This week, the cast of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang got their first look and ride in, the magical flying car that has been imported from London, ahead of dress rehearsals.

 

Rachael Beck and David Hobson on the set of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at The Capitol Theatre

Pic: John Fotiadis Source: The Daily Telegraph

 

Direct from a record-breaking West End run, the car cost almost $1.2 million to make when the musical launched in London in 2002 and still holds the Guinness World Record for most expensive prop.

Although it landed in Australia in late September, up until this week's unveiling, none of the cast had yet sat in or seen the finished car.

The flying star of the multi-million-dollar musical based on the much-loved film, has been escorted to Sydney, flanked by two auto engineers who have been working full-time with two local counterparts, since the car's arrival.

The West End production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, which opened on 16 April 2002 at the London Palladium, cost $9.6 million (£6.2 million) to stage, making it most expensive in British history – beating the previous record by set by Cats at $9.3 million. (£6 million)

The complete set including the flying car was designed by the award winning set designer Anthony Ward (UK).
 

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang opens at Sydney's Capitol Theatre from 16 November. Tickets on sale now from Ticketmaster: www.ticketmaster.com.au

 

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