Wayne Sleep will star as The Child Catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 24 July 03

Wayne Sleep will star as ‘The Child Catcher’ in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 24 July 03

It is now confirmed that West End and Royal Ballet star Wayne Sleep will star as ‘The Child Catcher’ in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium from 24 July 03 for 3 months.

Apart from recently taking part in “I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!”, Wayne Sleep starred in the original West End productions of “Cats” and “Song and Dance”, and danced many major roles created specially for him at the Royal Ballet. His own dance company “DASH” has been a huge success the world over. He received the OBE in 1998.

The cast of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang currently includes: Caroline Sheen (Truly Scrumptious ), Michael Ball (Caractacus Potts, until 19 July 03 **PLEASE NOTE: Michael Ball will not be appearing on Monday Evenings or Wednesday Matinees ) , Anton Rodgers (Grandpa Potts), Victor Spinetti (The Baron), Sandra Dickinson (The Baroness ), Derek Griffiths (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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