Story by Jack Foley
LIONEL Blair, Christopher Biggins and Louise Gold are to step
into the West End limelight, as part of extensive cast changes
announced for hit musical, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
The changes will take place at the London Palladium ahead
of the shows two-year anniversary, in April.
From March 16, Biggins and Gold will take over from from Victor
Spinetti and Sandra Dickinson as Baron and Baroness Bomburst,
while Blair will replace Wayne Sleep as the Child Catcher.
The £6.2 million stage production, which is based on the
famous 1968 children's film, which was adapted from the novel
by Bond scribe, Ian Fleming, received its world premiere on April
16, 2002, and is currently taking bookings until September 25,
The new cast continues the fine tradition of attracting big names
to the show, with previous performers including Michael Ball and
Biggins is best known for his TV roles in Porridge and
Rentaghost, and, more recently, Bad Girls, and was
recently seen on stage in Summer Holiday, while Golds
credits include Mamma Mia! and Kiss Me Kate.
Also joining the cast are Tony Adams, as Grandpa Potts, and Scarlet
Gary Wilmot, who returned to the role after a pantomime break,
will continue in the lead role of Caractacus Potts.
The musical is adapted by Jeremy Sams, and boasts original music
by the Sherman brothers. It is directed by RSC artistic director,