This was a real treat of a show for us! We all LOVE the movie version of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang so we were very excited to see the live musical show (althought my little brother (6) was a bit nervous about the Childcatcher).
It was however all fantastic! The two spies (Goran and Boris) are hilarious and their disguise outfits (bushes, petrol pumps…etc.) had us all in stitches. Of course, we knew all the songs and they were brilliantly brought to life by the dancers – and particularly by the children playing Jeremy and Jemima (Henry Kent and Caitlin Surtees on the night we were there). It was a sell-out and there was a great atmosphere, we couldn’t help but sing along …and even found ourselves clapping when Chitty actually drove onto the stage (my little brother even said this was his favourite character!). Our favourite songs were ‘Me Ol’ Bamboo’ and ‘Posh’.
We won’t spoil it, but the stunts are the best and what Chitty can actually do is amazing! My mum said it was one of the best shows she had seen for special effects. 10 out of 10 from us …and we all skipped back to the car singing “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang we love you…”!
Directed by West Yorkshire Playhouse Artistic Director James Brining, with choreography by Stephen Mear and production design by Simon Higlett, this new production of the much-loved Sherman Brothers musical stars Jon Robyns and Amy Griffiths. The memorable score includes such standards as Truly Scrumptious, Toot Sweets, Hushabye Mountain and the Oscar-nominated title song Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
The run at the West Yorkshire Playhouse (2 December 2015 – 30 January 2016) will be followed by a UK & Ireland Tour. Suitable for all ages 5+.
See more at www.chittythemusical.co.uk