London Lookout: A World of Pure Imagination Comes to Life

imageLondon’s tastiest production comes to life. A brand new musical is about to come to life across the pond in London beginning tonight in the West End. An all star team on and off the stage will help bring to life one of the best known stories and secrets of mankind. Get ready for an epic tour into a factory filled with more then just chocolate and sweets. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you everything you need to know about Charlie and the Chocolate Factory which is set to begin previews tonight!

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is the classic story of the mysterious chocolate master, Willy Wonka, who opens his factory to the world for one day only. However, the only lucky people who get to experience it are the ones who have found the golden tickets hidden among Wonka’s candy bars. A feast of pure imagination waits before Charlie’s eyes in this new world  production. The new musical will feature a book by David Greig and new songs from Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. The musical is entirely based off Roald Dahl’s classic tale.

charlie14Charlie and The Chocolate Factory begins previews tonight in London! The show is housed at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. The show was originally set to begin previews May 18th but those shows were cancelled. Holding the entire thing together as the leading man is Douglas Hodge who stars as Willy Wonka. Hodge, a Olivier and Tony Award Winner, has come in demand recently after giving award winning performances in multiple productions. The most recent was La Cage Aux Folles. Other leading characters in the show include Nigel Planer as Grandpa Joe, Clive Carter as Mr. Salt, Jasna Ivir as Mrs. Gloop, Paul J. Medford as Mr. Beauregarde, Iris Roberts as Mrs. Teavee, Billy Royle as Grandpa George, Roni Page as Grandma Josephine and Myra Sands as Grandma Georgina.

Douglas Hodge to star as Willy Wonka in West End

charlie20The ensemble of the show includes Joe Allen, David Birch, Alex Louize Bird, Michelle Bishop, Mireia Mambo Bokele, Simon Campbell, Matthew Clark, Alex Clatworthy, Ross Dawes, Jennifer Davison, Luke Fetherston, Nia Fisher, Kate Graham, Derek Hagen, Clare Halse, Mark Iles, Daniel Ioannou, Kieran Jae, Jane McMurtrie, Natalie Moore-Williams, Sherrie Pennington, Damien Poole, Antony Reed, Paul Saunders, Jack Shalloo and Jay Webb.

The production will be directed by Academy Award Winner for film and theatre Sam Mendes and feature choreography by Peter Darling. The set and costume design will be byMark ThompsonPaul Pyant will provide a lighting design, Paul Arditti will provide a sound design and Jon Driscoll will be the video and projection designer. Doug Besterman is in charge of orchestrations andNicholas Skilbeck is on board as the music director. Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Neal Street Productions and Kevin McCormick will serve as the lead producers.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in Rehearsal (Photos)

Drury-Lane-Charlie-DayLuner on Theatre is very excited for the world preimere of this musical. Following in the steps of Matilda the Musical, I can only imagine how well bringing to life such a well known and classic children’s story will do in the West End. Depending of course on the outcome of it’s West End debut, I would love to see this show transfer to Broadway. However, I’m not sure if much of the New York audience is ready for what they would consider another “children’s show” in a season already overflowing with kids on Broadway. However, as this season has proved, sometimes Broadway’s littlest people are it’s biggest hit. A score by Shaiman and Wittman, known best for Hairspray and Catch Me If You Can, is more then likely filled with vibrant music people will not be able to stop humming on their way out of the theatre.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory begins previews tonight in London! The show will be in previews for the next month with an official opening set for June 25th, 2013. Luner on Theatre will continue to bring you news regarding Charlie and the Chocolate Factory all the way until it’s opening night and beyond! Check out our London Lookout Page for all the latest news. For more information, check out Charlie and The Chocolate Factory’s Official Website.Be sure to check Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!

Director Sam Mendes brings to life the classic tale on Stage

Director Sam Mendes brings to life the classic tale on Stage

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