19-29 October 2016
Reviewed by Emily Crombie
Last night my daughter and I attended the opening night of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow.
The show is based on the book by Ian Fleming of James Bond fame, which he wrote for his son Caspar and was published posthumously in October 1964. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang has been the longest running show at the London Palladium where it ran from 2002 until 2005.
Caractacus Potts, played by Jason Manford, along with his children, Jeremy (Elliot Morris) and Jemima (Darcy Snares), save the old champion Grand Prix racing car from the scrapheap where Caractacus an inventor restores it to its former glory and more. As the Baron and his Vulgarian spies attempt to discover the formula to the cars magic flying power, the children are trapped by the rather frightening Child-catcher before being rescued by their Father and Truly Scrumptious (Charlotte Wakefield). Claire Sweeney was perfectly cast as the Baroness, a real comedy character.
This very British classic directed by James Brining was very well received by the full house and especially by the many children who were enthralled from start to finish.
The show takes shape against the amazing backdrops with the animations creating great dimension to the stage and taking the audience along for the ride over land, across the sea and through the sky.
Unsurprisingly my daughters favourite part was the flying car! It was truly a fantastic performance from this star studded cast but Darcy and Elliot are surely stars of the future.
The King’s Theatre is located in Bath Street in Glasgow’s city centre conveniently located as short taxi ride or walk from Queen Street train station. A lovely theatre with friendly staff.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang runs until Saturday 29th October at the King’s Theatre, Glasgow and tours the UK until February 2017.
Tickets cost from £20.40 to £53.40 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow until 29 October 2016. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 871 7648.
King’s Theatre, 297 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4JN | 0844 871 7648