Review: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Bristol Hippodrome

Posted on Jan 26 2017 - 3:19pm by Samantha Clark
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You’ll think there’ll be a stand out favourite moment, a song you love most perhaps, but on watching it, I’ll bet your perspective will change. Each new moment will become a favourite until the next and so on and so forth.

It starts with a giant windmill you know will have all kinds of delights behind it. The orchestra begins, giving you a taster of what’s to come. The windmill becomes a backdrop to the beginning of the story and how Chitty came to be. This idea is used time and time again throughout this production but each time in a seemingly different way.

We often make comparisons to our various experiences of something and we have certain expectations. In this scenario, I am of course referring to the film. But not a moment is missed and each time you recall ‘what happens next’, you wonder how they’ll pull it off (dogs in the factory, Chitty in the sea, ‘India’ being lifted into the air); but it’s all done brilliantly with an element of magic that’ll astound.

As you would expect, it’s charming, delightful, fun (with elements of adult humour) and endearing. It’s classic for all the right reasons.

Jason Manford in particular was a delightful surprise. The comedic is the heart of the show as lead, Caractacus Potts. Although Chitty will return, Jason may not and is one of the reasons to catch this particular version.

Chitty is paying a flying visit to Bristol so please do see it whilst you can. I promise you’ll love it.

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