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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane

November 15, 2014 

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 Award winner Alex Jennings 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 Alex Jennings as Willy Wonka, 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 show also stars 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.

REVIEWS

“London’s Golden ticket” BBC Radio London
“Sam Mendes whips up a tasty confection that’s rich, dark and not too sweet” Sunday Times
“Sam Mendes masterminds a lavish feast of a musical” The Guardian
“Sam Mendes’s glossy, riotously colourful production remains as sweet as ever” Evening Standard
“Dahl’s superb novel is given a rip roaring rave of a production” Time Out
“A tremendously inventive show” Evening Standard
“Dazzling Charlie is a choc full of delights” Daily Express
“The hottest ticket in town” Time Out
“A fabulous spectacle” Daily Mail
“The year’s biggest blockbuster musical “ Daily Telegraph
“The West End’s biggest, most lavish stage musical, not just of the year but possibly any year” Sunday Express

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.

 

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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Matilda The Musical at the Shubert Theatre | Broadway Tickets

November 20, 2013 

The Tony Award-winning show Matilda hits Broadway based on the much-loved children’s book by Roald Dahl and tells the amazing story of an extraordinary girl.

TIME MAGAZINE’S #1 SHOW OF THE YEAR

Matilda The Musical comes to Broadway based on Roald Dahl’s much-loved story about a wonderful little girl with a BIG imagination!

A hit with families, the show won four Tony Awards in 2013 and is the funny and moving story that has kids in fits of laughter and adults in tears.

Adapted by Dennis Kelly and award-winning musician and comedian Tim Minchin, Matilda features a wonderful, inventive score and is a guaranteed great day out on Broadway.

THE STORY

The show follows Matilda as she deals with her self-focused parents by escaping into books. At school she finds an ally in the kindly teacher Miss Honey, but she and the other children must battle with stern headmistress Miss Trunchbull. Using her special powers, she not only helps her fellow students, but Miss Honey as well.

REVIEWS

“The best musical since The Lion King” TIME Magazine
“Restores your faith in Broadway” – The New York Post
“Broadway can add yet another blockbuster to its roster of kid-friendly shows… as crowd-pleasing as anything on the Great White Way.” – NY1
“Rejoice, my theatergoing comrades. The children’s revolution has arrived on these shores, and it is even more glorious than we were promised.” – New York Times

AWARDS

WINNER! 4 TONY AWARDS
WINNER! 7 OLIVIER AWARDS including Best Musical
WINNER! 5 DRAMA DESK AWARDS including Best Musical
WINNER! NEW YORK DRAMA CRITICS’ CIRCLE AWARDS – Best Musical
WINNER! 2 OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS
WINNER! THEATRE WORLD AWARDS
WINNER! 5 BROADWAY WORLD AWARDS including Best Musical
WINNER! PLAYBILL.COM AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS – Best Musical

Matilda The Musical Casting Announcement

August 1, 2013 

CASTING UPDATE FROM SEPTEMBER 2013

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s world premiere production of Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical has captured the imagination of young and old alike and continues to play to packed houses at London’s Cambridge Theatre. Sweeping the board at the 2012 Laurence Olivier Awards, winning a record-breaking seven awards, the Broadway production has taken the US by storm winning four Tony Awards® and a Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theater for each of the four girls sharing the title role.

From 3 September 2013, James Clyde will join the adult company in London as Mr Wormwood, Lisa Davina Phillip as Mrs Phelps and Joshua Wyatt as Michael Wormwood. As previously announced, they will join Olivier Award nominated Canadian actor Alex Gaumond in the role of Miss Trunchbull and Kay Murphy as Mrs Wormwood.

Mike Denman, Juliet Gough, Antony Lawrence, Katie Lee, Antonio Magro, Gary Murphy, David Rudin, Hollie Taylor and Amy Thornton will join the current adult cast which includes Fabian Aloise, Joseph Davenport, Lara Denning, Hayley Flaherty, Madeleine Harland, Joshua Lay and Tommy Sherlock.

Matilda The Musical was commissioned by the RSC and played to sold-out audiences at the RSC’s The Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon for twelve weeks from November 2010 to January 2011.  It transferred to London’s West End on Tuesday 25 October 2011.

The New York production of Matilda The Musical, produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company and The Dodgers, began previews on 4 March 2013 with opening night on 11 April 2013 at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre.

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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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Douglas Hodge to play Willy Wonka in Roald Dahl’s Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

September 7, 2012 

Sam Mendes casts Douglas Hodge in new West End production of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.

Douglas Hodge picks up his 2010 Tony Award for La Cage

Douglas Hodge picks up his 2010 Tony Award for La Cage

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 GuvnorsMamma 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.

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