CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
He is joined by Nigel Planer and Myra Sands as Grandpa Joe and Grandma Georgina. Jack Shalloo and Alex Clatworthy are playing Charlie’s parents.
Paul J Medford will play Mr Beauregarde (father of Violet): Jasna Ivir will play Mrs Gloop (the gluttonous Augustus' mother), Clive Carter will be Mr Salt (father of spoiled Veruca): Iris Roberts is Mrs Teavee: Michelle Bishop/Mrs Pratchett and Kate Graham/Cherry.
With Ooompa Loompas Joe Allen, David Birch, Luke Fetherston, Nia Fisher, Clare Halse, Mark Iles, Kieran Jae, Mireia Mambo Bokele, Natalie Moore-Williams, Sherrie Pennington, Damien Poole, Paul Saunders and Swings Matthew Clark, Jennifer Davison, Daniel Ioannou, Jane McMurtrie (Dance Captain) and Jay Webb with further casting still to be announced.
The children are: Charlie Bucket: Jack Costello/Tom Klenerman/ Isaac Rouse and Louis Suc: Augustus Gloop: Harrison Slater/Jenson Steele and Regan Stokes: Veruca Salt:Polly Allen/Tia Noakes and Ellie Simons: Violet Beauregarde: India Ria Amarteifio/ Adrianna Bertola/Jade Johnson and Mya Olaye: Mike Teavee: Jay Heyman/Adam Mitchell and Luca Toomey.
The new 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).
Book tickets for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory which is previewing and opens on 25th June. It is booking until 30th November 2013.
Monday-Saturday 7:30 pm. Matinees Wednesday & Saturday at 2:30 pm / Running time 2 hours 30 minutes including interval
HOW TO GET TO CHARLIE'S FACTORY
Theatre Royal Drury Lane
London, WC2B 5JF
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|Tubes : Covent Garden (Piccadilly line)
Train: Charing Cross
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DISABLED ACCESS TO CHARLIE'S FACTORY
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.