Wednesday, February 24

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to close in London next year followed by Broadway transfer and UK tour

The award-winning West End production of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, is in its fourth and final year at London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane. (Currently booking until 7th  January 2017)

It is one of the West End’s most popular and successful stage musicals, breaking house records at  Drury Lane where it has been seen by over 1.8 million people since it opened in June 2013. It is up there with  Miss Saigon and 42nd Street in the top three longest-running productions of the last 50 years at one of London’s largest theatres.

The show will close in London early next year with a Broadway production due to open in  2016-2017  and tickets for a 2017 UK tour  due to go on sale.

The cast currently includes Jonathan Slinger, as Willy Wonka with Barry James as Grandpa Joe, Ross Dawes as Mr Salt, Josefina Gabrielle as Mrs Teavee, Jasna Ivir as Mrs Gloop, Paul J Medford as Mr Beauregarde, Claire Carrie as Grandma Josephine, Lara Denning as Mrs Bucket, Myra Sands as Grandma Georgina and Kraig Thornber as Grandpa George. Chris Grahamson joins the cast as Mr Bucket.

Remaining in the ensemble are: Andy Brady, Georgia Carling, Andrew Carthy, Sam Lathwood, Lucinda Lawrence, Steven Serlin, Robert Tregoning, Tara Verloop, Michelle White who will be joined by new members Alexander Bartles, Lisa Bridge, Melanie Brown, Helen Colby, Ashley Cooper, Alastair Crosswell, Katrina Dix, Ryan Gover, Rebecca Hodge, Peter Houston, Thomas Inge, Mikey Jay-Heath, Joanne McShane, Ben Redfern, Ainsley Hall Ricketts, Johnathan Tweedie.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is directed by 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, a book by award-winning playwright and adaptor David Greig, set and costume designs by Mark Thompson and choreography by Peter Darling.

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