Producers of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory have announced that the show has extended its booking period at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane until Saturday 31st October 2015. Since opening in May 2013, the show has sold over a million tickets.
On Roald Dahl Day (13th September) more than 50 volunteers, including members of the show’s production team, will take part in a sponsored skydive dressed as Oompa-Loompas – Wonka’s magical team of helpers. The dive will be in aid of the Roald Dahl Marvellous Children’s Charity, the production’s principal charitable partnership, for whom the production has already raised over £30,000 to date.
As part of Penguin’s activities to mark the 50th anniversary of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the show’s director Sam Mendes has written the foreword to the new Penguin Classics edition of the novel, and Lucy Mangan’s new book ‘Inside Charlie’s Chocolate Factory’ has been released by Penguin and is on sale in all good bookshops.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will host Puffin Virtually Live on Monday 15th September. Puffin Virtually Live is a national live-streamed event for schoolchildren which will see more than half a million kids across the country join in a sing-a-long of Pure Imagination, led from the Theatre Royal Drury Lane by Alex Jennings, who plays Willy Wonka, and the TV presenter and Roald Dahl fan Helen Skelton.
The new booking period will go on sale on Friday 19th September 2014.