Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory announces West End closure

It has been announced that Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, directed by Sam Mendes, is entering its "fourth and final year" at London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has broken house records at Theatre Royal Drury Lane where it has been seen by over 1.8 million people since it opened in June 2013.

The show currently sits alongside Miss Saigon and 42nd Street in the top three longest-running productions of the last 50 years at the historic venue, one of London’s largest theatres.

As previously announced, a Broadway production will open in New York in the 2016-2017 season whilst producers have confirmed that tickets for a UK tour will go on sale next year. The West End production is booking to Saturday 7th January 2017; it hasn't been confirmed whether this is the closing date.

Jonathan Slinger will continue to star as Willy Wonka alongside Barry James as Grandpa Joe, Ross Dawes as Mr Salt, Josefina Gabrielle as Mrs Teavee, Jasna Ivir as Mrs Gloop, Paul J Medford as Mr Beauregarde, Claire Carrie as Grandma Josephine, Lara Denning as Mrs Bucket, Myra Sands as Grandma Georgina and Kraig Thornber as Grandpa George. Chris Grahamson is joining the cast on 25th April 2016 as Mr Bucket.

Joining the ensemble in April are Alexander Bartles, Lisa Bridge, Melanie Brown, Helen Colby, Ashley Cooper, Alastair Crosswell, Katrina Dix, Ryan Gover, Rebecca Hodge, Peter Houston, Thomas Inge, Mikey Jay-Heath, Joanne McShane, Ben Redfern, Ainsley Hall Ricketts, Johnathan Tweedie.

Remaining in the ensemble are: Andy Brady, Georgia Carling, Andrew Carthy, Sam Lathwood, Lucinda Lawrence, Steven Serlin, Robert Tregoning, Tara Verloop, Michelle White.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman with book by David Greig, set and costume designs by Mark Thompson and choreography by Peter Darling.

No comments:

Post a Comment