deliciously dark tale of young Charlie
the mysterious confectioner Willy
to life in a brand new West End musical directed by Academy Award® winner Sam
When Charlie wins a golden ticket to the weird and wonderful Wonka Chocolate Factory, it's the chance of a lifetime to feast on the sweets he's always dreamed of. But beyond the gates astonishment awaits, as down the sugary corridors and amongst the incredible edible delights, the five lucky winners discover not everything is as sweet as it seems.
Featuring ingenious stagecraft, the wonder of the original story that has captivated the world for almost 50 years is brought to life with music by Marc Shaiman, and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman (Grammy® winners for Hairspray; Smash), a book by award-winning playwright and adaptor David Greig (The Bacchae; Tintin In Tibet), set and costume designs by Mark Thompson (Mamma Mia!; One Man, Two Guvnors) and choreography by Peter Darling (Billy Elliot The Musical; Matilda The Musical).
A chocolate garden, an army of squirrels and the curiously peculiar Oompa-Loompas must be believed to be seen in this spectacular new musical that is choc-full of fantastical treats to dazzle your senses.
Douglas Hodge - Willy Wonka
Douglas Hodge is a four time Olivier-nominated actor/director, who has worked at
the National Theatre, the RSC, Shakespeare's Globe and the Royal Court Theatre.
For his Broadway debut in La Cage Aux Folles he won the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards.
For ten years he worked closely with Harold Pinter, and he was Associate Director at the Donmar from 2007 to 2009. He released two albums of his own compositions 'Cowley Road Songs' and 'Nightbus', and he won the Stiles and Drewe 2012 Best New Song Award.
Alongside numerous television credits, his films include Vanity Fair, Robin Hoodand the soon to be released Serena; and Diana – in which he plays Paul Burrell.
Nigel Planer - Grandpa Joe
Nigel trained at LAMDA and is a founder member of The London Comedy Store and
the Comic Strip group. He has worked extensively in theatre, film and television
as an actor.
Planer is perhaps best known for his role as Neil in the cult BBC comedy The Young Ones. He has appeared in many West End musicals, including Evita, Chicago, We Will Rock You, Wicked and Hairspray. He is long time comedy partners with Peter Richardson. He also narrates the children's TV show, Grizzly Tales for Gruesome Kids
Nigel is also a writer and has written comedy books, novels, plays and scripts. He wrote and voiced over one hundred episodes of the Magic Roundabout for Channel 4.
Paul J Medford - Mr Beauregarde
New York includes: Caligula,
Helicon, Alfred Preisser, Classical Theatre of Harlem; Swango,
Bartender, Tony Stimac, White Plains PAC, Queen’s Theatre in the Park;Dance
Of The Holy Ghosts,
Father Michael, Liz Diamond, Yale Rep Theatre
London West End includes: Sweet Charity, Daddy Bruebeck, Paul White, Theatre Royal, Haymarket; The Lion King, Banzai, Judy Taymor, Lyceum Theatre;Mother Clap's Molly House, Eros, Nicholas Hytner, National Theatre; Five Guys Named Moe, Little Moe, Charles Augins, Lyric Theatre; My One And Only, Loveday Ingram, Piccadilly Theatre; Snakehips, Clarke Peters, National Theatre; Bartholomew Fair, Mooncalf, Richard Eyre, National Theatre; The Changeling, Richard Eyre, National Theatre;Dragon >, Henrik, Ultz, National Theatre; The Queen And I, Fitzroy, Max Stafford Clark, Royal Court Theatre for Out of Joint Productions; Road, Eddie, Max Stafford Clark, Royal Court Theatre for Out of Joint Productions; Hair, Hud, Michael Bogdanov, Old Vic.
Off West End/Regional includes: Dick Whittington And His Cat, Cat, Steve Marmion, Lyric Hammersmith; The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, Mr Tumnus, Adrian Noble RSC; Follow My Leader, Mark Clements, Hampstead Theatre; Oh What A Lovely War, Fiona Laird, Roundhouse Theatre; Roll With The Punches, Chris Bond, Tricycle Theatre, Kilburn; Sweeney Todd, Tobias, Chris Bond, Open Air Theatre, Holland Park; Salsa Celestine, Parmeno, Lou Stein, Palace Theatre, Watford; Fashion, Robin, Leicester Haymarket, Michael Attenborough; Robeson, Tom, Young Vic, Richard Williams.
Television and Film includes: Sugartown, Michael, BBC; Casualty, Mal Freeman, Declan Dwyer, BBC TV; Whatever, Steve, Channel 4, Peter Boyd McLean; Invasion Earth, Nick Shay, Richard Laxton, BBC/Sci Fi; This Life, Paul, Dominic Lees, BBC TV; Call Red, Malcolm, Meridian, Chris King; The Chief, Jaffa Warren, Rick Stroud, Anglia; Eastenders (regular), Kelvin, BBC TV; Something Wrong In Paradise, Seenoeveil, David Liddiment, Granada; Return Of The Saint, Obono, Anthony Simmons, Euston Films; The Professionals, Felix Ojuka, Chris King, Euston Films;The Storymakers, Wordsworth, BBC TV.
When: Saturday 5th
Price: Royal Circle, Rows C, D, and E £67.50
Grand Circle, Rows G, H and J £49.50
The Royal Circle is level 2 of 4. (Shown as Grand Circle on the Seating Plan)
The Grand Circle is
level 3 of 4. (Shown as Upper Circle on the Seating Plan)
Where: Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine Street, London, United Kingdom, WC2B 5JF
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The cast may change at short notice due to illness or unforeseen circumstances.