I don’t know who was more impressed by the flying car, me or my five-year-old nephew.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang landed in Wolverhampton with a cast of more than 100 and ten dogs.
The spectacular Edwardian family musical wowed the packed out Grand at the start of a two-week run.
Adapted from Ian Fleming’s original story, the action-packed adventure tells the story of eccentric inventor Caractacus Potts, his two children, Jemima and Jeremy, Grandpa Potts and the love interest Truly Scrumptious.
The family have to outwit the evil Baron Bomburst of Vulgaria, his bumbling spies and the fiendish child catcher who entered the stage last night to pantomime boos and bolts of lightning.
This touring version boasts some fantastic sets, all the familiar songs, the superb car and plenty of extra laughs for the adults that have been bolted onto the story.
There were some notable performances from the Vulgarian spies and some superb renditions of Me Ol’ Bamboo, Toot Sweets, Chu-Chi Face and Doll on a Music Box, which was made famous by Dick Van Dyke and Sally Ann Howes in the 1968 film version. If you do want to catch it you will need to be quick, because Chitty flies out of the West Midlands on August 15.
For tickets and information contact the Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton, on 01902 573300, or www.grandtheatre.info