A very special announcement for you today: Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has been made into a stage musical, complete with a deliciously mysterious Willy Wonka. Here’s the latest from the producers…
Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Neal Street Productions and Kevin McCormick today announced that their production of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will open at the London Palladium in June 2013 after a preview period.
The new stage musical will be directed by Sam Mendes, with a book by David Greig and new songs from Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.
Set and costume design will be by Mark Thompson with choreography by Peter Darling. Other members of the creative team include: Doug Besterman (orchestrations); Nicholas Skilbeck (Music Director); Paul Pyant (Lighting Designer); Paul Arditti (Sound Designer) and Jon Driscoll (Video and Projection Designer).
The mysterious Willy Wonka is opening his Chocolate Factory for just one day, and for Charlie Bucket it promises to be a mouth-watering chance to feast his eyes on sweets beyond his wildest imagination. Academy Award®-winning film and theatre director Sam Mendes will bring Roald Dahl’s much-loved classic to life in this world premiere stage production.
Tickets will go on sale to the public in October 2012.
Further information is available from the website: www.CharlieandtheChocolateFactory.co.uk.
So.. while you anxiously await your chance to buy tickets to the musical, we’ve got two extremely important questions to ask you…
- Who made a better Willy Wonka… was it crazy-haired Gene Wilder in the 1971 film musical Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory? Or did you prefer Johnny Depp’s kooky interpretation in 2005?
- What’s your favourite part of the story?