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Charlie and The Chocolate Factory continues into 2015

Casting news

SAM Mendes’ production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has once again extended its run at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane; this time until May 30, 2015. Tickets for the new booking period will be on sale from February 7, 2014.

It has also been announced that the show has broken box office records for the second time. Following takings of over £1 million in November last year, it took a total of £1,080,260 in the week commencing December 30, 2013.

Previously Posted: Nigel Planer (as Grandpa Joe) will join Douglas Hodge (Willy Wonka) in the cast of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, which opens at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on June 25, 2013, following preview performances from May 18.

They in turn will be joined by Clive Carter (as Mr Salt), Jasna Ivir (Mrs Gloop), Paul J Medford (Mr Beauregarde), Iris Roberts (Mrs Teavee) and Myra Sands (Grandma Georgina).

Other cast members will include Joe Allen, David Birch, Michelle Bishop, Mireia Mambo Bokele, Matthew Clark, Alex Clatworthy, Jennifer Davison, Luke Fetherston, Damien Poole and Jack Shalloo.

Charlie Bucket loves chocolate and Mr Willy Wonka, the most wondrous inventor in the world, is opening the gates of his amazing chocolate factory to five lucky children. It’s the prize of a lifetime and more than anything else, Charlie would like a ticket.

Comedian, novelist and playwright Nigel Planer is perhaps best known for his role as Neil in the cult BBC comedy The Young Ones. However, he has appeared in many West End musicals, among them Evita, Chicago, We Will Rock You, Wicked and Hairspray. He also narrates the children’s TV show, Grizzly Tales for Gruesome Kids.

The stage adaptation, which has a book by David Greig and new songs from Hairspray‘s Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, will be directed by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes, who has recently directed the latest James Bond film, Skyfall.

Charlie and The Chocolate Factory will have set and costume design by Mark Thompson, choreography by Peter Darling (Matilda, Billy Elliot), orchestrations by Doug Besterman, musical direction by Nicholas Skilbeck, lighting by Paul Pyant, sound by Paul Arditti and video and projection design by Jon Driscoll.

The new musical follows two successful film adaptations of Roald Dahl’s book – the most recent, in 2005, was directed by Tim Burton and starred Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka.

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