One of the most beloved books of all time, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, will be heading to the West End in 2013. It will open at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 25 June following previews from 18 May. The production will hope to replicate the success of Matilda, also inspired by a well-known Roald Dahl book.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the musical tells the story of a poor boy who wins a golden ticket to visit the elusive Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. Joined by a number of spoiled and rotten children, he makes his way through its magical contents with his beloved grandfather, learning the value of imagination, creativity, and humility along the way. The story served as the inspiration for Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory starring Gene Wilder as well as the film adaptation by Tim Burton starring Johnny Depp.
The production will be helmed by Sam Mendes, the Academy Award-winning director of American Beauty, Revolutionary Road, and the latest Bond film Skyfall. It is expected to contain an entirely new score by Scott Whitman and Marc Shaiman, the team behind the smash-hit Hairspray and Catch Me If You Can the musical. The book will be written by acclaimed playwright David Greig, who wrote The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart, Midsummer, Dunsinane, and Damascus.
The infamous role of Willy Wonka will be played by Douglas Hodge, well known to London audiences for his appearances in La Cage aux Folles, Guys and Dolls, and Three Sisters. The rest of the cast has yet to be announced.
Show Length and Times
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will be performed evenings from Monday to Saturday at 7:30pm, with matinees on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2:30pm. The running time of the show has not yet been confirmed.
Here’s a teaser trailer for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory London: