Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – Northern Light Theatre Company

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – Northern Light Theatre Company

Reviewed by Kerry Cooper
April 2018

Most would remember the 1968 film of the same name, starring Dick Van Dyke, but if you are not familiar with the film like me, then you are in for the ride of your life.

Director Gordon Coombes has directed a superb cast in this musical adaptation. With the support of musical director Paul Sinkinson and Choreographer Sue Pole, this well-rounded production is a hit!

Award winning actor Andrew Crispe is everything you want in a leading man. His smooth and emotive vocals, his stage presence and charm make him a perfect Caractacus Potts. Kate Hodges plays the love interest, Truly Scrumptious and is delightful in her portrayal. The Potts’ children, Jemima and Jeremy, are played by Holly Abbott and Harry Ince respectively. Their enthusiasm is infectious!

Sets design by Coombes and John Sheehan was inspired; some of their creative inventions were a highlight. Costumes by Coombes and Ann Humphries added colour and pizzazz.

This production peaked with well-choreographed numbers; highlights included Toot Sweets. Me Ol’ Bamboo and Doll on a Music Box.

With a strong supportive cast, such as Gavin Cianci as the Baron and Georgia Stockham as the Baroness and a talented ensemble, this musical peaked many times throughout the evening.

It would be remiss of me not to mention the main prop. Chitty was a marvel, transporting the Potts family across the water and sky. The audience showing their appreciation many times.

This flying-car musical is fantasmagorical and not to be missed.

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