Music & Lyrics and West Yorkshire Playhouse have announced that Matt Gillett will play the role of The Childcatcher in the Sherman Brothers musical CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, which is touring across the UK and Ireland until February 2017. Matt was already a part of the ensemble when the producers discovered his talent for playing this iconic role. John Stalker, Executive Producer of Music & Lyrics, said, “We are delighted to offer Matt this starring role having understudied the part of The Childcatcher since the beginning of the show in Leeds. Matt’s performance will have everyone on the edge of their seats!” Martin Kemp, who currently plays The Childcatcher, leaves the production on 24th April 2016 and Matt will be taking over the role from 4th May 2016 in Milton Keynes.
From 4th May 2016, Matt Gillett, who previously played Bob Crewe in the UK & Ireland Tour of Jersey Boys and appeared in Top Hat in London’s West End, will join Lee Mead (Casualty, Legally Blonde, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat) as Caractacus Potts, Carrie Hope Fletcher (Les Misérables, War of the Worlds) as Truly Scrumptious, Shaun Williamson (The Railway Children, EastEnders) as Lord Scrumptious/Baron Bomburst, Michelle Collins (EastEnders, Coronation Street) as Baroness Bomburst, and Andy Hockley (The Phantom Of The Opera) as Grandpa Potts.
Jason Manford (The Producers, Sweeney Todd), who plays Caractacus Potts until 24 April, returns to the role on 21 September. Phill Jupitus (The Producers, Hairspray), who plays Lord Scrumptious and Baron Bomburst until 24 April, returns to the show from 24 August.
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, 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.
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 is directed by West Yorkshire Playhouse Artistic Director James Brining, with new choreography by Stephen Mear. There is 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.
LISTINGS INFORMATION for THE UK AND IRELAND TOUR
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
25 January – 4 February Bristol Hippodrome 0844 871 3012
Further tour dates to be announced