The Show A spectacular adventure awaits five lucky children as the mysterious Willy Wonka is opening the doors of the greatest chocolate factory in the world. Roald Dahl's deliciously dark tale of young Charlie Bucket, an unsuspecting hero. Living in a tiny house with his parents and all four of his grandparents, Charlie and his Grandpa Joe, go to meet the eccentric Willy Wonka for a mouth-watering chance to feast their eyes on sweets and chocolate beyond their wildest dreams. Directed by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes, this new musical continues to tickle the audience's taste buds and dazzle them senseless. With a stage full of chocolate, an army of squirrels and the infamous Oompa Loompas, "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," is a family outing not to be missed.
History of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is the first stage adaption of Roald Dahl's novel of the same name since it was written over 50 years ago. Directed by Oscar winning, Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall), the story of Charlie's magical journey through Willy Wonka's chocolate factory features multiple effects and ingenious stagecraft including animated sequences drawn by Quentin Black, while the wonder of the original story is brought to life with music by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Tony and Grammy winders for Hairspray). Over the course of five years, there have been 50 drafts, and several attempts of how to portray the Oompa-Loompas (at one point they were puppets, then children), as well as nine months and hundreds of auditions to find children for the show.
Why book London theatre breaks to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Charlie and the Chocolate Factory carries on to delight audiences of adults and children alike, while Hotel Direct ensures theatre breaks in the capital continue to be more affordable. With some great packages offering savings of up to 75%, nothing could be easier that booking your hotel and theatre tickets together. Whether you want to stay in Theatreland, Central London or Covent Garden, have a look at our fantastic accommodation packages that suit every budget.
Awards and what the critics have to say "Sam Mendes whips up a tasty confection that's rich, dark and not too sweet!" Critic's choice: The Sunday Times "A bumper box of entertainment, with a golden wrapper and plenty of Whipple-Scrumptious surprises!" Caroline McGinn, TimeOut London "A delectable treat!" Arwa Haider, Metro.
Olivier Awards in 2014. 7 nominations, and won 2 awards. White Light Award for Best Lighting Design and the Best Costume Design award. It was nominated for the MasterCard Best New Musical award, Best Theatre Choreographer, the XL Video Award for Best Set Design, and Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical.
Interesting facts about the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a 1963 children's book by Roald Dahl which has already been made into two successful hit movies.
It is believed that Roald Dahl was a chocolate and candy tester for Cadbury when he was younger as the local factory used to send boxes to his school for their feedback. This inspired the tale of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
In a list for the Royal Society of Literature, Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling named Charlie and the Chocolate Factory among her top ten books every child should read.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory audience reviews
Superb, 94%Score from 388 reviews
"Great show...wonks was brill"16/10/2016
"What a show must be seen by all ages 10 out of 10"25/9/2016
"I had a grt time my seats were 5 rows from the stage view was amazing all actors where very good especially the boy who played Charlie and the person who played willy wonka who was funny and amusing"
"special effects were amazing , combination of both old and new storylines worked well"
"very good all round humour not just for kids..really enjoyed it would definately recommend going to see it"
"Very entertaining from start to finish music was good and the child actors were amazing.only problem we had was a 3 year old behind us eating a very large bag of crisps,very annoying"
"The show was absolutely amazing worth every penny. The cast were great and the stage was brilliant."1/8/2016
Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryRating: 94% out of 100 based on 388 reviews.
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