Douglas Hodge to play Willy Wonka in Charlie & The Chocolate Factory
Story by Jack Foley
OLIVIER and Tony Award®-winning actor Douglas Hodge will play Willy Wonka in Roald Dahl’s Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, which opens at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on June 25 next year (2013).
The casting announcement was made just ahead of tickets for the new musical going on public sale on Monday, October 15 for performances from May 18, 2013 until the end of the current booking period on Saturday, November 30, 2013.
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.
On Broadway, he is currently starring at the American Airlines Theatre in the title role of Cyrano de Bergerac, for the Roundabout Theatre Company. He won the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for his Broadway debut in La Cage Aux Folles, having already won the Olivier Award for the same performance in London.
For 10 years he worked closely with Harold Pinter, and he was Associate Director at the Donmar from 2007 to 2009.
He has released two albums of his own compositions Cowley Road Songs and Nightbus, and won the Stiles and Drewe 2012 Best New Song Award for Powercut.
Alongside numerous television credits, his feature films include Vanity Fair, Robin Hood, the soon to be released Serena and Diana – in which he plays Paul Burrell, butler to Diana, Princess of Wales.
About Charlie & The Chocolate Factory
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.