A fantastic new production of the much-loved magical musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is set to tour this winter.
The sensational Sherman Brothers show opens at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds on December 2 for a nine-week season.
A UK & Ireland tour will then open at Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre in February for a two-week run.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 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.
The Sherman Brothers have won two Academy Awards with a further nine nominations, two Grammy Awards and they have received 21 gold and platinum albums.
This new production will be directed by West Yorkshire Playhouse artistic director James Brining, with new choreography by Stephen Mear and production design by Simon Higlett.
James Brining said: “Directing such an iconic show is a great opportunity, a thrilling challenge for any director.
“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a brilliant adventure story, filled with classic songs and scenes that hold so many memories for so many people. I cannot wait to bring the show not only to Leeds but also to audiences across the UK and Ireland.”
The new production will have sensational sets and stunning special effects and the memorable score by the Sherman Brothers, which includes such standards as Truly Scrumptious, Toot Sweets, Hushabye Mountain and the Oscar-nominated title song Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli commented: “We are delighted Chitty will fly once again around the UK and Ireland.
“The show has a very special place in our hearts and we are happy to entrust it to the West Yorkshire Playhouse.”
December 2-January 30, West Yorkshire Playhouse
February 10-21, Southampton Mayflower
Further dates and casting to be announced.