Theatre Review: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - West Yorkshire Playhouse ✭✭✭✭✭

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Jon Robyns, Lucy Sherman, Harry Grasby and Amy Griffiths
Credit - Alastair Muir
West Yorkshire Playhouse 
Review by Sara Burns

Thursday 10th December 2015: West Yorkshire Playhouse's Artistic Director James Brining explains that, 'the act of telling the story is as powerful as the story itself' – and this retelling does just that.
The Ian Fleming fairytale fantasy of a flying car; an unconventional family and a world of eccentric characters lives up to expectations.

The attention to detail and utter magic of the production mirrors in genius the inventions of Caractacus Potts, immersing the audience into a world that turns the cogs of the imagination.

Jon Robyns takes the lead role as inventor and storyteller Potts, whose talent is apparent in not only his versatility and voice, but in his natural interaction and sensitivity as a performer as dedicated father to Jeremy and Jemima, played by young actors Henry Kent and Caitlin Surtees.

Amy Griffiths, Stephen Matthews and Ewen Cummins
Credit - Alastair Muir
Joined by the delightful Amy Griffiths as a forward thinking Truly Scrumptious with a flair for mechanics, this production takes us back to a time where childhood dreams, fears and imaginings touch both adults and innocents alike.

With scenic and lighting design from Simon Higlett and Tim Mitchell, the creative aspects of this show are not to be underestimated. The outstanding production values only go to further enhance this magical machine - enhancing the already a super slick ensemble of dancers and hugely talented character actors.

In the words of the catchy song that bookends the show 'Team Work' can most certainly make a 'Dream work.'

Five stars ✭✭✭✭✭


CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG plays at the West Yorkshire Playhouse until 30 January 2016, 

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2016 Tour Dates
10–21 February: Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
24 February – 13 March: Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin
16 – 27:  March Grand Opera House, Belfast
30 March – 9 April: Regent Theatre, Stoke           
13 – 24 April: Cliffs Pavilion, Southend
4 – 14 May: Milton Keynes Theatre
18 – 29 May: Nottingham Theatre Royal
1 – 12 June: Theatre Royal, Newcastle
29 June – 17 July: Sheffield Lyceum
20 – 30 July: New Wimbledon Theatre
3 – 21 August: Wales Millennium Centre
24 August – 3 September: Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
7 – 18 September: Birmingham Hippodrome
21 September – 2 October: Royal & Derngate, Northampton
5 – 16 October: Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
19 – 29 October: King’s Theatre, Glasgow
9 – 19 November: New Victoria Theatre, Woking
Further tour dates to be announced