Charlie and the Chocolate Factory open auditions

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the Musical, opening at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London’s West End next year, presents an exciting opportunity for children to audition for the upcoming show.

One of 2013’s most anticipated shows in London, it will preview at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane from the 18th May 2013 with the World Premiere scheduled for June 2013.

Amongst the roles being cast include Charlie himself. The production team are looking for a male under 4ft 8in, aged between 8 to 12 years old. The role of Charlie Bucket calls for a talented actor with an innocent appearance, lean frame and natural singing voice.

The other male child roles include Mike Teavee who needs to be a highly physical street dancer with lots of energy, and who is also able to do a convincing American accent. Augustus Gloop needs to be a corpulent boy and a good singer who can speak in a good German accent. Both boys need to be under 4ft 10in in height and aged from 9 to 12 years old.

The female roles which are being auditioned include Veruca Salt, who needs to be a confident and charismatic actress with excellent ballet dancing credentials of grade 4 or above. The other girl, Violet Beauregarde, needs to be a skilled rapper with good rhythm and a brash attitude, who is also able to do an American accent. Both girls need to be under 4ft 8in in height and aged between 9 and 12 years old.

The actor Douglas Hodge will take on the iconic role of Willy Wonka in this major new theatre musical of Roald Dahl’s Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, to be directed by Sam Mendes, the Donmar Warehouse artistic director and director of the recent James Bond movie, Skyfall. The stage adaptation is by David Grieg (The Strange Undoing Of Prudencia Hart) and new songs have been composed by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray).

Set and costume design will be by Mark Thompson (One Man, Two Guvnors) with choreography by Peter Darling (Matilda The Musical). Other members of the creative team include Doug Besterman (orchestrations), Nicholas Skilbeck (Musical Director), Paul Pyant (Lightning Designer), Paul Arditti (Sound Designer) and Jon Driscoll (Video and Projection Designer).

As the story goes, the mysterious Willy Wonka is opening his Chocolate Factory for just one day, and for Charlie Bucket it promises to be a mouthwatering chance to feast his eyes on sweets beyond his wildest imagination.

It is the first time that Roald Dahl’s much-loved children’s classic has been brought to life on the London stage.