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Blair and Biggins head for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang



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 show’s 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, 2004.

The new cast continues the fine tradition of attracting big names to the show, with previous performers including Michael Ball and Jason Donovan.

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 Gold’s credits include Mamma Mia! and Kiss Me Kate.

Also joining the cast are Tony Adams, as Grandpa Potts, and Scarlet Strallen.

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, Adrian Noble.

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