Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, that timelessly charming tale of a young boy and his magical golden ticket, is coming to the stage.
Opening at the London Palladium Theatre in June 2013, the musical will be based on the beloved 1964 children’s book by Roald Dahl, as well as the two movie versions from 1971 and the most recent starring Johnny Depp in 2005. It will be directed by Sam Mendes, making his return to London theatre. The music will be provided by Marc Shaiman and Scott Whitmann, the men who collaborated on Hairspray, as well as numbers taken from the 1971 film.
The musical version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is sure to be a delight for all ages. The story will be brought alive right before your eyes. And you would be hard pressed to find a better venue to experience the magic of the story than the famous and beautiful London Palladium Theatre, with its rich history and stunning line-up of awe-inspiring performers from days past.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is the story of young Charlie Bucket, a kind but poor boy whose dreams take flight when he hears about a contest being held by famous chocolate maker Willy Wonka. Five golden tickets will be placed inside five separate chocolate bars and distributed throughout the world. Whoever is lucky enough to come across one of these golden tickets will receive a tour inside the mysterious Willy Wonka chocolate factory and a chance to meet the eccentric candy maker. Charlie is amazed when he finally discovers a golden ticket in his chocolate bar after having given up hope. He takes along his dear old Grandpa Joe and joins four other spoilt children at the factory gates. The life-changing adventure that awaits them is full of thrills, surprises and lessons learned.
Although entertaining enough on the movie screen, the boxoffice theatre version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory promises to offer an even more breathtaking and lively experience. Musical numbers will be provided by acclaimed choreographer Peter Darling, the recipient of an award for his work on Mathilda The Musical. Costumes will be designed by Mark Thompson, of Mamma Mia and One Man, Two Guvnors fame. The colors, sights, and sounds will undoubtedly prove to be memorable.
Tickets for this can’t miss event are scheduled to go on sale in October. Remember to mark your calendars!
Author Bio: Angelina Lawson is a Content Writer with an interest in topics relating Theatre, Films, art, culture etc. You can follow her @boxofficeltd on Twitter.
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