The world premiere of the new stage production based on Roald Dahl's much-loved childrens novel opened at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in June 2013.
Directed by Academy Award-winning film and theatre director Sam Mendes, with a book by David Greig and new songs from Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, this magical and fantastical dark tale stars award-winning actor Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka, alongside former Young One and established theatre star Nigel Planer as Grandpa Joe.
The mysterious Willy Wonka is opening his Chocolate Factory for just one day, and for Charlie Bucket it promises to be a mouth-watering chance to feast his eyes on sweets beyond his wildest imagination! Bursting with Dahl’s signature style and imagination, we're treated to chocolate waterfalls, the mystical orange skinned Oompa Loompas, glass elevators, trained squirrels and everlasting gobstoppers.
2 hours 30 minutes
Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Nearest Underground: Covent Garden
Nearest Rail: Charing Cross
Bus Routes: 1, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 26, 68, 76, 77A, 168, 171, 171A, 176, 188
Parking: Single yellow lines in Catherine Street and Russell Street, NCP in Drury Lane.
Wheelchair access to the theatre is through the Fire Exit door on Russell Street which leads into the left of the stalls. There are 4 spaces for wheelchair users and transfer seating is available to aisle seats. Each wheelchair user must bring a non-disabled companion.
An infra-red system with 10 headsets is installed for the hard of hearing. Headsets are available from the duty manager in the main foyer.
Guide dogs not allowed into the auditorium but theatre staff can look after them in an office.
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