Director Sam Mendes set to take the West End by storm


Fresh from the launch of the new James Bond movie, shown live at the Royal Albert Hall, director Sam Mendes is set to take the West End by storm as he parachutes in as the director of the new fantasy comedy musical Charlie and the Chocolate factory.

Tickets for the show in London, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the musical at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane have now gone on sale. It’s the first time that Roald Dahl’s classic story has been staged, previously having been turned in to two hugely successful films.

The show is booking from the 18th May 2103 through to the 30th November 2013.

Originally planned for the London Palladium the show was switched to The Theatre Royal Drury Lane. The Theatre Royal Drury Lane have especially renamed the theatre areas for this venue, for this show, so the areas are now named: Stalls, Royal Circle, Grand Circle and Balcony.

The show previews from the 18th May with some fantastic ticket offers, so it’s well worth booking early to save £10 a ticket.

 The World premiere press night for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the musical is scheduled for the 25th June 2013.

2013 marks the 50th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s magical book, Charlie and the Chocolate factory being published. The fantastical tale follows a young and impoverished Charlie Bucket, who finds one of the prized golden tickets hidden in a bar of Willy Wonka’s chocolate bars that gains him entry to the surreal and wonderful world of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory.

Dahl’s book was first turned in to a film in 1971 entitled Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and starred Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka. A Tim Burton re-make in 2005 saw Johnnie Depp star as Willy Wonka in the re-named Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Now the ultimate candyman has been re-imagined for the London theatre. It’s a fascinating story as on one hand it is bursting with imagination and magic from the chocolate waterfall to the strange but enchanting Oompa Loompas and their mystical songs. And on the other hand there is the under-lying moral message of greed, rudeness and vanity of the naughty children and their ultimate comeuppance.

Sam Mendes, is the director, fresh from his success on the latest Bond movie. He is said to have been enthralled by the story whilst reading it to his children. It remains to be seen whether he follows the more innocent theme of the first film or whther the tone is darker, as in Tim Burton’s remake. Mendes has vowed to stay true to the original plot and characters in the book, which will include the delightfully nasty children and their resulting demise. The real challenge for Mendes will be in creating a musical not only for children but for adults as well.