SHERMAN BROTHERS’ CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG
FULL CAST ANNOUNCED FOR WEST YORKSHIRE PLAYHOUSE RUN ONLY
FROM 2 DECEMBER 2015 – 30 JANUARY 2016
WITH A NATIONAL PRESS NIGHT ON THURSDAY 10 DECEMBER
Casting has been announced for the West Yorkshire Playhouse and Music & Lyrics Limited production of the much-loved Sherman Brothers musical CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, opening at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds on 2 December, with a national press night on Thursday 10 December, for a nine-week season finishing on 30 January 2016.
Jon Robyns (Memphis, Spamalot, Avenue Q) will play Caractacus Potts, with Amy Griffiths (Everyman, Stephen Ward, The Pajama Game) as Truly Scrumptious.
CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG will also feature Don Gallagher as Lord Scrumptious/Baron Bomburst, Tamsin Carroll as Baroness Bomburst, Stephen Matthews as The Childcatcher and Andy Hockley as Grandpa Potts.
Ewen Cummins plays The Toymaker/Mr Coggins, with Sam Harrison as Boris and Scott Paige as Goran, and Kathryn Barnes, Rosanna Bates, Alex Louize Bird, Abigail Climer, Jade Davies, Matt Gillett, Ewan Gillies, Joanna Goodwin, 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, who were also responsible for Mary Poppins, The Slipper and the Rose, The Aristocats and The Jungle Book. The Sherman Brothers have won two Academy Awards with a further nine nominations, two Grammy Awards and they have received 21 gold and platinum albums.
The film made from Ian Fleming’s classic story has been adapted for the stage by Jeremy Sams, based on the MGM Motion Picture Licensed Script adapted by Ray Roderick.
This new production of CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG will be directed by West Yorkshire Playhouse Artistic Director James Brining, with new choreography by Stephen Mear. There will be a live orchestra with Musical Supervision by Stephen Ridley. Set and costume design is by Simon Higlett, lighting design is by Tim Mitchell, sound design is by Ben Harrison and video design is by Simon Wainwright.
The new production will have sensational sets and stunning special effects and, of course, the memorable score by the Sherman Brothers, which includes such standards as Truly Scrumptious, Toot Sweets, Hushabye Mountain and the Oscar-nominated title song Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG will begin a UK and Ireland Tour on 10 February at Southampton Mayflower. Further details of the tour to be announced.
This production is presented by permission of JOSEF WEINBERGER LIMITED on behalf of MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL of New York.
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LISTINGS INFORMATION for WEST YORKSHIRE PLAYHOUSE
2 December 2015 – 30 January 2016 West Yorkshire Playhouse Tel. 0113 213 7700
NOTES TO EDITOR
West Yorkshire Playhouse has a reputation both nationally and internationally as a leading UK producing theatre. The theatre is a cultural hub, a place where people gather to tell and share stories and to engage in world class theatre. From large scale spectacle to intimate performance the Playhouse develops and makes work for the stage, for found spaces, for touring, for schools and community venues. Alongside work for the stage the Playhouse is dedicated to providing creative engagement opportunities, building and running sustainable projects that reach out to a diverse range of communities. Supporting new and emerging artists is key and the theatre provides creative space for new writers, emerging directors, companies and individual theatre makers to refine their practice. Work for 2015/16 includes RICHARD III directed by Mark Rosenblatt; Greta Scacchi in Tennessee Williams’ THE GLASS MENAGERIE; Testament in BLAKE REMIXED at the Edinburgh Fringe; a new production of CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG directed by James Brining and the redevelopment of Brining’s award-winning production of SWEENEY TODD with the WNO and WMC
Music & Lyrics Limited is an award-winning nationwide consortium comprised of the UK’s major independent touring theatres. It aims to champion music theatre in all its forms and provide extended life to productions created by the UK’s major producing theatres. Music & Lyrics won The Renee Stepham Award for Best Presentation of Touring Theatre at the UK Theatre Awards 2012.
Music & Lyrics was founded in 2011 and its inaugural production was a revival of Curve Leicester’s celebrated production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I, which was nominated for Best Touring Production in the UK Theatre Awards 2012. . This was followed by a tour of High Society in 2012. The 2013/14 tour of Fiddler on the Roof starring Paul Michael Glaser and directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood was nominated for three awards in the Manchester Theatre Awards including Best Musical, and won Emily O’Keefe the BroadwayWorld.com UK Award for Best Featured Actress in a New Production of a Musical for her role as Tzeitel. Between them, these three tours played over 500 performances, were seen by almost half a million people, and grossed £12million at the box office.
Music & Lyrics’ most recent production was the current critically acclaimed UK and Ireland Tour of Oklahoma!, directed by Rachel Kavanaugh, with new choreography by Drew McOnie, which starred Belinda Lang, Gary Wilmot, Ashley Day, Charlotte Wakefield and Nic Greenshields.
Led by Executive Producer, John Stalker, Music & Lyrics is unique amongst touring companies committed to presenting musicals as it is a consortium of the UK’s largest and most successful No1 presenting venues – each member sharing the risks and rewards of bringing major musical productions to large and enthusiastic audiences.
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