Having had success with a musical version of Matilda, now Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, arguably Roald Dahl’s best-loved novel, is making its musical debut on London’s West End and we’ve got a hold of some images from the production to share with you all.
Having taken three years to reach the stage and then been beset by “unforeseen problems in the delivery of a piece of stage engineering by a contractor”, previews for the new musical were delayed by 5 days with the first performance on 22 May. However, the Sam Mendes (Skyfall) directed musical of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory looks set to be a winner over the summer season if the newly released production photos are anything to go by.
They images are of Douglas Hodge (Robin Hood) as the chocolatier himself, Willy Wonka.
The “lucky” winners setting off on the tour of the factory.
The ominous gates that stops anyone from going in and anyone from going out.
The impoverished English neighbourhood where Charlie lives.
The producers also released a behind the scenes sneak peek rehearsal video last week which you can view below:
You can see more videos and behind the scenes action in the Gallery of the musical’s official website, as well as find information on purchasing tickets.
The musical features music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Sharman (Grammy winners for Hairspray). The book is by award-winning playwright and adaptor David Greig (The Bacchae).
The show opens on 25 June at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.