He will be joined by Alvin Stardust (70s pop sensation) as the evil Child Catcher, and Tony Adams (Adam Chance in the long running soap opera Crossroads) as Grandpa Potts reprising their roles from the final London Palladium cast when the show lands this summer at The Mayflower Southampton (22 June - 15 September).
Having been nominated for three Olivier Awards including Best Musical and winning Best Musical in the 2003 Variety Club Awards, Chitty then went on to break every record at the London Palladium. The longest running show in the history of the Palladium, beating Cameron Mackintosh's production of Oliver and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang has soared to even greater heights. It opened on Broadway to critical acclaim and was nominated for five Tony Awards and now the most fantasmagorical musical of all time lands on stage at The Mayflower as part of its European Tour!
With a cast and crew of over 100 (including 10 dogs), sensational sets and stunning special effects this action-packed adventure is the story of the magical car, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Eccentric inventor Caractacus Potts, and his two children Jemima and Jeremy alongside Truly Scrumptious and Grandpa Potts, all try and outwit the dastardly Baron and the evil Child Catcher.
Adrian Noble directs the first stage adaptation of the classic 1968 film by Ian Fleming, featuring favourite songs Truly Scrumptious, Toot Sweets, Hushabye Mountain and the Oscar-nominated title song. Adapted from the original by Jeremy Sams with design by Anthony Ward, choreography by Gillian Lynne and lighting by Mark Henderson.
Presented by Barbara Broccoli, Michael G Wilson, Dana Broccoli, Frederick Zollo, Nicholas Paleologos, Jeffery Sine and Michael Rose Ltd.
"Chitty Chitty Bang Bang remains an amazing spectacle, with sets to take the breath away and hi-tech wizadry that makes Harry Potter look pedestrian"
Tickets for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (22 June - 15 September) are available from The Mayflower Box Office 023 80 711811, online at www.the-mayflower.com or in person from Mayflower Ticketsouth, at WestQuay Shopping Centre, Southampton. -- www.the-mayflower.com