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CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY: New cast announced

March 10, 2014 

The new cast has been announced for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

Joining the already announced Alex Jennings, who will replace Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka, the cast will 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.

The new cast make their first appearance on 19 May 2014.

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) will all continue in the cast, and 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.

Earlier today Sam Mendes’ production of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory scooped seven Olivier Award nominations including Best New Musical and Best Actor in a Musical for Douglas Hodge.

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MORE ABOUT THE NEW CAST

Barry James: Barry’s theatre credits include the role of Seymour in the West End premiere of The Little Shop of Horrors, and Thenardier on the 1988 Grammy Award-winning symphonic cast recording of Les Misérables. Other theatre credits include The Phantom of the Opera, Beauty and the Beast, Oliver!, She Loves Me (Olivier-nominated), Grand Hotel (all West End), Sweeney Todd (Olivier-nominated), The Merchant of Venice, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (all NT) and the 25th Anniversary Celebrations of The Phantom of the Opera at The Royal Albert Hall.

Josefina Gabrielle: She began her career as a soloist with the National Ballet of Portugal. Her theatre credits include: Two Into One (Menier Chocolate Factory); Puss In Boots (Hackney Empire); Merrily We Roll Along (Olivier award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical, Menier Chocolate Factory, Harold Pinter Theatre and Digital Theatre); The King and I (UK tour; MTA nomination for best actress in a visiting company); Me And My Girl (Sheffield Crucible); Sweet Charity (Menier Chocolate Factory and Theatre Royal Haymarket – Clarence Derwent Award winner and Olivier award nomination for Best Supporting Actress); Hello, Dolly! (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); The 39 Steps (Criterion); The Witches of Eastwick (Prince of Wales); Chicago (Adelphi and Cambridge Theatres); Oklahoma! (National and Lyceum theatres, London, and Gershwin Theatre, New York; nominated for Olivier Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Actress in a Musical and Astaire Award for Outstanding Dance); Fame (Cambridge Theatre) and Carousel (National and Shaftesbury Theatres). Her screen credits include Miranda, Doctors, Ronnie Ancona & Co, Heartbeat, Totally Frank, Born and Bred, Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, Sunburn and Oklahoma!

Richard Dempsey: His theatre credits include the world tour of Propeller’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Merchant of Venice and Neil Kellerman in the UK Premiere of Dirty Dancing. Other theatre credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Noel Coward Theatre), Victor/Victoria (Southwark Playhouse), Alice in Wonderland Me (Bristol Old Vic), Citizenship/Burn, Honk! (both National Theatre).

Kirsty Malpass: She has recently finished working opposite Tim Pigott-Smith at the Park Theatre. She made her West End debut in the award winning Jerry Springer the Opera and has worked extensively throughout the West End, regional theatre and in national tours, with directors such as Edward Hall, Matthew Warchus and Jeremy Sams, for whom she made her most recent musical theatre appearance playing Maria in The Sound of Music. She last performed at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in The Lord of the Rings.

 

Olivier Awards – Nominations 2014 – By Numbers and By Show

March 10, 2014 

Nominations announced: 10 March 2014

Awards to be announced: 13 April 2014, Royal Opera House

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NOMINATIONS 2014 – BY NUMBERS

 

SEVEN NOMINATIONS:
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
Merrily We Roll Along

SIX NOMINATIONS:
Once
The Book Of Mormon
The Scottsboro Boys

FIVE NOMINATIONS:
Chimerica
Ghosts

FOUR NOMINATIONS:
The Light Princess

THREE NOMINATIONS:
The Amen Corner

TWO NOMINATIONS:
Coriolanus
Henry V
Othello
Peter and Alice
Private Lives
The Sound Of Music
The Wind In The Willows

ONE NOMINATION:
1984
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Ballet Black – A Dream Within A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Barbican Britten: Phaedra
Barry Humphries’ Farewell Tour – Eat, Pray, Laugh!
Derren Brown: Infamous
Eric And Little Ern
Fleabag
Handbagged
Jeeves & Wooster In Perfect Nonsense
Josephine And I
La Donna Del Lago
Les Misérable
Les Vĕpres Siciliennes
Matilda The Musical
Nabucco
Oh What A Lovely War
Puz/zle
Strangers On A Train
Tell Me On A Sunday
The Cripple Of Inishmaan
The Duck House
The Firework-Maker’s Daughter
The Full Monty
The Mark Morris Season
The Night Alive
The Phantom Of The Opera
The Pride
The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui
The Same Deep Water As Me
The Weir
What’s Become Of You? (Questcequetudeviens?)
Wicked
Witch-Hunt
Wozzeck

 

NOMINATIONS 2014 – BY SHOW

 

1984
BEST NEW PLAY: 1984 at the Almeida Theatre

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Katherine Kingsley for A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Noël Coward Theatre

Ballet Black – A Dream Within A Midsummer Night’s Dream
OUSTANDING ACHIEVMENT IN DANCE: Arthur Pita for his choreography of Ballet Black – A Dream Within A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House

Barbican Britten: Phaedra
BEST NEW DANCE PRODUCTION: Richard Alston Dance Company/Britten Sinfonia for Barbican Britten: Phaedra at the Barbican Theatre

Barry Humphries’ Farewell Tour – Eat, Pray, Laugh!
BEST ENTERTAINMENT AND FAMILY: Barry Humphries’ Farewell Tour – Eat, Pray, Laugh! at the London Palladium

Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL: Douglas Hodge for Charlie And The Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane
BEST COSTUME DESIGN: Mark Thompson for Charlie And The Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane
BEST LIGHTING DESIGN: Paul Pyant for Charlie And The Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane
BEST NEW MUSICAL: Charlie And The Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane
BEST THEATRE CHOREOGRAPHER: Peter Darling for Charlie And The Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane
BEST SET DESIGN: Mark Thompson for Charlie And The Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane
BEST PERFORMANCE IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL: Nigel Planer for Charlie And The Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Chimerica
BEST SOUND DESIGN: Carolyn Downing for Chimerica at the Almeida Theatre & Harold Pinter Theatre
BEST NEW PLAY: Chimerica at the Almeida Theatre & Harold Pinter Theatre
BEST SET DESIGN: Es Devlin for Chimerica at the Almeida Theatre & Harold Pinter Theatre
BEST DIRECTOR: Lyndsey Turner for Chimerica at the Almeida Theatre & Harold Pinter Theatre
BEST LIGHTING DESIGN: Tim Lutkin & Finn Ross for Chimerica at the Almeida Theatre & Harold Pinter Theatre

Coriolanus
BEST ACTOR: Tom Hiddleston for Coriolanus at the Donmar Warehouse
BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Mark Gatiss for Coriolanus at the Donmar Warehouse

Derren Brown: Infamous
BEST ENTERTAINMENT AND FAMILY: Derren Brown: Infamous at the Palace Theatre

Eric And Little Ern
BEST ENTERTAINMENT AND FAMILY: Eric And Little Ern at the Vaudeville Theatre

Fleabag
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN AN AFFILIATE THEATRE: Fleabag at the Soho Theatre

Ghosts
BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Jack Lowden for Ghosts at the Almeida Theatre & Trafalgar Studios
BEST ACTRESS: Lesley Manville for Ghosts at the Almeida Theatre & Trafalgar Studios
BEST REVIVAL: Ghosts at the Almeida Theatre & Trafalgar Studios
BEST LIGHTING DESIGN: Peter Mumford for Ghosts at the Almeida Theatre & Trafalgar Studios
BEST DIRECTOR: Richard Eyre for Ghosts at the Almeida Theatre & Trafalgar Studios

Handbagged
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN AN AFFILIATE THEATRE: Handbagged at the Tricycle Theatre

Henry V
BEST ACTOR: Jude Law for Henry V at the Noël Coward Theatre
BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Ron Cook for Henry V at the Noël Coward Theatre

Jeeves & Wooster In Perfect Nonsense
BEST NEW COMEDY: Jeeves & Wooster In Perfect Nonsense at the Duke of York’s Theatre

Josephine And I
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN AN AFFILIATE THEATRE: Cush Jumbo for Josephine And I at the Bush Theatre

La Donna Del Lago
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN OPERA: Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez for their performances in La Donna Del Lago at the Royal Opera House

Les Misérable
AUDIENCE AWARD: Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre

Les Vĕpres Siciliennes
BEST NEW OPERA PRODUCTION: Les Vĕpres Siciliennes at the Royal Opera House

Matilda The Musical
AUDIENCE AWARD: Matilda The Musical at the Cambridge Theatre

Merrily We Roll Along
BEST SOUND DESIGN: Gareth Owen for Merrily We Roll Along at the Harold Pinter Theatre
BEST PERFORMANCE IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL: Josefina Gabrielle for Merrily We Roll Along at the Harold Pinter Theatre
BEST DIRECTOR: Maria Friedman for Merrily We Roll Along at the Harold Pinter Theatre
BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL: Jenna Russell for Merrily We Roll Along at the Harold Pinter Theatre
BEST COSTUME DESIGN: Soutra Gilmour for Merrily We Roll Along at the Harold Pinter Theatre
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC: Merrily We Roll Along – The orchestra
BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL: Merrily We Roll Along at the Harold Pinter Theatre

Nabucco
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN OPERA: Plácido Domingo for his performance in Nabucco at the Royal Opera House

Oh What A Lovely War
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN AN AFFILIATE THEATRE: Oh What A Lovely War at the Theatre Royal Stratford East

Once
BEST SET DESIGN:Bob Crowley for Once at the Phoenix Theatre
BEST SOUND DESIGN: Clive Goodwin for Once at the Phoenix Theatre
BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL: Zrinka Cvitešić for Once at the Phoenix Theatre
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC: Once – Martin Lowe for composition & arrangements, Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová for music & lyrics
BEST NEW MUSICAL: Once at the Phoenix Theatre
BEST THEATRE CHOREOGRAPHER: Steven Hoggett for Once at the Phoenix Theatre

Othello
BEST ACTOR: Rory Kinnear for Othello at the National Theatre, Olivier
BEST REVIVAL: Othello at the National Theatre, Olivier

Peter and Alice
BEST ACTRESS: Judi Dench for Peter And Alice at the Noël Coward Theatre
BEST NEW PLAY: Peter And Alice at the Noël Coward Theatre

Private Lives
BEST ACTRESS: Anna Chancellor for Private Lives at the Gielgud Theatre
BEST REVIVAL: Private Lives at the Gielgud Theatre

Puz/zle
BEST NEW DANCE PRODUCTION: Eastman – Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui & Sadler’s Wells for Puz/zle at Sadler’s Wells

Strangers On A Train
BEST SET DESIGN: Tim Goodchild for Strangers On A Train at the Gielgud Theatre

Tell Me On A Sunday
BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL: Tell Me On A Sunday at the St James Theatre & the Duchess Theatre

The Amen Corner
BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Sharon D Clarke for The Amen Corner at the National Theatre, Olivier
BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Cecilia Noble for The Amen Corner at the National Theatre, Olivier
BEST REVIVAL: The Amen Corner at the National Theatre, Olivier

The Book Of Mormon
BEST THEATRE CHOREOGRAPHER: Casey Nicholaw for The Book Of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre
BEST PERFORMANCE IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL: Stephen Ashfield for The Book Of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre
BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL: Gavin Creel for The Book Of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre
BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL: Jared Gertner for The Book Of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC: The Book Of Mormon – Trey Parker, Robert Lopez & Matt Stone for book, music & lyrics
BEST NEW MUSICAL: The Book Of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre

The Cripple Of Inishmaan
BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Sarah Greene for The Cripple Of Inishmaan at the Noël Coward Theatre

The Duck House
BEST NEW COMEDY: The Duck House at the Vaudeville Theatre

The Firework-Maker’s Daughter
BEST NEW OPERA PRODUCTION: The Firework-Maker’s Daughter at the Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House

The Full Monty
BEST NEW COMEDY: The Full Monty at the Noël Coward Theatre

The Light Princess
BEST LIGHTING DESIGN: Paule Constable for The Light Princess at the National Theatre, Lyttelton
BEST SOUND DESIGN: Simon Baker for The Light Princess at the National Theatre, Lyttelton
BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL: Rosalie Craig for The Light Princess at the National Theatre, Lyttelton
BEST COSTUME DESIGN: Rae Smith for The Light Princess at the National Theatre, Lyttelton

The Mark Morris Season
OUSTANDING ACHIEVMENT IN DANCE: The Mark Morris Season at Sadler’s Wells

The Night Alive
BEST NEW PLAY: The Night Alive at the Donmar Warehouse

The Phantom Of The Opera
AUDIENCE AWARD: The Phantom Of The Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre

The Pride
BEST ACTRESS: Hayley Atwell for The Pride at the Trafalgar Studios

The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui
BEST ACTOR: Henry Goodman for The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui at the Duchess Theatre

The Same Deep Water As Me
BEST NEW COMEDY: The Same Deep Water As Me at the Donmar Warehouse

The Scottsboro Boys
BEST PERFORMANCE IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL: Colman Domingo for The Scottsboro Boys at the Young Vic
BEST DIRECTOR: Susan Stroman for The Scottsboro Boys at the Young Vic
BEST THEATRE CHOREOGRAPHER: Susan Stroman for The Scottsboro Boys at the Young Vic
BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL: Kyle Scatliffe for The Scottsboro Boys at the Young Vic
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC: The Scottsboro Boys – John Kander & Fred Ebb for music & lyrics
BEST NEW MUSICAL: The Scottsboro Boys at the Young Vic

The Sound Of Music
BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL: Charlotte Wakefield for The Sound Of Music at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL: The Sound Of Music at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

The Weir
BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Ardal O’Hanlon for The Weir at the Donmar Warehouse & the Wyndham’s Theatre

The Wind In The Willows
BEST COSTUME DESIGN: Nicky Gillibrand for The Wind In The Willows at the Duchess Theatre
BEST ENTERTAINMENT AND FAMILY: The Wind In The Willows at the Duchess Theatre

What’s Become Of You? (Questcequetudeviens?)
BEST NEW DANCE PRODUCTION: Compagnie 111 Aurélien Bory/Stéphanie Fuster for What’s Become Of You? (Questcequetudeviens?) at the Barbican Theatre

Wicked
AUDIENCE AWARD: Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre

Witch-Hunt
OUSTANDING ACHIEVMENT IN DANCE: Clemmie Sveaas for her performance in Witch-Hunt at the Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House

Wozzeck
BEST NEW OPERA PRODUCTION: Wozzeck by English National Opera at the London Coliseum

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See the full list of Olivier Awards Nominations 2014

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CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY: Alex Jennings to play Willy Wonka

February 12, 2014 

Douglas Hodge is to leave Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on 17 May 2014, to be replaced by Alex Jennings.

New casting has been announced for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

Award-winning actor Alex Jennings is to take over the lead part of Willy Wonka from Monday 19 May 2014.

Douglas Hodge is currently playing the part of Willy Wonka in the show, and will finish his performances on Saturday 17 May 2014.

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 has already been seen by over half a million people since it opened in June 2013.

Alex Jennings in an award-winning actor, with Olivier Award wins for Peer Gynt (1996), My Fair Lady (2003) and Too Clever By Half (1988). Other theatre credits include National Theatre shows Untold Stories, The Habit of Art, Stuff Happens, The Winter’s Tale and The Relapse, RSC productions including Hamlet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and productions including The Liar, The Wild Duck, The Importance of Being Earnest, and The Country Wife. On screen he has appeared in The Queen, Smiley’s People, Hancock and Joan and Cranford.

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CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY: Extends to May 2015

January 28, 2014 

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is extending its run at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane until 30 May 2015.

The brand new booking period will go on sale on 7 February 2014.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory stars Douglas Hodge in Sam Mendes’ hugely successful production based on Roald Dahl’s much-loved book.

The show is adapted by David Greig, with songs by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.

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West End Theatre at the Royal Variety Performance including Dame Edna and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

November 29, 2013 

This year’s Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium saw the West End’s Dame Edna make a surprise appearance, and the casts of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Harry Hill’s I Can’t Sing! – The X Factor Musical and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Stephen Ward perform.

The annual Royal Variety Performance in aid of the Entertainment Artistes’ Benevolent Fund was held this Monday 25 November 2013 at the London Palladium attended by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.

Nigel Harman as Simon Cowell in a performance from I Can't Sing! The X Factor Musical. Photo copyright: ITV

Nigel Harman as Simon Cowell in a performance from I Can’t Sing! The X Factor Musical. Photo copyright: ITV

Hosted by comedian and actor John Bishop, the show saw Dame Edna, who is currently performing at the Palladium in Eat, Pray, Laugh! Barry Humphries’ Farewell Tour, surprised the Royal guests by appearing in the Royal Box at the start of the show. She also did an onstage set.

Dame Edna surprises Prince Charles and Camilla in the Royal Box. Photo copyright: ITV

Dame Edna surprises Prince Charles and Camilla in the Royal Box. Photo copyright: ITV

West End theatre casts that performed during the night included new musical I Can’t Sing! The X-Factor Musical, which opens at the London Palladium on 27 February 2014. Harry Hill, the show’s writer, introduced a musical segment from the show, with Nigel Harman as Simon Cowell being lowered God-like down on to the stage, and the show’s star Cynthia Erivo, who plays Chenice, proving that she can definitely sing!

The Royal Variety Performance also included a number from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new show at the Aldwych Theatre, Stephen Ward, featuring Alexander Hanson and Charlotte Spencer. The segment was introduced by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Andrew Lloyd Webber introduces a number from his new musical Stephen Ward

Andrew Lloyd Webber introduces a number from his new musical Stephen Ward

Alexander Hanson and Charlotte Spencer in a number from Andrew Lloyd Webber's new show at the Aldwych Theatre, Stephen Ward

Alexander Hanson and Charlotte Spencer in a number from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new show at the Aldwych Theatre, Stephen Ward

Also the cast of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, including Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka, did a set from the show that is currently running at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

Andrew Lloyd Webber talking to Prince Charles and introducing his leading cast members

Andrew Lloyd Webber talking to Prince Charles and introducing his leading cast members

Other artists who performed on the show included Strictly Come Dancing champion Flavia Cacace and the cast of Dance ‘Til Dawn, Britain’s Got Talent winners Attraction, Mary J. Blige, Gary Barlow, Jessie J, Rizzle Kicks, Olly Murs, Robbie Williams, John Newman, Caro Emerald, Chas & Dave, Bryn Terfel, Gareth Malone with his new choir Voices and Torvill & Dean.

Comedy came from Jason Byrne, Hal Cruttenden, Jimmy Carr  and Seann Walsh.

The event will be screened on ITV1 at 7.30pm on Monday 9 December 2013.

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Round-up of Reviews

June 25, 2013 

A round-up of reviews for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Sam Mendes directs Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka in a new musical at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane based on Roald Dahl’s classic children’s story Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Critics were largely positive about the show, which didn’t set the reviews on fire with its music, but wowed with the spectacle and visual. Douglas Hodge enjoyed solid notices for his performance as Willy Wonka. See all reviews below including the Guardian, Telegraphy and New York Times.

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FIRST LOOK: Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

May 28, 2013 

PHOTO FIRST LOOK: Douglas Hodge in character as Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Brand new musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory started previews last week at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane ahead of its 25 June 2013 opening night.

The mysterious confectioner has been revealed in this photo of Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka, the first production or character shot to be released from the show.

Roald Dahl’s classic tale is brought to be stage by Sam Mendes in this massive new production that features music and lyrics by the team that created Hairspray The Musical – Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Douglas Hodge is joined by a cast that includes Nigel Planer as Grandpa Joe.

Tickets are available now for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

 

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Casting Update For World Premiere Of Roald Dahl’s Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

January 17, 2013 

Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Neal Street Productions and Kevin McCormick today announced further casting for Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which opens at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 25th June 2013, directed by Sam Mendes.

Alongside Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka, the cast will include Nigel Planer as Grandpa Joe, Clive Carter as Mr Salt, Jasna Ivir as Mrs Gloop, Paul J Medford as Mr Beauregarde, Iris Roberts as Mrs Teavee and Myra Sands as Grandma Georgina.

Other cast will include Joe Allen, David Birch, Michelle Bishop, Mireia Mambo Bokele, Matthew Clark, Alex Clatworthy, Jennifer Davison, Luke Fetherston, Nia Fisher, Kate Graham, Clare Halse, Mark Iles, Daniel Ioannou, Kieran Jae, Jane McMurtrie, Natalie Moore-Williams, Sherrie Pennington, Damien Poole, Paul Saunders, Jack Shalloo and Jay Webb.

Further casting to be announced.

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.

ROALD DAHL’s deliciously dark tale of young Charlie Bucket and the mysterious confectioner Willy Wonka comes to life in a brand new West End musical directed by Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes.

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; Matilda).

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. On Broadway, he recently starred 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 ten 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.

This world premiere musical is produced by Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Neal Street Productions and Kevin McCormick.

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane

October 15, 2012 

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is the spectacular new musical at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane based on Roald Dahl’s much-loved book.

Featuring young Charlie Bucket and the madcap confectioner Willy Wonka, Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Choclate Factory is brought to life in this major new West End musical directed by Oscar-winner Sam Mendes (Skyfall).

Starring Olivier and Tony-award winner Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka, this spectacular new musical features stunning sets and costumes by Mark Thompson (Mamma Mia!), breathtaking choreography by Peter Darling (Billy Elliot The Musical; Matilda The Musical) and acclaimed music and lyrics by the team that created Hairspray The Musical – Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.

Directed by Academy Award-winner Sam Mendes, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is one of the biggest and most spectacular shows you will ever see.

THE STORY

In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie Bucket wins a golden ticket to visit the weird, wonderful world of the Wonka Chocolate Factory. For five lucky winners it is the sweet-tooth chance-in-a-lifetime to venture into the sugary world of chocolate paradise. But not everything is as sweet as it seems in this darkly comic tale of chocolate gardens and Oompa-Loompas.

THE CAST

The cast includes Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka; Nigel Planer as Grandpa Joe; Clive Carter as Mr Salt; Jasna Ivir as Mrs Gloop; Paul J Medford as Mr Beauregarde; Iris Roberts as Mrs Teavee; Billy Boyle as Grandpa George; Roni Page as Grandma Josephine; Myra Sands as Grandma Georgina; Michelle Bishop as Mrs Pratchett; Alex Clatworthy as Mrs Bucket; Jack Shalloo as Mr Bucket; and Kate Graham as Cherry.

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DOUGLAS HODGE in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

October 12, 2012 

Acclaimed actor Douglas Hodge set to play Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

DOUGLAS HODGE in Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryDouglas Hodge has had a long and varied career but headlining a major new, big-budget West End musical that has Broadway ambitions and Skyfall director Sam Mendes at the helm is a watershed moment for the star.

For in May this year he will start performances as Willy Wonka in Roald Dahl’s much-loved and much-filmed Charlie And The Chocolate Factory (Theatre Royal Drury Lane London from 18 May 2013).

Hodge’s career runs the full gamut, from stage to screen, from drama to musicals, with a bit of directing and writing in there for good measure.

On stage he won Oliver and Tony Awards for his performance as Albie in La Cage aux Folles in the West End and on Broadway. National Theatre works includes A Matter of Life and Death, Betrayal, Blinded by the Sun, Pericles and King Lear. Almeida work includes No Man’s Land, Moonlight at the Almeida and Comedy and Coriolanus. Other West End work includes Inadmissible Evidence at the Donmar, Guys and Dolls at the Piccadilly, Dumb Show at the Royal Court, Titus Andronicus at the Globe, The Collection/The Lover at the Donmar and A Winter’s Tale at the RSC and Roundhouse.

On TV Douglas Hodge has been seen in shows including One Night, Outnumbered, Skins, Mansfield Park and Middlemarch – and soon to air drama Coup, and his film roles include playing Paul Burrell alongside Naomi Watts in forthcoming Princess of Wales movie Diana, Robin Hood and Vanity Fair.

Further casting for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane is to be announced shortly.

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