WILLY WONKA’S WORLD OF PURE IMAGINATION
Now in it’s third record breaking year, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory is still entertaining audiences of all ages.
Roald Dahl’s classic story of Charlie Bucket and his encounter with the dark, fantastical world of Willy Wonka and his extraordinary Chocolate Factory, is brought to the West End Stage in a new Musical adaptation directed by Sam Mendes (Academy Award® Winner for American Beauty).
This timeless tale that has been thrilling children and adults alike for almost 50 years, has been given a new lease of life by a phenomenal creative team: With lyrics Scott Wittman, music and lyrics by Marc Shaiman (Grammy® Award Winners – Hairspray and Smash), book by the critically acclaimed playwright David Greig (Tintin in Tibet, The Bacchae), Peter Darling as Choreographer (Matilda The Musical and Billy Elliot The Musical), and design for set and costumes provided by Mark Thompson (Mamma Mia! and One Man, Two Guvnors).
WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
On winning a much sought after golden ticket, Charlie is invited to visit Wonka’s Chocolate Factory – something every child has dreamed of. But once inside the strange and mysterious world of Willy Wonka’s Factory, Charlie and the four other winners are in for a surprise as they discover amidst the chocolate rivers and sugary edible treats, things are not quite as they seem.
This new musical is a spectacle that will leave you in awe as you journey down the sugary corridors of Wonka’s Chocolate factory, pass through its garden of chocolate, encounter an army of squirrels and the infamous Oompa-Loompas! Prepare to be amazed.
WHO IS IN THE SHOW?
The role of Willy Wonka is currently being played by Alex Jennings, whose stage credits include Henry Higgin in My Fair Lady, film credits include The Queen as Prince Charles, and appearances in television series such as Miss Sarple, Being Human, Inspector Morse and Spooks.
DID YOU KNOW?
Whilst Nestle’s currently make the new Wonka bars, Quaker Oats, a long time backer of Saturday morning cartoons in the USA, financed the filming of the movie back in 1970. It was their only venture into the film industry.
There have been two major film adaptations of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory: Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory starring Gene Wilder in 1971 and Charlie & The Chocolate Factory starring Johnny Depp in 2005.
Roald Dahl originally wanted Spike Milligan to play Willy Wonka in the 1971 film. His other choices Ron Moody and Jon Pertwee also turned down the role.
Roald Dahl hated the 1971 film adaptation and refused producers the film rights to make the sequel, Charlie And The Great Glass Elevator.
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Willy Wonka – Jonathan Slinger
Grandpa Joe – Barry James
Mr Salt – Ross Dawes
Mrs Gloop – Jasna Ivir
Mr Beauregarde – Paul J Medford
Grandpa George – Kraig Thornber
Grandma Josephine – Roni Page
Grandma Georgina – Myra Sands
Mrs Bucket – Lara Denning
Mr Bucket – Derek Hagen
Based on the novel by Roald Dahl
Book – David Greig
Music and Lyrics – Marc Shaiman
Lyrics – Scott Wittman
Director – Sam Mendes
Choreographer – Peter Darling
Set and Costume Designer – Mark Thompson
Musical Director – Nicholas Skilbeck
Lighting Designer – Paul Pyant
Sound Designer – Paul Arditti
Video and Projection Designer – Jon Driscoll
Puppet and Illusion Designer – Jamie Harrison
Orchestrations – Doug Besterman
Illustrator – Quentin Blake
All this is testament to Mendes’s skill in masterminding a lavish bonanza of a musical without letting us forget that Dahl’s book is a morality play in which vice is punished and virtue gets its edible reward.
Michael Billington, The Guardian
It’s possibly even sweeter second time around, for Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman’s music and lyrics grow richer and deeper on a repeat hearing. I found myself humming happily along to songs such as Don’cha Pinch Me Charlie and If Your Mother were Here; these and other numbers are beginning to seem agreeably like old friends.
Fiona Mountford, The London Evening Standard
By far the greatest fun is to be had from the Oompa Loompas, the pint-and-a-half-sized factory workers who light up the stage each time they appear.
During my performance, their turns were greeted with rock-star applause. In a handful of glorious sequences, they disco in rollerskates, tap-dance on pipework and go raving in neon clubbing outfits. They alone are worth the price of admission. Without giving away any secrets, they are a triumph of staging, providing the missing link between the puppeteered drays of War Horse and the pantomime horse.
2014 Olivier Awards
Best Lighting Design
Best Costume Design