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Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

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Closed January 7, 2017

A bumper box of entertainment, with a golden wrapper and plenty of Whipple-Scrumptious surprises!

Caroline McGinn, TimeOut London

Why See Charlie And The Chocolate Factory?

A World of Pure Imagination

Based on the classic book by Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a spectacular journey into the weird and wonderful world of candy impresario Willy Wonka. The production opened in June 2013 and has proved to be one of The West End's biggest draws. Don't miss your chance to get hold of a Golden Ticket before it closes January 2017!

Directed by Oscar winner Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory boasts an all new score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, the ridiculously talented writing duo who won a Tony Award in 2002 for their work on Hairspray. Alongside their original numbers, this production also retains the classic song Pure Imagination, which was written for Mel Stuart's 1971 movie version. Choreography comes courtesy of Peter Darling (Matilda) and the fantastic wardrobe, which won Best Costume at the 2014 Olivier Awards, is the work of Mark Thompson.

Leading the cast as the effervescent Willy Wonka is Jonathan Slinger, who will be familiar to theatre-goers for his role in last year's Urinetown: The Musical.

What's the Story, charlie?

Reclusive inventor Willy Wonka is opening the doors to his world famous chocolate factory, but only a lucky five children will be allowed in. To win a place, they must discover one of the five golden tickets hidden inside the wrapper of a Wonka bar. To enter Wonka's factory would be a dream come true for young Charlie Bucket, but given neither he or his grandparents who take care of him can afford a Wonka Bar, it seems like a dream that will never come true. That is until one day when a couple carelessly drop some money which lands at Charlie's feet. Rushing into the nearest shop, Charlie buys a solitary Wonka bar and low and behold, there's something gold glittering under the wrapper.

And so Charlie is one of the chosen few who steps into the chocolate factory, a realm of candy covered delights and confectionery beyond your wildest dreams.

Did You Know?

While it is now considered a family favourite, the 1971 movie version received a mixed reaction upon its release, not least of all from Roald Dahl himself. The author was not a fan of Gene Wilder's portrayal of Willy Wonka, and would have much preferred his actor of choice, Spike Milligan, to have played the part.

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Previews from: 22 May 2013

Opening night: 25 June 2013


Currently 7+ is both the content guidance age and minimum entry age, however the entry age may well be reviewed at a later date.

Run time

Two hours and 30 minutes with one interval

Cast and Creative


The Children
Guillermo Bedward, Noah Crump, Archie Durrant, Ptolemy Gidney as Charlie Bucket
Connor Davies, Archie Lewis, Callum McDonald as Augustus Gloop
Stella Haden, Lauren Henson, Daisy Sequerra as Veruca Salt
Asha Banks, Miriam Nyark, Liani Samuel as Violet Beauregarde
Frankie-Leon Rossell, Jude Ponting, Harry Vallance as Mike Teavee

The Grown-ups
Jonathan Slinger as Willy Wonka
Barry James as Grandpa Joe
Ross Dawes as Mr Salt
Josefina Gabrielle as Mrs Teavee
Jasna Ivir as Mrs Gloop
Paul J Medford as Mr Beauregarde
Lara Denning as Mrs Bucket
Chris Grahamson as Mr Bucket
Claire Carrie as Grandma Josephine
Myra Sands as Grandma Georgina
Kraig Thornber as Grandpa George
Lucinda Lawrence as Cherry, Lovebird Woman
Steven Serlin as Jerry, Lovebird Man
Helen Colby as Mrs Pratchett

The Oompa-Loompas
Alexander Bartles, Andy Brady, Melanie Brown, Georgia Carling, Katrina Dix, Ryan Gover, Ainsley Hall Rickets, Peter Houston, Thomas Inge, Mikey Jay-Heath, Joanne McShane, Ben Redfern, Johnathan Tweedie, Tara Verloop

Lisa Bridge, Andrew Carthy, Ashley Cooper, Alastair Crosswell, Rebecca Hodge, Sam Lathwood, Robert Tregoning, Michelle White


From the original story by Roald Dahl
Directed by Sam Mendes
Book by David Grieg
New Music & lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman
Set and costume design by Mark Thompson
Choreography by Peter Darling
Orchestrations by Doug Besterman
Musical Director, Nicholas Skilbeck
Lighting design by Paul Pyant
Sound design by Paul Arditti
Projection design by Jon Driscoll



White Light Award for Best Lighting Design

Best Costume Design

What you thought

30 reviews, average rating: (3.5 Stars)

3.5 star rating

Clare Martin: “Amazing production”

A truly memorable experience. Amazing production and direction. If these... more

EmilyC: “Superb show”

Went to see this with my 5 and 7 year old children. They thought it was... more

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