Unless you spent your childhood under a rock or your parents didn’t like you, you would (should!) have read Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I’ve read the book, my daughter has read the book, we’ve seen two versions of the film; such is the enduring legacy of Roald Dahl. Like Cameron from Modern Family, I consider myself ‘theatre folk’ so was rather excited to hear about the new stage production of Charlie & co directed by Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes.
And this isn’t just any old stage production. Oh no. Set at The Theatre Royal Drury Lane, the music is by Marc Shaiman and the lyrics are by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman (Grammy® winners for Hairspray; Smash). The book (and now I’ve seen Smash I know what this is) by award-winning playwright and adaptor David Greig (Midsummer; Creditors; Tintin in Tibet), set and costume designs by Mark Thompson (Mamma Mia!; One Man, Two Guvnors) and choreography by Peter Darling (Billy Elliot; Matilda).
Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder left big shoes to fill) is played by Olivier and Tony Award®-winning actor Douglas Hodge and he is accompanies by Nigel Planer as Grandpa Joe, Clive Carter as Mr Salt, Jasna Ivir as Mrs Gloop, Paul J Medford as Mr Beauregarde, Iris Roberts as Mrs Teavee, Billy Boyle as Grandpa George, Roni Page as Grandma Josephine and Myra Sands as Grandma Georgina. I am almost as excited as my children at the thought of seeing this production on stage.
Watch the creative team behind the musical come together to talk about the production as well as a sneak peek at the rehearsals with the cast and orchestra here.
Further information and tickets (from £25) are available from www.CharlieandtheChocolateFactory.com. Opening night is Tuesday 25 June at 7.30pm.