Russ Abbot is to take over the role of Grandpa Potts in Chitty 16 Sep 03

Russ Abbot is to take over the role of Grandpa Potts in Chitty 16 Sep 03

It has been announced that Russ Abbot will take over the role of ‘Grandpa Potts ' in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium from 16 Sep 03 . (He is replacing Anton Rodgers )

Russ Abbot is currently playing 'Alfred P Doolittle' in "My Fair Lady" at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, which ends 30 Aug 03. His other London stage credits include "Oliver" at the London Palladium in the 1990s, and "Caught in the Net" at the Vaudeville 2001/02. His TV work includes his own TV series "Russ Abbot's Madhouse" and "The Russ Abbot Show".

The cast of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang currently includes: Caroline Sheen (Truly Scrumptious ), Gary Wilmot (Caractacus Potts), Anton Rodgers (Grandpa Potts), Victor Spinetti (The Baron), Sandra Dickinson (The Baroness ), Wayne Sleep (Child Catcher)

The show has music & lyrics by Richard M Sherman and Robert B Sherman. The film has been adapted for the stage by Jeremy Sams. The show is designed by Anthony Ward, has musical staging and choreography by Gillian Lynne and is directed by Adrian Noble.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang opened in April last year to good notices from the popular press: BBC ONLINE says, "You come out of the London Palladium feeling like a kid on Christmas Eve." THE EVENING STANDARD says, "Sheer theatrical magic" And goes on to say, "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang proves itself an ageless pleasure and a pleasure for all ages. " THE GUARDIAN says, "It is the car everyone has come to see, and I can only report that when it becomes airborne and flies over the front stalls there are gasps of astonished delight." THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "The audience was purring with pleasure from the moment the band struck up the title tune during the overture." THE DAILY MAIL says, " Brilliantly and ingeniously designed by Anthony Ward."

The show is currently booking to 13 March 2004

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