Further casting has been announced for the Music & Lyrics Limited and West Yorkshire Playhouse production of the much-loved Sherman Brothers musical CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG. The 2016-17 UK and Ireland tour opened at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton on 10 February 2016.
From 4 May until 2 October, Carrie Hope Fletcher (Les Misérables, War of the Worlds) will play Truly Scrumptious. From 4 May until 21 August, Shaun Williamson (The Railway Children, EastEnders) will play Lord Scrumptious/Baron Bomburst. Phill Jupitus (The Producers, Hairspray), who currently plays the roles of Lord Scrumptious and Baron Bomburst, returns to the show from 24 August.
As previously announced Lee Mead (Casualty, Legally Blonde, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat) will play Caractacus Potts from 4 May until 18 September, with Jason Manford (The Producers, Sweeney Todd) returning to the role, which he is currently playing, from 21 September 2016.
Martin Kemp continues as the Childcatcher until 24 April. Casting for further dates is to be announced.
Both Michelle Collins (EastEnders, Coronation Street) as Baroness Bomburst, and Andy Hockley (The Phantom Of The Opera) as Grandpa Potts continue in their roles until 4 February 2017.
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.
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.
There are 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.
For more information, visit www.chittythemusical.co.uk
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
25 January – 4 February Bristol Hippodrome 0844 871 3012
Further tour dates to be announced