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Phill Jupitus, Jason Manford and cast rehearse Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

The UK tour of this classic musical opens in Southampton next month


Images have been released showing the cast of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in rehearsals ahead of a UK tour which kicks off in Southampton next month.

The cast includes Jason Manford (The Producers) as Caractacus Potts, Martin Kemp (EastEnders, The Krays) as the Childcatcher and Amy Griffiths (Everyman, Stephen Ward, The Pajama Game) as Truly Scrumptious.

The production also features Phill Jupitus (The Producers, Hairspray) as Lord Scrumptious/Baron Bomburst, Michelle Collins (EastEnders) as Baroness Bomburst, and Andy Hockley (The Phantom Of The Opera) as Grandpa Potts.

The cast is completed by Ewen Cummins (The Toymaker/Mr Coggins), Sam Harrison (Boris), Scott Paige (Goran), Kathryn Barnes, Rosanna Bates, Alex Louize Bird, Abigail Climer, Jade Davies, Matt Gillett, Ewan Gillies, Joanna Goodwin, Nathan Vaughan Harris, Christopher D Hunt, Paul Iveson, Nia Jermin, Kelsie-Rae Marshall, Mollie Melia-Redgrave, Perry O'Dea, Matt Overfield, Ross Russell, Craig Turner and Robert Wilkes.

The new production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - which has music and lyrics by Richard M Sherman and Robert B Sherman (Mary Poppins, The Aristocats, The Jungle Book) - will be directed by James Brining, with new choreography by Stephen Mear and musical supervision by Stephen Ridley.

The tour opens at The Mayflower in Southampton on 10 February before touring to Dublin, Belfast, Stoke, Southend, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Newcastle, Plymouth, Sheffield, Cardiff, Canterbury, Birmingham, Northampton, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and completing in Woking on 19 November 2016.