Charlie and the Chocolate Factory MusicalRoald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory stars Jonathan Slinger as Willy Wonka.

He is joined by Barry James and Myra Sands playing Grandpa Joe and Grandma Georgina.

With Lara Denning (Mrs Bucket), Chris Grahamson (Mr Bucket), Paul J Medford is Mr Beauregarde (father of Violet): Jasna Ivir/Mrs Gloop (the  gluttonous Augustus' mother), Ross Dawes/ Mr Salt (father of spoiled Veruca): Josefina Gabrielle/Mrs Teavee: Rebecca Seale/Mrs Pratchett,Lucinda Lawrence/Cherry,Lovebird Woman:Mark Oxtoby/Jerry, Lovebird Man: Roni Page/Grandma Josephine: Kraig Thornber/Grandpa George with Joe Allen/Mr Gloop, Oompa DJ and Oompa Loompas Andy Brady, Georgia Carling, Andrew Carthy, Sam Lathwood, Lucinda Lawrence, Steven Serlin, Robert Tregoning, Tara Verloop, Michelle White, Alexander Bartles, Lisa Bridge, Melanie Brown, Helen Colby, Ashley Cooper, Alastair Crosswell, Katrina Dix, Ryan Gover, Rebecca Hodge, Peter Houston, Thomas Inge, Mikey Jay-Heath, Joanne McShane, Ben Redfern, Ainsley Hall Ricketts and Johnathan Tweedie.

The children are played by Charlie Bucket:Noah Crump |Johnny Evans-Hutchison |
Zachary Loonie |Jake Poolman: Augustus Gloop:Logan Cripps |Dane Juler |Benjamin Lewis: Veruca Salt:Ellie Benge |Hannah Howland |Ella Tweed: Violet Beauregarde:Armani Hall |Psalms-Nissi Myers-Reid | Miriam Nyarko:Mike Teavee: Archie Durrant |
Freddie Haggerty | Harry Vallance

The musical is directed by Sam Mendes, with a book by David Greig and new songs from Hairspray's Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.

Roald Dahl's 1964 novel tells the story of Charlie Bucket's visit to Willy Wonka's mysterious factory and has twice been made into a hit film. The 1971 film starred Gene Wilder as the mysterious Mr Wonka, with Johnny Depp taking the role in the 2005 re-make.

Charlie Bucket is a poor boy living with his widowed mother and bed-ridden grandparents in a dilapidated house. He helps out by delivering newspapers after school.

One day the local candymaker Willy Wonka announces that he has hidden five Golden Tickets amongst his Wonka Bars. The finders of these special tickets will be given a full tour of his tightly-guarded candy factory with a lifetime supply of chocolate. Charlie wants to take part in the search but cannot afford to buy Wonka Bars. Four of the tickets are found by Augustus Gloop (a gluttonous German), Veruca Salt (a spoiled English girl), Violet Beauregarde (a gum chewing American) and Mike Teevee a TV obsessed American.

Charlie finds a silver coin in the gutter and uses it to buy a Wonka Bar where he finds the fifth golden ticket. And then the story unfolds ...

Set and costume design will be by Mark Thompson with choreography by Peter Darling. Other members of the creative team include: Doug Besterman (orchestrations); Nicholas Skilbeck (Musical Director); Paul Pyant (Lighting Designer); Paul Arditti (Sound Designer) and Jon Driscoll (Video and Projection Designer).

You can order a copy of the London Cast recording of this show from Amazon.


show times

Monday-Saturday 7:30 pm. Matinees Wednesday & Saturday at 2:30 pm / Running time 2 hours 30 minutes including interval



Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Catherine Street
London, WC2B 5JF

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underground Tubes :  Covent Garden  (Piccadilly line)
Train: Charing Cross
buses to Her Majesty's Theatre 1, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 26, 68, 76, 77A, 168, 171, 171A, 176, 188
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Infra-red system with headsets. Induction loop at Box Office.  Headsets available in the foyer.
Guide dogs are allowed inside the auditorium. Staff can also dog-sit up to four dogs per performance in the Manager's office.
Entrance to theatre through door on Russell Street which leads into the left of the Stalls. Four spaces for wheelchairs users, L1 and 35 and K1 and 35, companions can sit in the same row. Transfer seating to aisle seats, wheelchairs can be stored in the Stalls store room (maximum of two scooter transferees). Stair lift also available (transfer)
Adapted toilet to the left inside Russell Street entrance, beside the Stalls.