Matt Gillett is taking over from Martin Kemp as The Childcatcher in the UK tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Kemp plays his final performance on 24th April, with Gillett taking over from 4th May in Milton Keynes.
Gillett currently understudies The Childcatcher and is part of the ensemble. His theatre credits include Bob Crewe in Jersey Boys (UK & ireland tour) and Top Hat (West End).
Producer John Stalker said: "We are delighted to offer Matt this starring role having understudied the part of The Childcatcher since the beginning of the show in Leeds. Matt's performance will have everyone on the edge of their seats!”
Gillett will star alongside Lee Mead as Caractacus Potts, Carrie Hope Fletcher as Truly Scrumptious, Shaun Williamson as Lord Scrumptious/Baron Bomburst, Michelle Collins as Baroness Bomburst and Andy Hockley as Grandpa Potts.
Jason Manford is currently playing Caractacus Potts until 24th April and returns to the role on 21st September. Phill Jupitus, who plays Lord Scrumptious/Baron Bomburst until 24th April, returns to the show from 24th August.
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, 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.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang has music and lyrics by Richard M Sherman and Robert B Sherman. The UK tour is directed by James Brining, with choreography by Stephen Mear.