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My Dad’s Gap Year Q&A video & photos: Launching Tom Wright & Rikki Beadle-Blair’s unstoppable collaboration

In Features, Interviews, London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Quotes, Ticket recommendations by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

The Park Theatre has been absolutely buzzing with two sell-out shows, including in Park 90, Tom Wright’s debut play My Dad’s Gap Year, which has nearly sold out the rest of its run too. What’s the secret alchemy between Wright and his director Rikki Beadle-Blair?

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NEWS: Broadway comedy Chinglish gets European premiere in new Park season of comedies

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Park Theatre’s new Spring Summer 2017 season features an array of new writing across both spaces including several world premiere comedies together with the long-awaited European premiere of David Henry Hwang’s Braodway hit Chinglish, an acclaimed musical revival of Jonathan Larson’s tick tick BOOM! and an all-male staging of A Clockwork Orange.

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CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG – Touring

In London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Regional theatre, Reviews, Touring by Jonathan BazLeave a Comment

There’s an aura of timeless quality that pervades the touring production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, currently in its second week at Wimbledon. Ian Fleming’s wonderfully imaginative tale, so quintessentially English, married to the universal appeal of the Sherman Brothers’ songs has made for a 20th century fairy tale that ranks alongside the classics.

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CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG – Touring

In Musicals, Opinion, Regional theatre, Touring by Caroline Hanks-FarmerLeave a Comment

This cast launching the tour has had some changes since leaving the Yorkshire Playhouse where the show was resident over Christmas. I believe they have had just three performances together and whilst there were a couple of times that this showed, along with slight technical issues with “Chitty” neither detracted from the enjoyment of the show.

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PHOTOS: Jason Manford & cast rehearse for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang tour

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Pictures from the rehearsal room just released…. Casting has been announced for the Music & Lyrics Limited and West Yorkshire Playhouse production of the much-loved Sherman Brothers musical CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG. The 2016-17 UK and Ireland tour begins at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton on 10 February 2016.

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NEWS: Jason Manford & Lee Mead play Potts in 2016 Chitty tour

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Casting has been announced for the Music & Lyrics Limited and West Yorkshire Playhouse production of the much-loved Sherman Brothers musical CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG. The 2016-17 UK and Ireland tour begins at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton on 10 February 2016. Caractacus Potts will be played by Jason Manford (The Producers, Sweeney Todd) from 10 February until 24 April, and he will return to the show from 5 October 2016. Lee Mead (Casualty, Legally Blonde, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat) will play Caractacus Potts from 4 May until 18 September 2016.