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London's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang grounded



Feature by Lizzie Guilfoyle

ON SEPTEMBER 4, 2005, after three and a half years in London's West End, the musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is to close. But it's not all bad news - from June 21 until the show's final curtain, the role of Caractacus Potts will again be played by Jason Donovan.

The £6.2 million production which premiered at the Palladium on April 16, 2002, is the theatre's longest running show. To date, it has been seen by more than three million people and taken over £70 million at the box office.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is based on the famous 1968 children's film and follows the adventures of happy-go-lucky inventor Caractacus Potts, his two children and Truly Scrumptious, as they try to outwit the eerie Childcatcher and a highly-strung Baron who will stop at nothing to get his hands on Potts' amazing flying car.

The production currently stars Brian Conley and Alvin Stardust as Caractacus and the Childcatcher.

Though grounded in London, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang took off at New York's Hilton Theatre (formerly the Ford Center for the Performing Arts) on April 28 this year and, only last week, was nominated for five of this year's Tony Awards.

And a UK tour kicks off at Sunderland Empire on December 9, 2005.

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