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Theatre details

Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Catherine Street

5 min walk from Covent Garden Tube Station. Head southeast on James Street, left towards Russell Street, right onto Catherine Street and the theatre will be on the left.

Covent Garden station is 3 minute walk (255 metres)



Show notes

Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Booking from: 06 Jan 2017

Booking until: 06 Jan 2017

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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, 93%Score from 416 reviews

"Even the Drama teacher was Entertained"21/12/2016

"Amazing performance and spectacle with relevant and current jokes and humour. However Mickey behind the bar did his best to tell us how bad the show was and how amazing at drama he is, the curly headed fuck. Very Very Negative!!!"

"Fantastic show"21/12/2016

"Excellent show, highly recommend"


"Everything was first class"


"Loved the show, want to see again"


"Wonderful show"26/11/2016

"Great family show excellent"

"A brilliant show"4/11/2016

"I booked this show as it was a special event for 2 young people with complex and additional needs from the short break unit I work at. We all thoroughly enjoyed watching Charlie, grandpa Joe, willy wonka and Co. singing and dancing their way through a classic. The sets were brilliant and the tunes very catchy. My only regret was I wished I`d chosen better seats as we had restricted viewing on the ground floor so couldn`t see all of the stage (circle seats above are very low and you literally only get a `widescreen` view of the stage, when scenes were happening in the air or at height on the stage you couldn`t see it very well it at all.) My fault because I hadn`t been to the theatre royal before - lesson learnt. Overall though a scrumdidlyumptious show and well worth the late night for us all."

"Great show...wonks was brill"16/10/2016

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