This was the second time I saw Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in the Theatre and it was brilliant! As soon as I saw it advertised, I knew I had to book to see it again. It has always been one of my favourite go-to pick me up movies along with Mary Poppins, which I also wanted to see again, but unfortunately, it was sold out.
When it was announced that Lee Mead (who I saw in Pantomime at the beginning of the year) and Carrie Hope Fletcher would be staring as Caractacus Potts & Truly Scrumptious, I was thrilled. Carrie is not only my favourite YouTuber but I’ve always wanted to go see her as an actress in Les Mis but didn’t manage to get there before she moved on from the show.
A Little About Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is all about an old race car which has been left at a junkyard. The car was famous back in the day and won all its races, but now it is just gathering dust and is the play car for Jeremy and Jemima (the son & daughter of the inventor Caractacus Potts). While there, they meet a wonderful posh lady called Truly Scrumptious, the daughter of a sweet factory owner.
Caractacus buys the car and fixes it up for the children and on their first outing it starts making a noise from the exhaust. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and that’s where the name comes from.
The car is very precious and is wanted by the evil Lord & Baroness in Vulgaria who send their (comedic) spy’s to go and buy the car or steal it. This is where the story begins…
My Thoughts on the Show
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang has got to be one of my top 10 theatre shows to watch. It is so uplifting, fun and colourful. The show from beginning to end was spectacular.
Putting to one side that Carrie Hope Fletcher is one of my favourite YouTubers, and I have watched all her Vlogs while being on the tour of Chitty; I can honestly say that Carrie was amazing. I didn’t feel as if I was watching her on the stage as her voice and acting really made me believe she was Truly. I got lost in the show and it was magical.
Also through watching the vlogs which Carrie made, I am very familiar with Scott Paige and also Sam Harrison who play the hilarious Spy duo Goran & Boris. They were a perfect duo and had amazing one-liners throughout the show. I was gutted when they weren’t on the stage for a few minutes as they always added the comedy and colour to the show. I have to say that they were both my favourite thing about the show.
Lee Mead was once again great as Caractacus. He played the role well, but I do say that I saw Brian Connely last time as Caractacus and Lee was just pipped to the post. Lee did an amazing job though and I’d love to see him again in another show.
The hidden gems of the show for me were Andy Hockley as Grandpa Potts and Matt Gillet as the Child Catcher. Andy had so much energy and played the role exactly like the movie character, and Matt was pure evil! He also was exactly like I hoped, evil, light on his feet and did I mention evil? Purely brilliant acting from these two.
Phil Jupitus & Clare Sweeney were Lord & Baroness Bomburst and were funny. The Baroness was always trying to get the Lord’s attention and he was just a child in a grown man’s body. The pair obviously had a lot of fun playing the roles.
Everything about the show was great, even down to the visual effects on the stage and the star of the show Chitty was spectacular. I can’t wait for Chitty to come back to Birmingham in a year or two so I can go see it again.
Other Information and Review
Review Score – 5/5
Location – Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst St, Southside, Birmingham B5 4TB
Date Seen – Friday 16th September 2016 (Evening Performance)
Top Tips – Sitting in the stalls will give you the best view for the show.
Where to Buy Tickets – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Official Website
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