Thursday, 26 February 2015

Jonathan Slinger to star as Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

It has been confirmed that Jonathan Slinger will star as Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. The actor recently starred in Urinetown (St James/Apollo).

Slinger will play his first performance on Monday 4th May 2015 and, according to the Daily Mail's Baz Bamigboye, is contracted to star in the show until April 2016. He takes over from Alex Jennings.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has broken multiple records at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, where it has been seen by over 1.25 million people since it opened in June 2013. It is currently taking bookings until 4th June 2016.

In a stage career spanning two decades, Jonathan Slinger has cemented his position amongst the foremost Shakespearean actors of the age. His extensive appearances with the Royal Shakespeare Company include the title roles in recent productions of Hamlet, Macbeth, Richard II and Richard III; Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Prospero in The Tempest and Dromio and Puck in The Comedy of Errors and A Midsummer Night's Dream respectively. His credits at The Globe include The Maid's Tragedy and The Winter’s Tale.

Jonathan Slinger first appeared on the National Theatre stage in Richard II 20 years ago with subsequent credits there including Power, The Duchess of Malfi and The Coast of Utopia. Other theatre includes Yes, Prime Minister at Chichester Festival Theatre, Uncle Vanya at the Young Vic and As You Like It at the Royal Exchange Theatre. Last year, Jonathan made his musical theatre debut playing the role of Officer Lockstock in Jamie Lloyd’s production of Urinetown.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is directed by Sam Mendes. It has music by Marc Shaiman, and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman, a book by award-winning playwright and adaptor David Greig, set and costume designs by Mark Thompson and choreography by Peter Darling.

Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks

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