Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London
Our Review 4 / 5

ROALD DAHL’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, ‘Theatre Show of the Year’ winner at the London Lifestyle Awards 2015, is brought to life in a brand new West End musical directed by Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes.

When Charlie wins a golden ticket to the weird and wonderful Wonka Chocolate Factory, it's the chance of a lifetime to feast on the sweets he's always dreamed of. But beyond the gates astonishment awaits, as down the sugary corridors and amongst the incredible edible delights, the five lucky winners discover not everything is as sweet as it seems. 

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 (Grammy® winners for Hairspray; Smash), a book by award-winning playwright and adaptor David Greig (The Bacchae; Tintin In Tibet), set and costume designs by Mark Thompson (Mamma Mia!; One Man, Two Guvnors) and choreography by Peter Darling (Billy Elliot The Musical; Matilda The Musical).

A chocolate garden, an army of squirrels and the curiously peculiar Oompa-Loompas in this gigantic Olivier Award-winning musical that is choc-full of fantastical treats to dazzle your senses.


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane has now closed, but you can still find a great range of theatre tickets or view current Musicals or shows for Families & Kids.

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.

Previews from |
18th May 2013
Opening date |
22nd May 2013
Booking from |
6th January 2017
Available until |
6th January 2017
Closes |
7th January 2017
Run time |
2 hours 30 minutes
Categories |
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is recommended for a general audience. The show is suitable for children aged 6 and over. All persons entering the theatre, regardless of age, must have a ticket. Babes-in-arms will not be admitted. All children must be old enough to occupy their own seats.
Based on Roald Dahl's classic story. Book by David Greig
Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Neal Street Productions and Kevin McCormick
Sam Mendes
Songs by:
New songs from Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman
Paul Pyant
Paul Arditti
Mark Thompson
Peter Darling
Mark Thompson
Cast list:
Jonathan Slinger (Willy Wonka), Barry James (Grandpa Joe), Ross Dawes (Mr Salt), Josefina Gabrielle (Mrs Teavee), Jasna Ivir (Mrs Gloop), Paul J Medford (Mr Beauregarde), Lara Denning (Mrs Bucket), Derek Hagen, Roni Page (Grandma Josephine), Myra Sands (Grandma Georgina), Kraig Thornber (Grandpa George), Chris Grahamson (Mr Bucket), 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, Andy Brady, Georgia Carling, Andrew Carthy, Sam Lathwood, Lucinda Lawrence, Steven Serlin, Robert Tregoning, Tara Verloop, Michelle White.
Other info:
Doug Besterman (orchestrations); Nicholas Skilbeck (Music Director), Jon Driscoll (Video and Projection Designer).

Theatre Royal Drury Lane Venue Information

Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine Street, London, WC2B 5JF
Nearest tube:
Covent Garden

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Our Review of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


Two years on from its starry West End premiere in June 2013, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has earned its place as a popular family and schools attraction. And even if it doesn't quite reach the same ground-breaking theatrical heights as Matilda, another musical based on a Roald Dahl story, there's plenty to deliver a memorable theatrical experience nonetheless. Read more

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