Charlie and the Chocolate Factory:
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory plays at Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Catherine Street, London, WC2B 5JF
Seating chart & directions
Scheduled to open in June 2013, ROALD DAHL's deliciously dark tale of young Charlie Bucket and the mysterious confectioner Willy Wonka comes to life in a brand new West End musical directed by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes.
When Charlie wins a golden ticket to the weird and wonderful Wonka Chocolate Factory, it's the chance of a lifetime to feast on the sweets he's always dreamed of. But beyond the gates astonishment awaits, as down the sugary corridors and amongst the incredible edible delights, the five lucky winners discover not everything is as sweet as it seems.
A chocolate garden, an army of squirrels and the curiously peculiar Oompa-Loompas must be believed to be seen in this spectacular new musical that is choc-full of fantastical treats to dazzle your senses.
The original story that has captivated the world for almost 50 years is brought to life with music by Marc Shaiman, and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman (Grammy winners for Hairspray; Smash), a book by award-winning playwright and adaptor David Greig (The Bacchae; Tintin In Tibet), set and costume designs by Mark Thompson (Mamma Mia!; One Man, Two Guvnors) and choreography by Peter Darling (Billy Elliot The Musical; Matilda The Musical).
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory The Musical will be based on the 1964 children's book by Roald Dahl, which has already inspired numerous adaptations, including the 1971 musical film starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka. The songs written for the film were by musical theatre composers Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, who have provided the score to musicals such as: 'Stop the World I Want to Get Off' and 'Doctor Dolittle'. Songs include: 'I've Got a Golden Ticket', 'The Candyman Can', 'Pure Imagination' and 'The Oompa Loompa Song' which became favourites with children all around the world.
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