First Look Photo Update: Alex Jennings as Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Alex Jennings joins the cast of hit musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory tonight at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

Taking over from Douglas Hodge, who left the show on Saturday, Jennings plays Willy Wonka in Roald Dahl’s magical story.

Other new cast members to join the show tonight include Barry James as Grandpa Joe, Josefina Gabrielle as Mrs Teavee, and Richard Dempsey and Kirsty Malpass as Charlie’s parents Mr and Mrs Bucket. New ensemble members include Dan Cooke, Divine Cresswell, Connor Dowling, Gemma Fuller, Robert Jones, Matthew Rowland, Rebecca Seale, Gregory Sims, Paulo Teixeira and Laura Tyrer.

Clive Carter (Mr Salt), Jasna Ivir (Mrs Gloop), Paul J Medford (Mr Beauregarde), Billy Boyle (Grandpa George), Roni Page (Grandma Josephine) and Myra Sands (Grandma Georgina) all remain in the cast.

Directed by Sam Mendes, the musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s much-loved children’s book has broken all box-office records at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and is now booking to May 2015.

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Alex Jennings in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Alex Jennings as Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Alex Jennings as Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory