NEW PRODUCTION OF THE CLASSIC
SHERMAN BROTHERS MUSICAL
TOUR BEGINS AT MAYFLOWER THEATRE
10-21 FEBRUARY 2016
TICKETS ON SALE FRI 1 MAY
West Yorkshire Playhouse and Music & Lyrics Limited present a new production of one of the world’s favourite musicals, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The UK & Ireland Tour opens at Mayflower Theatre from Wed 10 to Sun 21 February 2016 following a Christmas season at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds. Casting to be announced.
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 Aristocatsand 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 and production design by Simon Higlett.
James Brining said, “Directing such an iconic show is a great opportunity, a thrilling challenge for any director. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a brilliant adventure story, filled with classic songs and scenes that hold so many memories for so many people. I cannot wait to bring the show not only to Leeds but also to audiences across the UK and Ireland.”
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.
Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli commented, “We are delighted Chitty will fly once again around the UK and Ireland. The show has a very special place in our hearts and we are happy to entrust it to Music & Lyrics and the West Yorkshire Playhouse.”
Michael Ockwell, Mayflower Theatre Chief Executive and a Director of Music & Lyrics said, “We are honoured to be bringing Chitty Chitty Bang Bang back to the Mayflower Theatre stage and into the lives of thousands of theatregoers. Our delightful new production will enthral lovers of the iconic and beloved film and introduce Chitty to new audiences yet to discover her in the metal so to speak. This is going to be a truly scrumptious production and once again I am delighted that another UK tour will begin in Southampton.”
This production is presented by permission of JOSEF WEINBERGER LIMITED on behalf of MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL of New York.