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Chitty musical takes flight on UK tour

West Yorkshire Playhouse’s record-breaking musical transfers nationally.

West Yorkshire Playhouse have announced that their biggest ever Christmas show, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, has taken off on a major tour of the UK and Ireland.

Almost 60,000 people watched Chitty fly on the Quarry stage in Artistic Director James Brining’s brand new version of the iconic musical, which has broken Playhouse box office records by taking more than £1.5million in ticket sales.

Don Gallagher as Baron Bomburst with Tamsin Carroll as Baroness Bomburst. Photo: WYP.

Don Gallagher as Baron Bomburst with Tamsin Carroll as Baroness Bomburst. Photo: WYP.

Co-producers West Yorkshire Playhouse and Music & Lyrics are now taking the show to 19 venues on a year-long tour of the UK and Ireland, starting at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton on February 10th. The touring production sees new cast members Jason Manford, Phill Jupitus, Michelle Collins and Martin Kemp joining the Chitty company in the roles of Caractacus Potts, Baron Bomburst, Baroness Bomburst and the Childcatcher, with further casting to be announced.

Director James Brining said: “Creating a brand new production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang here in Yorkshire was a huge opportunity and we’re immensely proud to be taking the show out on a year-long tour. We enjoyed fantastic reactions in Leeds so we’re thrilled that thousands more people across the country will get to see our retelling of this iconic story.”

To read the review from Entertainment Focus, click here.

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