Sam Mendes casts Douglas Hodge in new West End production of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.
The actor Douglas Hodge is to take on his most high-profile stage project next year when he plays the iconic role of Willy Wonka in a major new stage musical of Roald Dahl’s Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.
The £10 million production will be directed by Sam Mendes, who is currently working on the next James Bond movie Skyfall, and will open at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in June 2013, following previews from 18 May.
Hodge follows a number of high-profile actors who have played the chocolate svengali including Gene Wilder and Johnny Depp, who played the role in movie adaptations of Dahl’s popular children’s book.
Douglas Hodge’s career spans the full breadth of acting, from stage drama and musicals to TV and film. His stage career includes a long association with the work of Harold Pinter, Olivier and Tony Awards for his role as female impersonator Albin in La Cage Aux Folles, directing a number of productions and writing a musical. On screen his roles have included Middlemarch for the BBC and Vanity Fair.
His next project, opening this month, is to play Cyrano de Bergerac for the Roundabout Theatre Company in New York directed by Jamie Lloyd.
Olivier Award winning choreographer Peter Darling, who won an award this year for his work on Matilda The Musical and choreographed the movie and stage versions of Billy Elliot, will choreograph the show, with set and costumes by acclaimed designer Mark Thompson (One Man, Two Guvnors, Mamma Mia!).
The show will be produced by Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Kevin McCormick and Neal Street Productions – the company owned by Caro Newling and Sam Mendes and who also produce that other big movie-to-musical show Shrek The Musical at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.
The show will have a book by David Greig, with songs by Hairspray duo Marc Shaiman and Scott Whitmann.