theatre,  West Midlands

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: Fabulously Entertaining At The Wolverhampton Grand

The Bilston Operatic Company bought the perfect pre- Christmas entertainment to the Wolverhampton Grand last night with their wonderful production of the much-loved classic Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The famous car was the centrepiece to a show that was ‘truly scrumptious’ in every way, from the performances, to the staging, the sets, the costumes, literally everything was pitch perfect.

The famous story needs no introduction, we all know about the inventor Caractacus Potts, a widow with two children, Jeremy and Jemima, who love a rustbucket of a former racing car, and how Caractacus restores the car to it’s former glory, whilst also falling in love with the beautiful Truly Scrumptious. Unfortunately, the dastardly Baron and Baroness Bomburst also have designs on the car, christened Chitty Chitty Bang Bang because of the noise it makes, and kidnap grandad Potts, who they believe restored it and made it float/fly. Rescuing grandad proves difficult due to the truly frightening Childcatcher, but there has to be a happy ending, even though there may be some scary moments before we get there.

The casting of this production is flawless. We get a perfect Caractacus in Alex White, never better than in the energetic, brilliant ‘Me Ol Bamboo Scene’, teamed with a lovely Issy Checketts as Truly and a fabulous Jeremy and Jemima (Daniel Webley and Eden Owen). The cartoon Bulgarians Boris and Goran, as played by Olly Derham and Ben Evans, are simply hilarious, laugh out loud funny with each appearance. Jon Ranwell and Stacey Lovatt are also perfectly cast as Baron and Baroness Bomburst, especially during the famous ‘Chu-Chi Face’ number, whilst Nicholas Sullivan is a suitably frightening Childcatcher, surely a nightmarish character from everyone’s childhood.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is all round wonderful with so many magical moments including the mystical lullaby ‘Hushabye Mountain’, and the first reveal of the beautiful shiny restored car. It is the perfect family entertainment that is a pure delight for all ages.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

9 – 11 November



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