Chitty Chitty Bang Bang will open in Melbourne, 2013

US Touring Cast of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Image by Ian Ibbetson
US Touring Cast of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Image by Ian Ibbetson

Get ready for the ride of your life, Melbourne!

Tim Lawson of TML Enterprises confirmed with AussieTheatre that Chitty Chitty Bang Bang will be heading to Her Majesty’s Theatre in 2013.

After it’s Australian Premiere season at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney from November 16, the production will head south to Melbourne from January 30.

Lawson, who resides in Melbourne is thrilled to be bringing this magical tale (based on the 1968 MGM film of the same name) to Melbourne audiences.

“It’s especially nice for me to announce shows in my home town and at the wonderful Her Majesty’s Theatre”, Lawson told AussieTheatre today.

“The response and excitement from people across all demographics has been overwhelming. Chitty seems to have a place in everyone’s heart.”

Directed by Roder Hodgman (Grey Gardens) and Musically Directed by Peter Casey (Annie), the production features music and lyrics from the renowned Sherman Brothers (Mary Poppins) and will be brought to life by an all Australian cast, which will be announced in July.

“I’m particularly pleased that Roger Hodgman is at the helm of our production and I couldn’t be happier with the casting that will be announced at the end of next month”, said Lawson.

The car, “Old Chitty”, used in the British production holds the Guinness World Record as the most expensive prop in the history of British Theatre.

With strong ticket sales in Sydney, Lawson is confident that the Melbourne advance sales will be equally as strong.

“We’ve been on sale for a few weeks in sydney and the advance is exceptional, so I am sure Melbourne will embrace it with the same fervor.”

Tickets will be available for the Melbourne season from Monday 25 June.

Book Sydney tickets via Ticketmaster.

Erin James

Erin James is's former Editor in Chief and a performer on both stage and screen. Credits include My Fair Lady, South Pacific and The King and I (Opera Australia), Love Never Dies and Cats (Really Useful Group), Blood Brothers (Enda Markey Presents), A Place To Call Home (Foxtel/Channel 7) and the feature film The Little Death (written and directed by Josh Lawson).

Erin James

9 thoughts on “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang will open in Melbourne, 2013

  • What? Only an 8-10 week season in Sydney ??? This seems suspiciously short for a production that ran for ages and ages in London. I would have expected at least 3 months at the Capitol…

    • Tim Lawson has achieved success of late with relatively short seasons of A Chorus Line, and is likely to continue this if it works for him. Best to have the shows for a short time rather than not at all!

      • I agree with you Erin, better a short run then no run at all or cancelled, After all Australia is not a big market for any shows, it is not like Broadway or West End where most shows will run for years.

  • Sydney is NOT like BROADWAY or WESTEND, Sydney is just a BIG TOWN compere to LONDON or NEW YORK, In the entertainment industry, Sydney is absolute NOTHING, even Paris entertainment & nightlife (NO MUSICALS HERE) is more famous then Sydney.

    • Yo mate, I agree completely that Sydney is not like Paris, New York and London – mostly because it just isn’t. Each little country town, each city, each country is different form the next, and it’s unfair to compare them as they are so completely different. If you can’t tell, I’m pretty patriotic, and think that Australia is one amazing country because “we are one, but we are many,and from all the lands on earth we come” (whoo- go the Seekers!!), so I really don’t think you can compare our relatively new country to the UK or France, or even the USA.
      No part of Australia can possibly be classified as “NOTHING”. Most people,when they see the Eiffel Tower know where it is; most people see the Sydney Harbour Bridge or the Opera House, they think “Yeah, that’s Sydney.”
      You’ve written that Sydney is “just a BIG TOWN”, but how much does size really matter? Despite what you say, Sydney and Melbourne have a really good arts culture and you should not be able to discriminate Sydney.
      Where are you from anyway?

  • will it come to Brisbane

  • “Cast to be announced in June” and “Tickets on sale from June 25 for the Melbourne season” which opens January 30, 2013?

    You guys are better than that!

  • My goodness – a June 12 2012 date for writing !!!
    Silly me.
    My apologies Erin.

    • Not a problem 🙂 Glad you are reading



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