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Thursday, 11 October 2012 06:38

LONDON: Douglas Hodge to Play Willy Wonka in World Premiere of Roald Dahl's CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY



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Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Neal Street Productions and Kevin McCormick today announced that Olivier and Tony Award®-winning actor Douglas Hodge will play Willy Wonka in Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which opens at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 25th June next year.

Tickets for the new musical go on public sale on Monday 15th October, for performances from 18th May 2013 until the end of the current booking period on Saturday 30th November 2013.

Douglas Hodge is a four time Olivier-nominated actor/director, who has worked at the National Theatre, the RSC, Shakespeare’s Globe and the Royal Court Theatre. On Broadway, he is currently starring at the American Airlines Theatre in the title role of Cyrano de Bergerac, for the Roundabout Theatre Company. He won the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for his Broadway debut in La Cage Aux Folles, having already won the Olivier Award for the same performance in London. For ten years he worked closely with Harold Pinter, and he was Associate Director at the Donmar from 2007 to 2009. He has released two albums of his own compositions 'Cowley Road Songs' and 'Nightbus', and won the Stiles and Drewe 2012 Best New Song Award for ‘Powercut’. Alongside numerous television credits, his feature films include Vanity Fair, Robin Hood, the soon to be released Serena, and Diana – in which he plays Paul Burrell, butler to Diana, Princess of Wales.

When Charlie wins a golden ticket to the weird and wonderful Wonka Chocolate Factory, it’s the chance of a lifetime to feast on the sweets he’s always dreamed of.  But beyond the gates astonishment awaits, as down the sugary corridors, and amongst the incredible edible delights, the five lucky winners discover not everything is as sweet as it seems.

ROALD DAHL’s deliciously dark tale of young Charlie Bucket and the mysterious confectioner Willy Wonka comes to life in a brand new West End musical directed by Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes.

Featuring ingenious stagecraft, the wonder of the original story that has captivated the world for almost 50 years is brought to life with music by Marc Shaiman, and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman (Grammy® winners for Hairspray; Smash), a book by award-winning playwright and adaptor David Greig (The Bacchae; Tintin In Tibet), set and costume designs by Mark Thompson (Mamma Mia!; One Man, Two Guvnors) and choreography by Peter Darling (Billy Elliot; Matilda).

This world premiere musical is produced by Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Neal Street Productions and Kevin McCormick.

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Roald Dahl’s

Directed by Sam Mendes
Book by David Greig
Music by Marc Shaiman
Lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman
Set and costume design by Mark Thompson
Choreography by Peter Darling
Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London, WC2B 5JF
Previews from 18 May 2013
Opening Night: Tuesday 25 June 2013, 7.30pm
Box Office: 0844 858 8877
To Book online visit:

Performance Times:

Monday – Saturday 7.30pm, Wednesday & Saturday 2.30pm
(except 20-22 May, 27-28 May, 29 May (matinee), 3-4 June, 5 June (matinee), 12 June (matinee))

Ticket Prices:

£25.00, £32.50, £39.50, £49.50, £67.50
£10 off all tickets in preview period (18 May – 24 June).

Booking fees apply

Group Rates:
12+ Group Rate
Top price seats reduced to £45.00
Valid Mon-Thu evening & Wed matinee performances
Excludes w/c 27 May 2013, 25 June 2013 and w/c 28 October 2013
Subject to availability

Education Rates:
10+ Schools Rate
Seats up to £49.50 reduced to £25.00
Valid Tue-Wed evening and Wed matinee performances
Excludes 27 May – 1 Jun 2013, 25 Jun 2013, 22 Jul – 31 Aug 2013 and 28 Oct – 3 Nov 2013
Subject to availability


Written by Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was first published in 1964 in the US and in the UK in 1967. The book has been adapted into two Warner Bros. Pictures films: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory in 1971 and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in 2005.


Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures is the live stage play division of Warner Bros. Entertainment, responsible for developing and producing first-class productions for the stage.  In addition to this current production, Theatre Ventures is readying the Stephen King drama Misery for the 2012-2013 Broadway season, with Oscar-winner Bill Goldman adapting his 1990 screenplay for the stage.  Theatre Ventures is currently developing a number of other productions, including musical adaptations of such titles as Beetlejuice, Dave and Secondhand Lions.  Theatre Ventures is also involved with several co-productions with award-winning Broadway, film and television producers on such titles as Dog Fight at Off-Broadway’s Second Stage and on the tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s version of The Wizard Of Oz

During the 2010-2011 holiday season, Theatre Ventures was represented on Broadway by Elf: The Musical, which broke the Hirschfeld Theatre’s box office record three out of the nine weeks of its special limited holiday engagement. 

In addition to its development and co-production slate, Theatre Ventures also has numerous licensed properties in production worldwide, including The Color Purple, Doctor Zhivago, 42nd Street, Hairspray, Light In The Piazza, Singin’ In The Rain and Top Hat as well as the upcoming The Bodyguard, The Bridges Of Madision County and Diner.   

Warner Bros. Entertainment, a Time Warner Company, is a fully integrated, broad-based entertainment company and a global leader in the creation, production, distribution, licensing and marketing of all forms of creative content and their related businesses, across all current and emerging media and platforms.  The company stands at the forefront of every aspect of the entertainment industry from feature film, TV and home entertainment production and worldwide distribution to DVD, digital distribution, animation, comic books, licensing, international cinemas and broadcasting.


Theatre Producer, Caro Newling. Sam Mendes, Caro Newling and Pippa Harris formed Neal Street in 2003 to produce film, television and theatre. Currently running: Shrek The Musical at Theatre Royal Drury Lane produced with DreamWorks Animation.  Previously:  The Bridge Project, a three-year transatlantic and global venture with the Old Vic/Brooklyn Academy of Music: The Winter’s Tale, The Cherry Orchard, As You Like It, The Tempest, Richard III, directed by Sam Mendes 2009 - 2012; South Downs/The Browning Version, Three Days of Rain directed by Jamie Lloyd, with James McAvoy,  The Vertical Hour directed by Sam Mendes, with Julianne Moore and Bill Nighy, The House of Special Purpose directed by Howard Davies, All About My Mother directed by Tom Cairns, The Hound of the Baskervilles directed by Orla O’Loughlin, Days of Wine and Roses directed by Peter Gill, Anna in the Tropics directed by Indhu Rubasingham, Fuddy Meers directed by Angus Jackson.  West End/Broadway transfers: Enron directed by Rupert Goold, Red and Hamlet directed by Michael Grandage, Mary Stuart directed by Phyllida Lloyd, Sunday in the Park with George directed by Sam Buntrock. Mendes/Newling established and ran the Donmar Warehouse between 1992 and 2002. Film and TV includes Call the Midwife (second series currently in production), Stuart A Life Backwards, Starter for Ten, Things We Lost in the Fire, Jarhead, Revolutionary Road, Away We Go.  Shortly to be released, a series of four Shakespeare films for BBC Two: Richard II, Henry IV Part 1 & Part 2 and Henry V with directors Rupert Goold, Richard Eyre, Thea Sharrock.

Kevin McCormick (Producer) is President of Langley Park Pictures, a studio-based production company at Warner Bros.  McCormick most recently produced the romantic drama The Lucky One, starring Zac Efron, and the 2011 comedy Arthur, starring Russell Brand and Helen Mirren.  He is also a producer on the upcoming drama The Gangster Squad, starring Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, which opens in January 2013.

Previously, McCormick was President of Production at Warner Bros. Pictures.  Assuming that post in January 2008, he had day-to-day oversight of, and responsibility for, Warner Bros. Pictures’ creative team and the movies produced by the company, including such award-winning and critically acclaimed films as Gran Torino; The Dark Knight, which broke box office records worldwide and is currently the third-highest-grossing film of all time, domestically; The Hangover, which is, domestically, the highest grossing R-rated comedy of all time; and the worldwide hit Sherlock Holmes.  Among the studio’s other films during his tenure were Get Smart, the top-grossing Harry Potter franchise, The Informant!, Watchmen and Terminator Salvation.  In addition, he oversaw the division’s London office and reported directly to Jeff Robinov, President, Warner Bros. Pictures Group.

McCormick joined Warner Bros. Pictures in 1999 as Executive Vice President, Production, overseeing such notable films as Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Michael Clayton, Blood Diamond, The Last Samurai, Matchstick Men, Insomnia, Syriana, and Burton’s Corpse Bride and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

McCormick began his career as an executive producer on the film Saturday Night Fever.