Based on the storybooks by Ian Fleming and the United Artists film of 1968, the stage musical began as a dream of the late Dana Broccoli, wife to the James Bond producer Albert R Broccoli.
It was not until 2002, when producers were confident that the technology existed to fly a tonne and a half of machinery with actors inside, that the musical flew onto the London stage. It opened at the London Palladium to rave reviews on Tuesday 16th April 2002.
Since that time Chitty Chitty Bang Bang has broken every box office record at the famous London theatre. It is the longest running show at the Palladium, beating Oliver! and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor¨ Dreamcoat. During its three and a half year run, the family musical exceeded £70 million in box office revenue. We hope the National UK Tour will continue this record-breaking tradition.
The London Palladium production originally capitalised at £6.2 million and cost approximately one third of a million pounds a week to run in order to pay for the huge cast of actors, children and dogs, not to mention stage management, technicians and musicians.
The Chitty car on tour is the original from the London production and holds the Guinness World Record for being the most expensive prop in the history of British Theatre.
The Chitty tour will be one of the largest ever musicals to tour the British Isles, visiting only the very best and largest theatres in the major cities across the country.
In London and now New York, Chitty has brought a new audience into the theatre as well as the traditional theatregoer. Many families have been introduced to the theatre for the very first time by this spectacular extravaganza ensuring an audience for the future of live theatre and now, with the very first National Tour, this tradition will continue making this a particularly exciting, important and rewarding production to be part of.
Chitty has at its heart two fundamental human desires... the desire to fly and the desire toprotect one’s children, told through a magical journey. It is a story of love and adventure, of good and evil and of a family in search of something missing - all brought together by a fantasmagorical car!
Caractacus Potts - Matt Baker *SUNDERLAND*
Caractacus Potts - Aled Jones * CARDIFF*
Truly Scrumptious - Rachel Stanley
Grandpa Potts - Tony Adams
Baron Bomburst - Edward Peel
Baroness - Kim Ismay
Childcatcher - Ian Watkins
Toymaker/Coggins - Tony Jackson
Boris/Inventor 1 - Jaymz Denning
Goran/Inventor 2 - Nigel Garton
Philips/Inventor 3 - Geoffrey Abbott
Sid/Inventor 4 - Mark Peachey
Turkey Farmer/Inventor 5 - Moray Treadwell
Lord Scrumptious/Inventor 6 - Gary Davis
H will play the Childcatcher in Sunderland from Monday 19th may 2008 until Saturday 7th june 2008 at the Sunderland Empire. And he will play the same role in Cardiff from Thursday 3 july 2008 until Saturday 30th august 2008 at the Wales Millennium Centre.