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Cast update for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical - January 2013
Cast update for the new stage musical of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory , directed by Sam Mendes, which opens at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, 25 June 2013, following previews from 18 May 2013 - booking to 30 Nov 2013.
Joining previusly mentioned Douglas Hodge (Willy Wonka), are Nigel Planer (Grandpa Joe), Clive Carter (Mr Salt), Jasna Ivir (Mrs Gloop), Paul J Medford (Mr Beauregarde), Iris Roberts (Mrs Teavee), Myra Sands (Grandma Georgina), Joe Allen, David Birch, Michelle Bishop, Mireia Mambo Bokele, Matthew Clark, Alex Clatworthy, Jennifer Davison, Luke Fetherston, Nia Fisher, Kate Graham, Clare Halse, Mark Iles, Daniel Ioannou, Kieran Jae, Jane McMurtrie, Natalie Moore-Williams, Sherrie Pennington, Damien Poole, Paul Saunders, Jack Shalloo, Jay Webb. Further casting to be announced.
It has book by David Greig and new songs from Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Designs & costumes by Mark Thompson, choreography by Peter Darling, lighting by Paul Pyant, sound by Paul Arditti.
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.
It is produced by Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Neal Street Productions and Kevin McCormick. Besterman (orchestrations); Nicholas Skilbeck (Music Director), Jon Driscoll (Video and Projection Designer).
Douglas Hodge's London stage credits include "Inadmissible Evidence" at the Donmar Warehouse in 2011; "La Cage Aux Folles" at the Menier Chocolate Factory & Playhouse in 2008 & 2009; "Matter of Life and Death" at the Olivier, NT in 2007; "Titus Andronicus" at Shakespeare's Globe in 2006; Nathan Detroit in "Guys & Dolls" at the Piccadilly in 2005; "Dumb Show" at the Royal Court in 2004;"Three Sisters" at the Playhouse in 2003; "The Caretaker" at the Comedy (now Harold Pinter) in 2000. It has book by David Greig and new songs from Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Designs & costumes by Mark Thompson, choreography by Peter Darling, lighting by Paul Pyant, sound by Paul Arditti.
Nigel Planer is one of the UK’s most prolific comedy actors with credits including ‘The Comic Strip Presents…’, ‘The Young Ones’, ‘Shine On Harvey Moon’, ‘Blackadder’ and ‘Terry Pratchett’s The Colour of Magic’. His numerous West End credits include "Chicago", "We Will Rock You", "Wicked" and " Hairspray".