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Reporters and ticket winners outside the Wonka factory gates  in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Credit - Brinkhoff-Mögenbur
10. Kate Graham (Cherry), Harrison Slater (Augustus) and Jasna Ivir (Mrs Gloop) in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Credit - Helen Maybanks

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Date: BOOKING UNTIL JAN 2017

It was always likely to be a potent combination: an Oscar-winning director fresh from making perhaps the greatest Bond film ever, a highly acclaimed playwright, and a children’s book loved by pretty much everyone.

Directed by Sam Mendes and adapted by David Greig, the musical version of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which has settled in for a long run at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, has proved to be equal to the sum of its very impressive parts.

Lavishly staged, riotously paced and packed with great songs, it brings to life the now classic story of a good-hearted orphan, a wildly charismatic chocolate maker, some tiny orange people and the gory comeuppance of a group of hideous brats.

THEATRE ROYAL DRURY LANE
CATHERINE STREET
COVENT GARDEN
LONDON WC2B 6JF

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Douglas Hodge (Willy Wonka) in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Credit - Helen Maybanks