"A Real Star. Thanks ChittyHire - Exemplary"
We had the privilege of welcoming Chitty to Brighton for our photo-shoot on Easter Saturday. She arrived with Rob and Steve in all her glory and has been the talk of the city since then. Huge thanks to Rob, Steve and Chitty herself for being so organised, polished and a pleasure to work with. Chitty is an absolute must for anyone thinking of staging this show – a real star. Thanks ChittyHire – Exemplary.
Keith (Producer Brighton Theatre Group CCBB)
"People like you put the heart into live theatre"
I'm the Director/Producer at Manor Operatic Society. We were the first to use the stage car and I can honestly say that Rob and Chitty herself were absolutely fantastic!! Magical is an understatement to describe the feeling when Chitty flew!!!!!! Cheers Rob for helping to make the magic happen. People like you put the heart into live theatre...You're always welcome in sunny Sheffield!!!!!
Richard (Director/Producer Sheffield)
"The attention to detail is spectacular"
Thank you both so much for all your help in Peterborough yesterday for our publicity day. Rob & Emma were both so helpful and couldn’t do enough to get the most out of our event.
Chitty is phenomenal, the large groups that surrounded her all day show just what a crowd pleaser she is! The attentional to detail is spectacular (the CCBB engine noise is a personal favourite) We now have one extremely excited cast & audience ready to see her fly into the Cresset in October.
Rob (Producer PODS)
"Cannot recommend the company and their magical creations enough"
Rob has created a simply fantasmagorical stage version of Chitty - it looks incredible on stage and didn't fail to generate significant applause every night when she was revealed.
The detailing is amazing, from the overall dimension ratios to the signature horn, picnic basket etc. She looked amazing even before we'd lit and staged around her.
The wheels turn on command, the headlights sparkle and the DMX-controllable face lighting works a treat. As she flies and the wings unfurl it really is an amazing effect, especially when you consider the range of theatres that this car has to work in.
The flying mechanism takes some getting used to, but is ultimately intuitive and simply takes a little rehearsal to set in the required time.
Rob was helpful throughout; providing the information we needed as requested, delivering the car personally, training the crew in her use and even sorting some minor cosmetic damage mid-run for us.
We also used Chitty Hire's other items, the Wreck, Grandpa's fully LOLER-tested Shed and the Childcatcher's Wagon - all of which looked impeccable.
Cannot recommend the company and their magical creations enough - what every production of Chitty requires to help WOW the audience.
Duncan (Stage Manager on behalf of BBLOC)
"Very professional and went above and beyond"
We hired Chitty for our wedding as it’s been an absolute favourite of mine and a childhood dream! Rob was amazing and stuck it out in the appalling weather conditions (extreme rain!) The guests were still able to enjoy the car as Rob provided a gazebo and lights. She was truly admired on the day and was my favourite part of our wedding. Would highly recommend Rob and his team, very professional and went above and beyond.
"The ChittyHire car looks perfect and wows the audience every time"
CCBB is iconic and copying the film car into scaled down version for the stage has to be spot on. It's either right or wrong and there is no "well it's not a bad likeness...."
The Chittyhire car looks perfect and wows the audience every time. The mechanics are simple but do pretty much everything the script requires... The driving is spot on and the flying works really well so long as you really train the crew (ideally 8 or 9 guys) get the LX right and plenty of fog underneath. The JADC in Jersey hired the car for our production in July 2018 and it was every bit as good as we could have hoped for! Very many thanks to Rob for such a wonderful creation.
Anyone doing CCBB needs to hire this car - you won't be disappointed!
"Magical is the only word that comes close to summing things up"
We had the privilege of using ChittyHire’s stage Chitty for our recent production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at The Kings Theatre in Portsmouth.
From first communication to last, Rob was positive, helpful and passionate about the car and the show ... and working with him on this process was a total joy.
Rob and Emma gave excellent, thorough training to our crew at the beginning of our production week and contributed to a wonderfully positive working atmosphere on a busy but hugely productive Get-In day.
Chitty herself is, quite simply, a work of art ... the beauty and detail with which she has been constructed is testament to the skill and passion involved.
She delighted our sold-out audiences throughout the run, inspiring rapturous applause and cheers on her first appearance and on her stunning flights - whilst she was every bit as much of a hit with our cast and crew.
The sheer quality of this stage Chitty car made it very easy (as Caractacus Potts) to believe in her and to establish a relationship with her that was a big part of the very special experience that we had with her and with the show. Magical is the only word that comes close to summing things up.
This was, in all, an unforgettable experience and I am so grateful to Rob for entrusting us with Chitty's care across a wonderfully memorable week.
John-Paul (Producer for CCADS)
"I heard gasps from the audience nightly as Chitty flew high above the stage"
I directed "Chitty" for Brighton Theatre Group at the Theatre Royal, Brighton in August 2019. I was so impressed with Rob and Emma from ChittyHire - Very professional service from the start - always available to answer questions.
I heard gasps from the audience nightly as the Chitty flew high above the stage. A huge thank you for helping make the show such a success.
Michael (Director BTG)
"Their car is spectacular and will wow your audience"
We staged Chitty in Dundalk, Ireland, Oct 2019. ChittyHire supplied the fabulous car and a number of other set pieces. I can recommend Rob, Emma and Chittyhire, their car is spectacular and will wow your audience.
They are a pleasure to work with and I would hope to work again with them in the future.
Niall (Dundalk Musical Society)