017 The Lowry, Salford 0843 208 6000
Further tour dates to be announced