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Charlie and The Chocolate Factory

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4.7/5 - based on 1904 reviews
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About Charlie and The Chocolate Factory

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Performance Times
Mon - 19:30
Tue - 19:30
Wed 14:30 19:30
Thu - 19:30
Fri - 19:30
Sat 14:30 19:30
Sun - -
Charlie and The Chocolate Factory description

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.

‘Ingenious’ stagecraft

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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Charlie and The Chocolate Factory reviews

4.7 out of 5 based on 1904 reviews

What to expect:

Acting
Music
Costumes
Story
Lighting

Recommended for:

Anyone (77%)
Families (98%)
Teenagers (80%)
Couples (80%)
Theatregoers (81%)
Latest customer reviews
Jacqui
Charlie at Drury Lane

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 , Newbawn, Ireland

Tara
Funny and Heartwarming

Reviewed on 11 January 2017 by , Golden Grove, Australia

Mark
charlie is my darling

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 , Coventry, United Kingdom

Guy
A design and staging delight

Reviewed on 05 January 2017 by , London, United Kingdom

Steven
Simply brilliant

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 , Wakefield, United Kingdom

Rachel
Wow!

Reviewed on 29 December 2016 by , Tentereden, United Kingdom

Gavin
I want another ticket now!!!! Hehe

Reviewed on 28 December 2016 by , Aberdare, United Kingdom

Sarah
Follows the story within confines of stage

Colourful costumes, clear definition of characters. Slick scene changes @ imaginative use of props & humour.

Reviewed on 27 December 2016 by , Vale, United Kingdom

allister
fantastic

Great show thank you

Reviewed on 27 December 2016 by , Telford, United Kingdom

Donna
Enjoyable!

Reviewed on 26 December 2016 by , Mitcham, United Kingdom

Luke
Brilliant experience

Reviewed on 24 December 2016 by , Hook, United Kingdom

Stuart
Best Show Ever!

Reviewed on 18 December 2016 by , Dewsbury, United Kingdom

Natalie

Fantastic show the sets and costumes were amazing

Reviewed on 17 December 2016 by , Brisbane, Australia

Sian
Great show

Reviewed on 12 December 2016 by , Llantwit Fardre, United Kingdom

esther
amazing show

Reviewed on 11 December 2016 by , Bures, United Kingdom

Paul
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

Enjoyable enough.

Reviewed on 05 December 2016 by , Blackmore, United Kingdom

Isobel

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 , Harrogate, United Kingdom

Marie
Poor

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 , Wakefield, United Kingdom

Jordan
Good for those with a sweet taste!

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 , Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom

Doreen
Fantastic

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 , Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom

Nigel
very very entertaining

Reviewed on 26 November 2016 by , Child Okeford, United Kingdom

Catherine
A must see!

Reviewed on 25 November 2016 by , Whitehill, United Kingdom

Sue
Fantastic scenery and special effects, a real Wow factor.

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 , Uxbridge, United Kingdom

Samuel
Colourful and funny. Rather disappointing music.

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 , Linz, Austria

James
Amazing

Reviewed on 21 November 2016 by , Wellesbourne, United Kingdom

Ginny
Superb, riveting

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 , Croxley Green, United Kingdom

Jack
Willy wonderful and wonky

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 , Reading, United Kingdom

Rodney
A truly amazing and utterly fantastic show

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 , Newtownards, United Kingdom

Martin
Brilliant, best show seen in years

Reviewed on 19 November 2016 by , Brighton, United Kingdom

jasmin
Great

Reviewed on 19 November 2016 by , Harrow, United Kingdom

Lorraine
Choctastic

Reviewed on 18 November 2016 by , Woodbridge, United Kingdom

Ayse
Very fun, must see!

Reviewed on 17 November 2016 by , London, United Kingdom

Sally
absolutely brilliant

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 , Oakhill, United Kingdom

Peter
Fantastic

Great for families

Reviewed on 16 November 2016 by , Braintree, United Kingdom

Anastasia
Great fun

Reviewed on 16 November 2016 by , London, United Kingdom

philip
wonderful

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 , Addlestone, United Kingdom

Gisele
Spectacular!

Reviewed on 13 November 2016 by , Alfarras, Spain

andrew
Unbelievable

Reviewed on 13 November 2016 by , Stratford On Avon, United Kingdom

Sara
Okay

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 , Luton, United Kingdom

Sally
Fantastic!

Reviewed on 10 November 2016 by , Sittingbourne, United Kingdom

Bernadette
A must See

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 , Cork, Ireland

Rosemary
An Experience not to be missed!!

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 , Tralee,, Ireland

Anusha
creative!

Reviewed on 06 November 2016 by , Zurich, Switzerland

Ema
The oldest/biggest kid in the theatre, besides the parents

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 , London, United Kingdom

Marie
Must see show!! Superb

Reviewed on 05 November 2016 by , Paris, France

Carmel
Brilliant show

Reviewed on 05 November 2016 by , Cross, Ireland

Vicky
High quality show with a lot of investment in the production

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 , Datchet, United Kingdom

Marshall
Awesome

Must see!

Reviewed on 02 November 2016 by , Preston, United Kingdom

Magdalena
A must for all "Charlie and the Chocolate"-Fans

Reviewed on 01 November 2016 by , Neunburg Vorm Wald, Germany

Colleen
Brilliant night out!

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 , Rye, United Kingdom

layla
brilliant little oompaloompas

Reviewed on 30 October 2016 by , Kettering, United Kingdom

Helen
A must if a Dahl fan

Great show well acted just missing the umpalumpa song :-(

Reviewed on 30 October 2016 by , Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Debra
Captivating

The cast and sets where amazing !! Well worth it.

Reviewed on 30 October 2016 by , Chorley, United Kingdom

Colin
Amazing

Reviewed on 29 October 2016 by , Great Yarmouth, United Kingdom

Gina
Chatting

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 , Swindon, United Kingdom

mark
Spot on

Reviewed on 29 October 2016 by , Holyhead, United Kingdom

Rebecca
Brilliant

Reviewed on 26 October 2016 by , Normanton On Trent, United Kingdom

Alexandra
A kids' classic made to a visually impressive show

Reviewed on 26 October 2016 by , Tuen Mun, Hong Kong

Cheuk Kiu
Must see!!!

Reviewed on 24 October 2016 by , Kowloon City, Hong Kong

Gemma
Amazing

Fantastic show. Couldn't fault it. The sets were amazing.

Reviewed on 23 October 2016 by , Crawley, United Kingdom

Caroline

Great show but missed the well known songs from the film, especially the oompa loompah song!

Reviewed on 23 October 2016 by , Thorncombe, United Kingdom

Kevin

Songs not as expected but brilliant show all the same

Reviewed on 22 October 2016 by , Stockton On Tees, United Kingdom

Debbie
Brilliant from start to finish!

Reviewed on 21 October 2016 by , Airdrie, United Kingdom

donna
must see

The bar and snacks are extortionate so I would take my own snacks

Reviewed on 21 October 2016 by , Shoreham By Sea, United Kingdom

Denise
Fantastic set design

Reviewed on 20 October 2016 by , Glasgow, United Kingdom

Cinzia
Great scenography!!

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 , Gerrards Cross, United Kingdom

david
Fantadtic

Reviewed on 18 October 2016 by , Baumber, United Kingdom

Jo
Great

Reviewed on 18 October 2016 by , Narberth, United Kingdom

Julie
outstanding

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 , Elgin, United Kingdom

Clementine
Very fun show with catchy songs!

Reviewed on 16 October 2016 by , Scarborough, United Kingdom

Sara
Really Good!!!

Reviewed on 12 October 2016 by , London, United Kingdom

Aylin
Must see

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 , London, United Kingdom

Tom
Delightful !

Reviewed on 09 October 2016 by , Paris, France

Melissa
Great spectacular show

show was fantastic and very well acted , lots of great scenes and great choreography and costumes and scenery .

Reviewed on 09 October 2016 by , Rugby, United Kingdom

louisa
production exemplary

Reviewed on 09 October 2016 by , Marlborough, United Kingdom

Wan
Colourful and Enchanting

My first time going to the theatre, sets a high standard for my next visit

Reviewed on 06 October 2016 by , Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

karen
Enchanting

Reviewed on 06 October 2016 by , Wigan, United Kingdom

Sophie
Must see

Reviewed on 05 October 2016 by , St Clement, United Kingdom

Raymond
Great show

Great show for all, a bit slow at first but brilliant second half.

Reviewed on 05 October 2016 by , Royston, United Kingdom

Silvia
Delightful

Reviewed on 04 October 2016 by , Zofingen, Switzerland

Kevin
Wonderful show

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 , Auckland, New Zealand

Michael
Excellent Entertainment

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 , Dublin, Ireland

Katrien
Absolutely amazing show!

Go and watch it while you still can!

Reviewed on 03 October 2016 by , Hayling Island, United Kingdom

Eniko
Amazing props brilliant show

Reviewed on 02 October 2016 by , Ruislip, United Kingdom

Adam
A great show, quite a few laughs.

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 , Newbold Verdon, United Kingdom

ismail
Must see!

Reviewed on 02 October 2016 by , London, United Kingdom

Murray
Light entertainment

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 , Smithton, Australia

nichola
very poor diction, Mr Wonka poor singing and atrocious diction

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 , Norwich, United Kingdom

lisa
Amazing

The show was amazing best theatre show ever

Reviewed on 30 September 2016 by , London, United Kingdom

James
A genius addition to the West End

Reviewed on 30 September 2016 by , Teversham, United Kingdom

Sharon
Fantastic tasty production

Reviewed on 27 September 2016 by , Ruislip Manor, United Kingdom

William
Fabulous Use of Technology On Stage.

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 , Motherwell, United Kingdom

Pamela
Lively & creative

Reviewed on 25 September 2016 by , Crawley, United Kingdom

Pamela
Impressive stage sets.

Reviewed on 25 September 2016 by , Crawley, United Kingdom

Lizzy
Great stage props!!

Reviewed on 25 September 2016 by , Wimbledon, United Kingdom

Marian
Magical

Reviewed on 21 September 2016 by , Stevenage, United Kingdom

Mary-Ann
A must see

Reviewed on 20 September 2016 by , Crowhurst, United Kingdom

joe
Bit of a let down

Reviewed on 19 September 2016 by , Gloucester, United Kingdom

Andrew
Not the best show, best suited for families

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 , Worksop, United Kingdom

Shirin
A must see show

Reviewed on 18 September 2016 by , London, United Kingdom

28 Nov
2015
Phil Willmott

Discover more about the children's author with two current hit West End musicals

by Phil Willmott | Saturday, November 28 2015, 12:35

Roald Dahl 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
09 Sep
2015
Davor Golub

Review: Charlie and The Chocolate Factory

by Davor Golub | Wednesday, September 9 2015, 08:38

Charlie and The Chocolate Factory 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