Charlotte Wakefield and Jos Vantyler will join the cast of the UK tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang from October 2016. Wakefield will be playing the role of Truly Scrumptious and Vantyler takes the role of Childcatcher in the much-loved Sherman Brothers musical, which continues to tour with dates until 4 February 2017.
They join the previously announced Jason Manford (The Producers, Sweeney Todd) as Caractacus Pott, Phill Jupitus (The Producers, Hairspray) as Lord Scrumptious and Baron Bomburst, Claire Sweeney (Hairspray, Chicago, Guys and Dolls) as Baroness Bomburst and Andy Hockley (The Phantom of the Opera) as Grandpa Potts.
This classic musical has music and lyrics by Richard M Sherman and Robert B Sherman, who were also responsible for Mary Poppins, The Slipper and the Rose, The Aristocats and The Jungle Book. It includes songs such as ‘Toot Sweets’ and ‘Hushabye Mountain’ as well as the classic theme song ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’.
Directed by West Yorkshire Playhouse Artistic Director James Brining, the production features choreography by Stephen Mear, set and costume design by Simon Higlett, lighting design by Tim Mitchell, sound design by Ben Harrison and video design is by Simon Wainwright.