Friday, 16 October 2015

Lee Mead, Martin Kemp & Jason Manford to star in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Casting has been announced for the 2016-17 UK tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang which opens at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton on 10th February 2016 (tour dates below).

Caractacus Potts will be played by Jason Manford (The Producers/ Sweeney Todd) from 10th February until 24th April. He will return to the show from 5th October 2016. 

Lee Mead (Any Dream Will Do/Legally Blonde) will play Caractacus Potts from 4th May until 18th September 2016. 

Martin Kemp (EastEnders/Spandau Ballet) will play the Childcatcher and Amy Griffiths (Everyman/Stephen Ward) will play Truly Scrumptious, both until 24th April 2016.

The Chitty Chitty Bang Bang cast also includes Phill Jupitus (The Producers/Hairspray) as Lord Scrumptious/Baron Bomburst until 24th April 2016, Michelle Collins (EastEnders/Coronation Street) as Baroness Bomburst and Andy Hockley (The Phantom Of The Opera) as Grandpa Potts.

Ewen Cummins plays The Toymaker/Mr Coggins, with Sam Harrison as Boris and Scott Paige as Goran. 

Completing the cast are: 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.

The show will run at the West Yorkshire Playhouse this Christmas starring Jon Robyns as Caractacus Potts, Amy Griffiths as Truly Scrumptious, Don Gallagher as Lord Scrumptious/Baron Bomburst, Tamsin Carroll as Baroness Bomburst, Stephen Matthews as The Childcatcher and Andy Hockley as Grandpa Potts.

Stephen Mear will choreograph the new production with direction from James Brining and design by Simon Higlett.

2016 Tour Dates

10–21 February
Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

24 February – 13 March
Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin

16 – 27 March 
 Grand Opera House, Belfast

30 March – 9 April 
 Regent Theatre, Stoke 

13 – 24 April 
 Cliffs Pavilion, Southend 

4 – 14 May 
 Milton Keynes Theatre 

18 – 29 May 
 Nottingham Theatre Royal

1 – 12 June 
 Theatre Royal, Newcastle 

29 June – 17 July 
 Sheffield Lyceum 

20 – 30 July 
New Wimbledon Theatre 

3 – 21 August 
 Wales Millennium Centre

24 August – 3 September 
 Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury 

7 – 18 September 
 Birmingham Hippodrome 

21 September – 2 October 
 Royal & Derngate, Northampton 

5 – 16 October 
 Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

19 – 29 October 
King’s Theatre, Glasgow 

9 – 19 November 
New Victoria Theatre, Woking 


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