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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – It’s sheer magic!
Roald Dahl’s delightfully dark and rich story of young Charlie Bucket and the mysterious confectioner Willy Wonka appeals to adults and children alike. This brand new musical adaptation hits town in spring 2013 courtesy of the Academy Award winning director Sam Mendes.
It’s a classic well-loved tale that’s as fresh and relevant as the day it was written. One of the best-respected directors in the business. Genuinely breath-taking stage craft. Thrilling music by the very talented Marc Shaiman, with lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman, the Grammy-winning writers behind Hairspray and Smash. What a combination!
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - The story
Charlie’s folks are broke. They eat nothing but cabbage soup. With the support of his parents and two sets of ancient grandparents Charlie wins a rare golden ticket to visit the weird and wonderful world of Willie Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.
But Charlie isn’t the only one. Several other children also win tickets. But once they arrive at Willy Wonka’s spectacular chocolate factory they suffer strange accidents, one by one, until Charlie is the only child left. Four of the five lucky winners discover that things aren’t as sweet as they seem. But what about Charlie? It’s a tale that ends in typically sinister and joyful style, Dahl at his wicked best.
The show’s outstanding sets and costumes are designed by Mark Thompson, who worked on Mamma Mia! And One Man, Two Guvnors. The choreography is by Peter Darling, whose considerable talent informed the spectacular dance routines in Billy Elliot The Musical and Matilda The Musical. All of which makes for a top class production.
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Recommended for:Anyone (77%)
Excellent Show with great performances particularly that of Charlie and Willy Wonka. Drury Lane is a lovely Theatre and would highly recommend.
Reviewed on 15 January 2017 by Jacqui, Newbawn, Ireland
Reviewed on 11 January 2017 by Tara, Golden Grove, Australia
show as very enjoyable, first half wove the story ,second half takes you on a magical journey through the chocolate factory, Willie Wonka played with just the right amount of quirkiness Gene Wilder would have approved, Charlie Bucket was a star , Show was a delight.
Reviewed on 08 January 2017 by Mark, Coventry, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 05 January 2017 by Guy, London, United Kingdom
The show was absolutely fantastic - I would recommend everyone to go and see this. The whole family thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.
Reviewed on 05 January 2017 by Steven, Wakefield, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 29 December 2016 by Rachel, Tentereden, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 28 December 2016 by Gavin, Aberdare, United Kingdom
Colourful costumes, clear definition of characters. Slick scene changes @ imaginative use of props & humour.
Reviewed on 27 December 2016 by Sarah, Vale, United Kingdom
Great show thank you
Reviewed on 27 December 2016 by Allister, Telford, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 26 December 2016 by Donna, Mitcham, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 24 December 2016 by Luke, Hook, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 18 December 2016 by Stuart, Dewsbury, United Kingdom
Fantastic show the sets and costumes were amazing
Reviewed on 17 December 2016 by Natalie, Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed on 12 December 2016 by Sian, Llantwit Fardre, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 11 December 2016 by Esther, Bures, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 05 December 2016 by Paul, Blackmore, United Kingdom
Unfortunately the first 30minutes wereCompletely spoilt with people rustling bags of sweets in the two rows directly behind me. Maybe an announcement before the show asking people to be more aware might be Appropriate.
Reviewed on 05 December 2016 by Isobel, Harrogate, United Kingdom
Had read the good reviews and was looking forward to it. However, barring Charlie Bucket the acting was poor. Some of the songs were inaudiable as the actors/actressss shouted.The sets were excellent. I wouldn't recommend the show. Waste of money
Reviewed on 02 December 2016 by Marie, Wakefield, United Kingdom
First and foremost, the casting was excellent and without the wonderful actors, there would be no good show, whatever the storyline. The script took a slight twist to the original publication, giving the show its very own identity. It was engaging and enlightening throughout, leaving us at the edge of our seats. There was a good balance between the acting and singing, enabling the show to stay fresh throughout. All in all, a great show!
Reviewed on 27 November 2016 by Jordan, Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
Charlie was the best show I've seen so far. The acting and singing was amazing. The little boy who played Charlie was great lovely singing voice. In all the actors were stars . Enjoyed it all and would recommend it to everyone
Reviewed on 27 November 2016 by Doreen, Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 26 November 2016 by Nigel, Child Okeford, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 25 November 2016 by Catherine, Whitehill, United Kingdom
The start of show was good but a little slow to warm up BUT the second half was amazing,I couldn't take my eyes off the stage and all that was happening there with both the acting and the fantastic, amazing , clever scenery.
Reviewed on 22 November 2016 by Sue, Uxbridge, United Kingdom
The trailer shows music from the famed 1971 film version, but fans expecting the film music will be disappointed. True Imagination is in fact the only song is included in the new stage version. Despite noble attempts, the new score is musically inferior to the 1971 version and lacks a single memorable number.Aside from that, the book translates well onto the stage. The costumes and lighting are great, and the chorus does an amazing job as Oompa Loompas. All in all, it's a fun, and funny, night out - just don't expect any of those tunes you may know and love.
Reviewed on 22 November 2016 by Samuel, Linz, Austria
Reviewed on 21 November 2016 by James, Wellesbourne, United Kingdom
The kids & adults loved it!! Riveted from the start!! Fabulous costumes, stage design, acting, singing..the praise is endless!!!
Reviewed on 20 November 2016 by Ginny, Croxley Green, United Kingdom
The show was amazing! Strongly advise anyone to go and watch. The choreography was top notch and acting was great. Only thing that we expected was a few of the songs from the movie. Never the less the songs in the production were phenomenal. Great night... 10/10.
Reviewed on 20 November 2016 by Jack, Reading, United Kingdom
We really enjoyed every aspect of this show. The acting, costumes, music and storyline were superb. A must see for Anyone who has ever read the story of Charlie and Chocolate Factory. The scenery and special effects were utterly amazing.
Reviewed on 19 November 2016 by Rodney, Newtownards, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 19 November 2016 by Martin, Brighton, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 19 November 2016 by Jasmin, Harrow, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 18 November 2016 by Lorraine, Woodbridge, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 17 November 2016 by Ayse, London, United Kingdom
I was told I wouldn't enjoy this musical as much as Matilda but I thought it was better. I loved the stage sets and special effects. There were lots of children the afternoon I went and they were obviously mesmerized by the whole show
Reviewed on 17 November 2016 by Sally, Oakhill, United Kingdom
Great for families
Reviewed on 16 November 2016 by Peter, Braintree, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 16 November 2016 by Anastasia, London, United Kingdom
The show was wonderful, an cast excellent, together with the stage lighting and special effects, altogether made the evening a special and thoroughly enjoyable experience.
Reviewed on 14 November 2016 by Philip, Addlestone, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 13 November 2016 by Gisele, Alfarras, Spain
Reviewed on 13 November 2016 by Andrew, Stratford On Avon, United Kingdom
Overall I thought the show was okay, I feel bad for saying so as the actors did a brilliant job I just found the songs a little tiresome and the first half quite boring. Willy Wonka was my favourite character, with Charlie and his parents a little boring / irritating. Sorry!!
Reviewed on 10 November 2016 by Sara, Luton, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 10 November 2016 by Sally, Sittingbourne, United Kingdom
Went with my 18 year old daughter and we both truly enjoyed it-acting was brilliant-lighting and stage set up was fabulous-would definitely go back-the only disappointment was we went to the location of Drury Lane street only to find out that was not the theatre and it was Catherine street it was actually on-had an extra 10 mins walk-should have been made clearer on tickets !
Reviewed on 08 November 2016 by Bernadette, Cork, Ireland
I liked the show very much, I was with my dad & daughter, so the ages ranged from 11yrs to 64yrs, so thats why I have recommended this show for Anyone. I would also like to say that every member of staff were so nice & helpful to us, well done to them. The only negative I would have is that the seats we chose were'nt ideal & would'nt recommend them to others. It was difficult to view all of the stage from these seats.
Reviewed on 07 November 2016 by Rosemary, Tralee,, Ireland
Reviewed on 06 November 2016 by Anusha, Zurich, Switzerland
Charlie and the Chocolate factory is an amazing musical. I was amazed by the talent of kids. The costumes, set design, performance were great. The only thing that disappointed me were the oompa loompas, because they weren't played by little people.
Reviewed on 06 November 2016 by Ema, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 05 November 2016 by Marie, Paris, France
Reviewed on 05 November 2016 by Carmel, Cross, Ireland
The show creates a sense of magic. I would recommend for families with children 6 yrs plus. The fast pace and storyline are less suitable for younger children
Reviewed on 02 November 2016 by Vicky, Datchet, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 02 November 2016 by Marshall, Preston, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 01 November 2016 by Magdalena, Neunburg Vorm Wald, Germany
Excellent show, thoroughly enjoyed it. Cast were brilliant as were the costumes and scenery. Absolutely loved how the oompa loompas were 'designed'. The squirrels had me in stitches. Don't miss it!!!
Reviewed on 01 November 2016 by Colleen, Rye, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 30 October 2016 by Layla, Kettering, United Kingdom
Great show well acted just missing the umpalumpa song :-(
Reviewed on 30 October 2016 by Helen, Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
The cast and sets where amazing !! Well worth it.
Reviewed on 30 October 2016 by Debra, Chorley, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 29 October 2016 by Colin, Great Yarmouth, United Kingdom
We loved the show, but found that the people behind us didn't stop chatting which is a real shame as it was A bit off putting.
Reviewed on 29 October 2016 by Gina, Swindon, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 29 October 2016 by Mark, Holyhead, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 26 October 2016 by Rebecca, Normanton On Trent, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 26 October 2016 by Alexandra, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong
Reviewed on 24 October 2016 by Cheuk Kiu, Kowloon City, Hong Kong
Fantastic show. Couldn't fault it. The sets were amazing.
Reviewed on 23 October 2016 by Gemma, Crawley, United Kingdom
Great show but missed the well known songs from the film, especially the oompa loompah song!
Reviewed on 23 October 2016 by Caroline, Thorncombe, United Kingdom
Songs not as expected but brilliant show all the same
Reviewed on 22 October 2016 by Kevin, Stockton On Tees, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 21 October 2016 by Debbie, Airdrie, United Kingdom
The bar and snacks are extortionate so I would take my own snacks
Reviewed on 21 October 2016 by Donna, Shoreham By Sea, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 20 October 2016 by Denise, Glasgow, United Kingdom
I loved the show, it was funny, full of colours and had a great scenography. The Oompa Loompa were fantastic!!!
Reviewed on 20 October 2016 by Cinzia, Gerrards Cross, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 18 October 2016 by David, Baumber, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 18 October 2016 by Jo, Narberth, United Kingdom
We loved the choreography, actors and costumes. The twist in the story, unlike the book or film, was brilliant.
Reviewed on 18 October 2016 by Julie, Elgin, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 16 October 2016 by Clementine, Scarborough, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 12 October 2016 by Sara, London, United Kingdom
We love the musical. Seats had slightly restricted views however I was aware of this when I purchased the tickets.
Reviewed on 10 October 2016 by Aylin, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 09 October 2016 by Tom, Paris, France
show was fantastic and very well acted , lots of great scenes and great choreography and costumes and scenery .
Reviewed on 09 October 2016 by Melissa, Rugby, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 09 October 2016 by Louisa, Marlborough, United Kingdom
My first time going to the theatre, sets a high standard for my next visit
Reviewed on 06 October 2016 by Wan, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Reviewed on 06 October 2016 by Karen, Wigan, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 05 October 2016 by Sophie, St Clement, United Kingdom
Great show for all, a bit slow at first but brilliant second half.
Reviewed on 05 October 2016 by Raymond, Royston, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 04 October 2016 by Silvia, Zofingen, Switzerland
The whole family loved the show. The sets, acting and music combined with a simple plot made it a magnificent experience with plenty of laughter elicited by the clever scripting.
Reviewed on 04 October 2016 by Kevin, Auckland, New Zealand
Booked show and attended evening show on 30th Sept. Excellent family entertainment - lovely venue and staff were great to deal with. First time at West End - will be hard to top this again - loved it !!!!!!!
Reviewed on 03 October 2016 by Michael, Dublin, Ireland
Go and watch it while you still can!
Reviewed on 03 October 2016 by Katrien, Hayling Island, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 02 October 2016 by Eniko, Ruislip, United Kingdom
We really enjoyed the show. Some of the songs were hard to listen to, and not as funny as we expected but still really good and really well done.
Reviewed on 02 October 2016 by Adam, Newbold Verdon, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 02 October 2016 by Ismail, London, United Kingdom
I thoroughly enjoyed the show. The music was different than the movie but was appropriate and enjoyable. Costumes were well done. Sets were fabulous. The second half was fast moving and more flashing lights and louder music. Our daughter has autism and unexpectedly ran out of the theatre during one particularly fast moving section due to sensory overload. The staff were most concerned, very helpful and understanding. They allowed us to sneak back in to vacant back row seats where our daughter could exit again as necessary, and watch the last slower part happily. Thanks to the staff!
Reviewed on 02 October 2016 by Murray, Smithton, Australia
If you are audience respect others and avoid EATING throughout and rustling sweet bags. Since when was the theatre the place to continuously EAT..... Opening set was great but then it appeared all the money was spent on that set. It became an overuse of dividing up beds and swinging them about. Many very poor very low budget moments reminding me of 1970's lack of quality shows. Diction throughout so poor you could not understand a word. Charlie was fab and the best part of the show. Certainly a million miles away in singing, dancing, acting, production and costumes to the amazing Matilda.
Reviewed on 01 October 2016 by Nichola, Norwich, United Kingdom
The show was amazing best theatre show ever
Reviewed on 30 September 2016 by Lisa, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 30 September 2016 by James, Teversham, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 27 September 2016 by Sharon, Ruislip Manor, United Kingdom
Fabulous show in all respects. The ''large TV screen'' technique set the scene for further innovative stage effects.So full of colour. Everything about the show was impressive.
Reviewed on 26 September 2016 by William, Motherwell, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 25 September 2016 by Pamela, Crawley, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 25 September 2016 by Pamela, Crawley, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 25 September 2016 by Lizzy, Wimbledon, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 21 September 2016 by Marian, Stevenage, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 20 September 2016 by Mary-ann, Crowhurst, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 19 September 2016 by Joe, Gloucester, United Kingdom
A little disappointing, story changed and songs missed out, however, the show seams good for families, some good props and effects.
Reviewed on 18 September 2016 by Andrew, Worksop, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 18 September 2016 by Shirin, London, United Kingdom
by Phil Willmott | Saturday, November 28 2015, 12:35
When we think of writers who have multiple shows running in the West End at the same time we tend to think of Shakespeare, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Alan Aykbourn and Noel Coward but a much loved children's author is currently catching them up.
The books of Roald Dahl are enjoying a whole new lease of theatrical life thanks to the efforts of agent Mel Kenyon who looks after the deceased writers legacy.Discover more about the children's author with two current hit West End musicals
by Davor Golub | Wednesday, September 9 2015, 08:38
Revisiting a hit show years into a long run is always an interesting prospect. One wonders how the show is holding up and whether or not the inevitable cast changes will have weakened the show. Well I am pleased to report that two years into its run at the glorious Theatre Royal, Drury Lane Charlie and the Chocolate Factory remains a fun filled extravaganza that will entertain the entire family.Review: Charlie and The Chocolate Factory