Theatre Review:  ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’

Decrease Font Size Increase Font Size Text Size Print This Page



Chitty Chitty Bang Bang has taken thirty years to appear on the stage but the wait has been worth it. The popular film made from Ian Fleming’s classic story has been adapted for the stage by Jeremy Sams and certainly has the wow factor according to pupils from Heighington Millfield Primary Academy, who witnessed recently a spell-binding performance at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal.

The story is about two children, Jeremy and Jemima Potts who live with their widowed father, inventor Caractacus Potts. On a day when they really should have been at school, they meet Truly Scrumptious, the daughter of major confectionery-maker Lord Scrumptious and owner of the magical motorcar, which the children call Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. But that’s all YJA is going to tell you about the plot!

Erin, a true fan of the performance, commented, “I thought it was a good show and I really liked the songs (as well as the character Truly Scrumptious!) I loved the part when they had the birthday party for the king and they changed Chitty –the car- it was really exciting!”

chittyThe sets were truly sensational as were the stunning special effects and, of course, the memorable score by the Sherman Brothers, which included so many known songs: Truly Scrumptious, Toot Sweets, Hushabye Mountain and, of course, the Oscar-nominated title song Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Members of the Young Journalist Academy were enthralled and commented:

“I thought it was amazing and the children were brilliant actors!”

“We thought the performance was enticing and our favorite character was Gemima (the young girl) because she’s so cute and an amazing singer!”

“The props were amazing especially the huge, wooden windmill in the background.”

“It was extremely funny and the singing was fantastic.”

“I thought it was very enjoyable and my favorite character was the car itself!”


The show’s Facebook page is also being swamped by favourable comments such as:

‘Saw this in Plymouth this afternoon. It was fantasmagorical! Spectacular scenery & excellent entertainment.’


If you want to see the show, it will be shown at the following locations:

29 June – 17 July Sheffield Lyceum

20 – 30 July New Wimbledon Theatre

3 – 21 August Wales Millennium Centre

24 August – 3 September Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

7 – 18 September Birmingham Hippodrome

21 September – 2 October Royal & Derngate, Northampton

5 – 16 October Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

19 – 29 October King’s Theatre, Glasgow

9 – 19 November New Victoria Theatre, Woking



Amelia and Ruby,


Heighington Millfield Primary Academy

One Response to Theatre Review:  ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’

  1. Molly June 23, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    I loved the article and the show.