Charlie and the Chocolate Factory comes to the stage for the first time

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the much loved tale from Roald Dahl, is set to make its début in the West End next month. The success of the 2005 film directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka gave the famous tale somewhat of a revival and the story of poor little Charlie Bucket and the golden ticket that changes his life is making the move from screen to stage for the first time, This gives London theatregoers the chance to enter the magical world of Wonka Bars and Everlasting Gobstoppers.

Roald Dahl’s delectably dark tale has captivated audiences for nearly 50 years and now Academy Award-winning director, Sam Mendes will be bringing it to life in a musical for the very first time. Director of Skyfall, the UK’s highest ever grossing film, this will be a new challenge for Mendes as it’s his first directing project of an original stage musical. The London show will also see four time Olivier-nominated Douglas Hodge play Willy Wonka, lyrics and original music by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman (Grammy winners for Hairspray and Smash) and choreography by Peter Darling.

Mark Thompson, known for his work on ‘Mamma Mia!’ and ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’, will be in charge of set design and is likely to transform London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane into an utterly surreal world of giant lollipops, dancing dwarfs and human blueberries.

The production will be the second recent West End show based on a Roald Dahl book, following the successful transition that Matilda the Musical made to the West End in 2011. This equally joyous and bizarre tale is expected to be another great addition to London’s Theatreland and is sure to appeal to both adults and children alike.

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