With this year being the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme and Lichfield being a stones throw away from the Pitts of Cannock Chase it's understandable why Tim Ford, Artistic Director of the Lichfield Garrick (who is also Director) chose the Hired Man as the first ever Community Musical to be staged at the Garrick.
One of the most famous boys in children's literature returns to his roots back on the stage. Peter Pan is still in Neverland but there is danger afoot and the Darlings, now in their adulthood, know about it through vivid dreams they have. They decide to take action and take one final visit back to the place where children never grow up.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, although in some places could do with tightening up, is fun for all the family. It has themes and a script that everyone should enjoy including some staging that wows all those who watch. Its British charm should leave you smiling.
The New Vic are seeing spots this year with their production of TheHundred and One Dalmatians, renowned for their Christmas productions they certainly haven’t missed a trick this year with this rare staging of Dodie Smith’s classic. The Hundred and One Dalmatian shares many elements to shake your tail with excitement at and that’s only after the opening number.