Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – review

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.- and it is a must see!

This musical version builds up the character of Charlie's Grandpa Joe (the highly funny Nigel Planer). Even the character of Willy Wonka, the eccentric capitalist who seeks to monopolise the world's chocolate supply, is given a darker tone than you find in the 1964 book, but warmer than the Gene Wilder/Johnny Depp film characters. Musing musical pastiches with spirited performances from the ticket-finding youngsters: bloated Bavarian Augustus Gloop, indulged balletomane Veruca Salt, streetwise Californian Violet Beauregarde, and whey-faced bullet Mike Teavee with his neurotic mother bring humour to each demise of the characters. Charlie isnt a strong character in the book (too goody goody compared to other Dahl characters) but stands his ground in this play.


The awe inspiring sets designed by mark Thompson are truly remarkable, especially on arrival at the Wonka factory where the real fun starts revealing gadgets, candy-bright edible landscapes and imminent danger of death by chocolate.

Roald Dahl’s


Directed by Sam Mendes

Book by David Greig

Music by Marc Shaiman

Lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman

Set and costume design by Mark Thompson


Choreography by Peter Darling

Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London, WC2B 5JF

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Monday – Saturday 7.30pm, Wednesday & Saturday 2.30pm

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£25.00, £32.50, £39.50, £49.50, £67.50

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