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15/10/01
Chitty Chitty Wins Noble Support
- RSC director Adrian Noble freelances in the West End

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, the musical, chugs into the London Palladium from March 19 next year. Adrian Noble directs, independent of the Royal Shakespeare Company with whom his plans to forge closer West End links have attracted recent controversy.

''It's a big show that needs a big theatre and a man with big vision,'' said general manager and co-producer Michael Rose. Amongst the shows' attractions, Rose lists a forty strong cast including 20 children, all the songs from the 1968 film and, of course, a flying car.

Ian Fleming's story of eccentric genius Caractacus Potts, whose wacky inventions won't pay the bills, strikes a chord with Noble's own experiences as director of the acclaimed, but impoverished, Royal Shakespeare Company. Having saved the company's fortunes, Noble could be just the man to dramatise Potts' plight and turn the film's hit song, The Roses of Success, into this musical's motto.




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