It was today announced that the eagerly awaited production of London’s second Roald Dahl musical in as many years ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – the Musical’ will open at the London Palladium in June 2013, following a month long preview period from May. The theatre’s current tenant ‘The Wizard of Oz’ will end its run in early September, before giving way to a seasonal production of Leslie Bricusse’s ‘Scrooge the Musical’ through to the end of January. Bricusse provided the soundtrack to the original iconic film production ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’, penning songs such as ‘Pure Imagination’, ‘The Candyman Can’ and ‘I Want it Now’, but the new musical will be based on the original source material rather than either of films. The score has been written by the award winning Marc Shaiman and Scott Whittman, who together have collaborated on the Broadway hits ‘Hairspray’ and ‘Catch Me if You Can’, as well as the NBC series ‘Smash’.

The brand new musical will be produced by Warner Brothers Theatre Venture, Kevin McCormick and Neal Street Productions and will bring together a production team headed by director Sam Mendes and choreographer Peter Darling. The book has been adapted by David Grieg whose previous work includes ‘Midsummer’ in Edinburgh and London as well as ‘Dunsinane’ with the RSC. The team have been working on the project for the past three years and are delighted to finally bring the show to London and the Palladium in particular. Described as a ‘highly visual spectacle’ the show is aimed at families, as well as adults who love the book and enjoy Dahl’s magnificent world. Unlike either film adaptation, the musical will stay true to the book itself, and will offer a fair and accurate representation.

The plot follows the eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka as he throws open the doors to his factory to five lucky children who find one of his elusive Golden Tickets. Young Charlie Bucket and his Grandpa Joe travel on a journey beyond their wildest dreams as they get a first hand look at the weird and wonderful ways of the factory, alongside four very difficult children.

Tickets for the musical will be released in October, with group sales (12+) available this week. Please check back here for full information.