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Douglas Hodge in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
It is now confirmed that Douglas Hodge has been cast as 'Willy Wonka' in 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.
Pubic booking opens 15 Oct 2012.
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.
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).