Based on the MGM Motion Picture


You must give the authors/creators billing credits, as specified in the Production Contract, in a conspicuous manner on the first page of credits in all programs and on houseboards, displays and in all other advertising announcements of any kind.
Percentages listed indicate required type size in relation to title size.
Music and Lyrics by
Music by Special Arrangement with Sony/ATV Publishing
Adapted for the Stage by Jeremy Sams
Based on the MGM Motion Picture
Licensed Script Adapted by Ray Roderick
Producer agrees to place the following credit on the title page of all programs for the Play as follows:

“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Theatre for Young Audiences version prepared &
premiered by
The Coterie, Kansas City, Missouri; Jeff Church, Producing Artistic Director”

In advertisements of 1/4 page size or less, and online and mobile ads where in each case only the title of the play, performance dates and venue are provided and in outdoor advertising, transit and taxi ads and marquees where no other person is billed,the following "shortened billing" is permissible:

Video Warning

In accordance with the Performance License, you MUST include the following warning in all programs and in a pre-show announcement:

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang TYA

Included Materials

ItemQuantity Included

Production Resources

Everyone's favorite flying car comes to life in the TYA musical adaptation of the beloved family film.
Restrictions may apply
Show Essentials
+ Ensemble

Full Synopsis

Act One

Jeremy and Jemima, two children, sneak onstage towards a cloth covered Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, their beloved car. They signal more kids to join them, remove the covering pretend to race the car (“Opening – This Great Car”).  Mr. Coggins approaches and tells the children of the car’s greatness. The Junkman then approaches Mr. Coggins and inquires about excess scrap metal.  The Junkman becomes interested in Chitty, referring to the car as a ‘heap of old iron’.  He offers to buy it, and Mr. Coggins agrees to sell it to him. The kids are outraged. Jeremy and Jemima want their father to buy the car instead. Mr. Coggins tells them that if they can raise an equal amount of money, he will sell the car to them.

The spies, Boris and Goran, appear snickering. They announce that Chitty is the car that the evil Baron Bomburst, their boss, has been looking for. They realize they need to get 30 shillings to purchase it (“Boris & Goran”).

Truly, on her motorbike, nearly crashes into Jeremy and Jemima as they are singing. She swerves to the side, but then her engine stalls and won’t restart. The kids promise their dad can fix the motorbike because he is an inventor. Mr. Potts joins them and Truly calls his career ‘eccentric’.

They all introduce themselves. Jeremy and Jemima inform Truly that their mother has passed away and they are no longer in school. While they are talking Potts fixes the car. Truly warns Potts to watch his children then drives off. Potts claims he does watch his children and the three of them confess their love for their family (“You Two”).

Grandpa then marches up in a Military outfit.  He asks about Potts’ latest invention, a sweet making machine. Potts demonstrates the machine and it produces a sweet. The children then ask their father about Mr. Coggins car, Chitty. They ask their dad to buy it and he says he will try to work something out and leave to wash up for dinner. Potts expresses that he doesn’t know how to get all the money he would need to buy the car. Grandpa listens then goes to eat the sweet. He discovers that his sweet makes a toot sound. Grandpa rejoices that Potts invented something that works.

Potts, Jemima and Jeremy enter into Lord Scrumptious’ Sweet Factory. Miss Phillips scolds the workers of the factory for being late. Potts tries to see Lord Scrumptious, but Miss Phillips explains he needs an appointment. Truly then walks into the lobby of the factory and the children call her name. She asks why they have come and they show her Pott’s new candy, Toot Sweets. They are demonstrating that the candy can make music when Lord Scrumptious enters.  Lord Scrumptious gives Potts 20 seconds to explain his invention, but doesn’t get all the information he needs to out in time. Truly encourages Potts to follow her father. He demonstrates his sweet to him (“Toot Sweets”). The sound of the Toot Sweets calls dogs to the factory. The workers try to protect the candy to avoid contamination.  Lord Scrumptious demands revenge.

Boris and Goran are sitting at home and hear a phone ring. They try to understand where it is coming from. They discover the phone is Goran’s foot. The Baroness and Baron are on the other line. They want Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the car, taken to them in Vulgaria.  The Baroness is trying to get the car for the Baron’s birthday.

Jeremy and Jemima ask their father to sell their treasures, items that Potts claimed had value due to his imagination, so they can have money for the car and for his inventions. Potts explains that others would not be interested in buying their treasures. Potts sings them a lullaby so they can go to sleep (“Hushabye Mountain”)

The family arrives at the Funfair, where Potts is showing off his automatic haircut invention. Potts demonstrates the machines on Sid, a man in the crowd, and the machine cuts off all of his hair. Sid angrily runs after him and Potts tries to escape. Potts ends up in a line of Morris Dancers and joins the dance (“Me Ol’ Bamboo”). After the dance a Turkey Farmer offers to buy Potts hair cutting machine for thirty shillings so he can pluck his turkeys. Potts excitedly accepts.

Jeremy, Jemima and Grandpa are sitting outside Pott’s work shed while Potts has been working on restoring Chitty. Jeremy and Jemima hope their dad will be able to get the car to running so they can travel. The kids ask Grandpa about what it is like to travel. They all daydream (“Posh”). Potts then comes out of the shed and shows the kids the working car! They decide to take the new car and have a picnic by the seaside. Truly walks up to their house and they invite her on their picnic. She notes how unique the car is.

Boris and Goran are hiding behind a bush. They hear grandpa calling himself a genius and assume he was the person who invented the car. The family and Truly then get into the car for their picnic. It makes an unique sound when it runs. It sounds like “Chitty, Chitty, Chitty, Chitty” then it backfires “Bang, Bang”. They happily sing along with the car (“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”).

They arrive at the beach and set up their picnic. The children discuss how much they like Truly while they enjoy their time on the beach (“Truly Scrumptious”).  Truly and Potts watch the sunset. Potts tells Truly that his first name is Caractacus and Truly apologizes for calling him a negligent father.

All of a sudden there is an enormous explosion and both children scream. They realize the tide came in and that the car is surrounded by water. The explosions continue and they realize that it is cannons from a ship with the Vulgar flag that are after Chitty. As the water rises the car becomes a raft. Potts tries to drive away to avoid the ship. They express the significance of the car (“Nautical Reprise”).

Borris tells the Baron and Baroness of Vulgaria that they lost the car because it can float. He explains in the car is Potts, a woman and two children. Baron screams to call the Childcatcher. The Baron demands Boris get the car, and if he can’t, get the Inventor. He assures Boris that, if the children come, the Childcatcher will deal with them.

Potts, Truly, Jeremy & Jemima sing as they head home from their picnic. They see a blimp carrying their Grandpa’s hut with their Grandpa inside. They try to catch up to the hut, but reach a cliff. As it falls, the family is delighted to find that the car can fly (“Finale Act 1”).

- Optional Act Break -

The action begins again in Vulgaria, where the Baron and Baroness are waving to their subjects. They welcome Grandpa, who has been kidnapped and brought there under the assumption that he is a master inventor. He is introduced to another inventor, The Toymaker. He says that the toys would be lovely for the children, but the Baroness is insulted. Children are banished from this kingdom by order of parliament. The Baron demands that Grandpa invent a floating and flying car. Grandpa works on the car as the other inventors, Boris and Goran support him. (The Roses of Success”).

Potts, Jemima, Truly and Jeremy arrive in Vulgaria and discover the Baron took Grandpa because they thought he was Potts. The Toymaker comes out of his shop and instructs Truly and Potts to hide the children. The Childcather enters. He looks for the children. Before he is able to find them, Soldiers walk in and inform them that the car has been found. The soldiers and The Childcatcher then leave to keep looking.

The Toymaker tells Potts of another way to get into the castle and warns Truly and the children to stay in his toyshop. Potts sets off to find his father. Jeremy and Jemima complain to Truly how hungry they are. She goes to the back of the shop to see if she can find food for them. While she is gone, The Childcatcher appears carrying a large net that is decorated like a bag of candy. He is saying that all the sweets he has are free. Jeremy and Jemima can’t help themselves and goes towards The Childcatcher. The offers them candy from the bag, and then flips it over, tearing away the decorative bag and revealing them in his net. Truly comes just in time to see them taken away.

The Toymaker takes Potts to the Children who are hiding because of the country’s law. The Toymaker is bringing them food. Truly catches up and tells Potts that the children have been taken. Potts, Truly, The Toymaker and the children all decide they can work together to break into the castle (“Teamwork”)

The Baron and Baroness are preparing for the Baron’s birthday in the castle. The Baroness is upset because the Baron is more excited for his birthday toys than her. But he assures her of his love (“Chu-Chi Face”).

As the party starts, everyone calls on the Toymaker to present his gift to the Baron. There are two boxes on stage. The Toymaker presents Truly dressed as a doll in a box. When the Toymaker pulls a string she begins to sing. As the Baron approaches Truly, the other box opens to reveal Potts as a rag doll (“Doll On a Music Box”). The Baron is pleased and calls for cake. Potts stops pretending to play the doll and all the children jump out of the cake. The Baroness calls for the Childcatcher. The kids are able to fling the Childcatcher’s net back onto himself.

Grandpa then appears driving Chitty Chitty Bang Bang with Jeremy & Jemima in the backseat. The Baron and the Baronness are forced out of the castle. Jeremy and Jemima tell how Chitty saved them. (“Fight & Finale”). Boris and Goran agree to take Grandpa and his hut back via balloon. As the family prepares to leave, Potts gets down on one knee and proposes to Truly. She instantly says yes and they kiss. Potts, Truly, Jeremy and Jemima get in their car and head home. 

← Back to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang TYA
Cast Size: Small (Up to 10 performers)
Cast Type: Children
Dance Requirements: Standard

Character Breakdown

Caractacus Potts

An eccentric, brilliant, English inventor and loving father and son. His inventions and children are his life.

Gender: male
Age: 40 to 50
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: A3
Jemimah Potts

Caractucus's daughter. She is an adventurous girl with a vivid imaginations. A total child at heart who loves her family.

Gender: female
Age: 10 to 13
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: C4
Jeremy Potts

Caractucus's son. An adventurous boy with a vivid imagination. A total child at heart who loves his family.

Gender: male
Age: 10 to 13
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: C4
Truly Scrumptious

Daughter of the famous candy maker, Lord Scrumptious. Strong and independent, but gentle. Falls in love with Caractacus.

Gender: female
Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: A3
Grandpa Potts
Caractacus Potts's father, who is a former war hero. He loves to tell old War stories. A sort of second father to Jeremy and Jemima.
Gender: male
Age: 65 to 75
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: C4
The Toymaker

With all children outlawed in Vulgaria, this toy-making genius only works for the child-like Baron. Smart but frightened. Doubles as MR.COGGINS, SID, and INVENTOR.

Gender: male
Age: 45 to 60
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: C4
The Childcatcher

He makes sure that Vulgaria is child-free. Evil and manipulative. Hates children almost as much as the Baroness. Doubles as JUNKMAN and TURKEY CATCHER.

Gender: male
Age: 45 to 60
Boris The Spy

A member of the two-person Vulgarian gang that works for the Baron and Baroness. Though he is not very smart, he is the leader.

Gender: male
Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: C4
Goran The Spy

One member of the two-person Vulgarian gang that works for the baron and Baroness. A dumb oaf.

Gender: male
Age: 35 to 40
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: D4
Baroness Bomburst
Head of the Vulgarian Parliament and a hater of children. Tyrannical and dramatic. Doubles as MISS PHILLIPS and VIOLET.
Gender: female
Age: 30 to 45
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: G3
Baron Bomburst
Tyrannical ruler of Vulgaria and a lover of toys. A man-child, he is very immature, needy, and whiney. Doubles as LORD SCRUMPTIOUS.
Gender: male
Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: E4
Kids; Inventors; Soldiers; Townspeople; English Crowd
Gender: any

Show History


Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a stage musical based on the 1968 film of the same name produced by Albert R. Broccoli, which was in turn inspired by the novel Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang: The Magical Car by Ian Fleming. Fleming based his story upon the real Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car, which was built in 1921 by Count Louis Zborowski, the best known amateur racing driver of his time. Zborowski was an eccentric gentleman wealthy enough to own and race many cars both in Europe and America. He took racing very seriously but was known for his fun approach and colorful clothing. At Higham, along with engineer Captain Clive Gallop, the count built four aero-engined cars and called three of them 'Chitty Bang Bang.'


The musical premiered on the West End at the London Palladium April 16, 2002 with six new songs by the Sherman Brothers who wrote the original Academy Award-nominated title song. The West End production, directed by Adrian Noble with musical staging and choreography by Gillian Lynne, closed in of September 2005. It was the longest running show ever at the London Palladium, taking in over 70 million pounds in its three and a half year run.

The Broadway production opened on April 28, 2005 at the Foxwoods Theatre. The production was again directed by Adrian Noble with choreography by Gillian Lynne and starred Raul Esparza and Erin Dilly (Truly Scrumptious). It closed on December 31, 2005 after 34 previews and 285 regular performances. A National Tour began in November of 2008 at the Broward Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Since closing in London, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang has toured the UK from December 2005 to August 2008. The UK Tour visited Asia for the first time when it opened on November 2, 2007 in Singapore's Esplanade-Theatres on the Bay. The Australian national production ofChitty Chitty Bang Bangopened on November 17, 2012 at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney, Australia.


  • The song "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" was nominated for an Oscar in 1968.
  • Ian Fleming, the man whose imagination first gave flight to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, is best known as the author of 14 books about the world's most famous secret agent: James Bond.
  • The Chitty stage car (from the West End production) holds the Guinness World Record for being the most expensive prop in the history of British Theatre.

Critical Reaction

"A marvel of stage magic!" -The Australian

"The sincere sweetness [of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang] is carefully rationed to avoid diabetic coma, producing a family musical that will enthrall children and not embarrass or bore adults." -Variety

"Genuinely magical." -The Daily Telegraph