Preview: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Preview: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

The most fantastic magical musical of all time, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, opens at Mayflower Theatre Southampton on 30 April 2024, where it will play until 12 May 2024 ahead of its UK tour.

In Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, we meet absent-minded inventor Caractacus Potts who restores a broken-down old racing car with the help of his children Jemima and Jeremy.

Soon the family discover the car has magical powers, and along with the delectable Truly Scrumptious, the family end up on a hilarious fantastical adventure to far off lands.

Based on Ian Fleming’s timeless story for children and later made into the famous 1968 film, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang features the unforgettable songs by the Sherman Brothers including Toot Sweets, Hush-a-bye Mountain, Truly Scrumptious, and the Academy Award-nominated title song, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Liam Fox, best known for playing the role of Dan Spencer in ITV’s Emmerdale, where he featured in more than a thousand episodes will play Grandpa Potts, alongside Olivier-nominee Adam Garcia as Caractacus Potts.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang has music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, music by special arrangement with Sony/ATV Publishing and is adapted for the stage by Jeremy Sams. Based on the MGM Motion Picture, the licensed script is adapted by Ray Roderick.

This new production will be directed by Mayflower Theatre’s Artistic Director, Thom Southerland (Titanic, Parade), choreographed by Karen Bruce (BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, The Bodyguard) with set and costume design by Morgan Large (Newsies, Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat), orchestrations and musical supervision by George Dyer (The Wizard of Oz, Annie, Billy Elliot) and casting by Debbie O’Brien.

This production is presented by permission of Music Theatre International.

Tickets for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Tuesday 30 April – Sunday 12 May 2024) are on sale at or 02380 711811.

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