Chitty Chitty Bang Bang represents a successful trend in West End musicals. Producers mount a stage version of a popular film musical, guaranteeing box office interest from all the fans of the original film.
The 1968 film was based on the book Chitty Chitty Bang Bang written by Ian Fleming, who is famous for writing the books that introduced Agent 007 James Bond to the world.
Crackpot inventor Caractacus Potts buys a dilapidated car called Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and he and his two children and Truly Scrumptious, the beautiful daughter of Lord Scrumptious get caught up in an amazing adventure, during which Chitty Chitty Bang Bang turns out to be able to fly and sail.
The stage version directed by Adrian Noble of the RSC, which opened in March 2002, features a miraculous piece of theatrical machinery to simulate the car flying. Here are original cast members Michael Ball as Caractacus, Emma Williams as Truly, and Lauren Morgan and Harry Smith as Jemima and Jeremy Potts.