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Closed January 14, 2018

"It's goofy, loud and imaginative - superatively so, in some key respects. And it delivers two things children delight in: stories about scrappy urchins triumphing over doltish adults, and comical obliteration of ill-behaved nasties."

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Why See Charlie and the Chocolate Factory?

A WORLD OF PURE IMAGINATION

Step into a candy wonderland with this spectacular adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic. Follow young Charlie Bucket inside Willy Wonka's world famous Chocolate Factory, and discover that its wonders go far beyond your wildest dreams!

This acclaimed musical transfers from London's West End, where it opened in 2013. Proving to be a monster hit with audiences, it set the record for the highest weekly gross in West End history. It also garnered two Olivier Awards for its lush costumes and creative lighting design. Taking on the iconic role of Willy Wonka in this production is two-time Tony Award winner Christian Borle, last seen on Broadway in Something Rotten!

WHAT is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory About?

Willy Wonka is the most famous candy maker in the world, an eccentric confectioner whose sugary treats are works of genius. Yet he is a total recluse, and no one else in the world has ever stepped foot inside his famous chocolate factory. That is until a contest is announced - five golden tickets have been hidden away inside five Wonka chocolate bars, and whoever finds them will be led on a tour of the factory by the mysterious Mr. Wonka himself.

To find a golden ticket would be a dream come true for young Charlie Bucket, but given neither he or his grandparents who take care of him can afford a Wonka Bar, it seems an impossible one. But by a stroke of luck he finds some money on the floor, and rushing into the nearest shop, he buys a solitary Wonka bar and finds something gold glittering under the wrapper.

And so Charlie is one of the chosen few who steps into the chocolate factory, a realm of candy covered delights where nothing is quite as it seems.

DID YOU KNOW?

While it is now considered a family favourite, the 1971 movie version received a mixed reaction upon its release, not least of all from Roald Dahl himself. The author was not a fan of Gene Wilder's portrayal of Willy Wonka, and would have much preferred his actor of choice, Spike Milligan, to have played the part.

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Dates

Previews from: 28 March 2017

Opening night: 23 April 2017

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And before you stop reading

Images are from the West End production. Casting for this Broadway transfer has yet to be announced.

Cast and Creative

Cast

Christian Borle as Willy Wonka
Jake Ryan Flynn, Ryan Foust, and Ryan Sell as Charlie Bucket (alternating)
John Rubinstein as Grandpa Joe
Emily Padgett as Mrs. Bucket
Kathy Fitzgerald as Mrs. Gloop
F. Michael Haynie as Augustus Gloop
Ben Crawford as Mr. Salt
Emma Pfaeffle as Veruca Salt
Alan H. Green as Mr. Beauregard
Trista Dollison as Violet Beauregard
Jackie Hoffman as Mrs. Teavee
Michael Wartella as Mike Teavee

Ensemble: Yesenia Ayala, Darius Barnes, Colin Bradbury, Jared Bradshaw, Ryan Breslin, Kristy Cates, Madeleine Doherty, Paloma Garcia-Lee, Stephanie Gibson, Talya Groves, Cory Lingner, Elliott Mattox, Monette McKay, Kyle Taylor Parker, Paul Slade Smith, Katie Webber, Stephen Carrasco, Robin Masella, Kristin Piro, Amy Quanbeck, Michael Williams, and Mikey Winslow

Creative

Book by David Grieg, based on the original story by Roald Dahl
New Music & Lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman
Set & Costume Design by Mark Thompson
Choreography by Peter Darling
Orchestrations by Doug Besterman
Musical Director, Nicholas Skilbeck
Lighting Design by Paul Pyant
Sound Design by Paul Arditti
Projection Design by Jon Driscoll

Awards

2017 Drama Desk Wins

Outstanding Puppet Design - Basil Twist

2017 DRAMA DESK Nominations

Outstanding Puppet Design - Basil Twist

What we thought

enthralling EXCITING Unmissable

I always treasure seeing a production that caters to the big and small!

What could possibly go wrong? The Lunt-Fontanne Theatre appears to be a magical place before you even step inside - a Roald Dahl fan will forever be young at heart!

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3.5 star rating

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Charlie and the Chocolate factory is not good, but it's not bad either.... more

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