Sam Mendes’ award-winning production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has announced it has entered the final stage of its West End.
One of the West End’s most popular and successful stage musicals, it has been seen by over 1.8 million people since it opened in June 2013 with Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka. It currently sits alongside Miss Saigon and 42nd Street in the top three longest-running productions of the last 50 years at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, one of London’s largest theatres.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s much loved book about an eccentric sweet factory owner and a young boy called Charlie.
Jonathan Slinger is the third actor to play Willy Wonka and will continue in the role alongside other principal cast members including Barry James, Ross Dawes and Josefina Gabrielle.
A Broadway production will open in New York in the 2016-2017 season and tickets for a UK-wide tour will go on sale next year.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is currently booking until 7 January 2017 at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.