Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - the Musical takes to the stage for West End premiere and six-month run

Posted: 15th October 2012
Roald Dahl's classic family tale to be directed by Sam Mendes in the West End from May 2013, tickets on sale now

One of the most revered and loved musicals of all time was recently aired on terrestrial TV and still looked, sounded and felt as fresh as the day it first appeared some 40 years ago. And there's no denying that Roald Dahl's cautionary tale of 'having too much of a good thing' certainly seems to strike a chord in this day and age of materialistic greed.

But apart from the underlying 'do right' message, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is all about fun. And puzzles. And candy. Lots of candy. In fact, so much of the sugary treasures, you'll need to watch this new version of Dahl's cracking story in glorious Wonkavision™. The endearing story of good-kid Charlie's prize-winning trip to Willy Wonka's vast chocolate-producing emporium never ceases to fascinate. The Oompa-Loompas, the cranky little factory-workers with a trick up their sleeves and a song for any wrong-doings by the other (awful) prize-winners, Veruca Salt, Augustus Gloop etc, are on hand to ensure that the sweetness isn't overcome by any weakness.

In May 2013, for the first time ever, Charlie Bucket and his granddad will appear on stage in London in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - The Musical. Based on and adapted from the classic children's story and the subsequent films, this exciting stage version will appear at London's Drury Lane under the direction of Sam Mendes, the man behind films such as American Beauty, Road to Perdition and the latest James Bond vehicle, Skyfall, as well as several re-inventions of other musicals such as Oliver!, Gypsy and Cabaret. Music is scored by Tony-winners, Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman.

The show's run begins on 18th May and continues until 30th November 2013. We have tickets available now, priced from as little as £14 for Balcony seats, £28.50 - £38.50 for Grand Circles and £79 for Premium Stalls. This has all the hallmarks of being a long-running production.

Paul Pledger