Charlie and the Chocolate Factory announces new cast


Exciting news has emerged from the Charlie and Chocolate Factory crew – new cast members have been announced to play alongside the previously publicised Jonathan Slinger as Willy Wonka

New performers will join original cast members at Theatre Royal Drury Lane

As the West End hit approaches its second-year anniversary, the show’s producers have announced a new team of highly talented performers.

Joining Jonathan Slinger as the eccentric Willy Wonka is Kraig Thornber, who will play Grandpa George. Lara Denning will take the role of Mrs Bucket and Mark Oxtoby as Jerry.

Ross Dawes and Derek Hagen, original cast members of the West End production, will take over as Mr Salt and Mr Bucket respectively.  

A large majority of the cast remain with the show

A number of members of the current cast have been part of the show since it opened in the spring of 2013 and are staying on for another year. These performers include, Myra Sands, Roni Page, Jasna Ivri, Ross Dawes, Paul J. Medford, Derek Hagen, Kate Graham and Joe Allen.

Almost two thirds of the current crew is remaining unchanged.

Johnathan Slinger to take over as Willy Wonka

Earlier this year it was announced that Johnathan Slinger will replace the show’s current Willy Wonka, Alex Jennings.

With title roles in recent productions of Richard II and Richard III, Macbeth, Hamlet, and playing Prospero in The Tempest, Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Dromio in The Comedy of Errors, and Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Jonathan Slinger has secured a status as a forerunner in contemporary Shakespearean theatre.  

Slinger made his musical theatre debut playing Officer Lockstock in the recent West End hit Urinetown: The Musical.

A record-breaking West End hit

Since it opened in June 2013, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has become one of the West End’s most popular and successful musicals. At the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Sam Mendes’ incredible show has been seen by more than 1.25 million people and broken several records.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’s new cast will start on Monday 4 May, 2015.

The show is currently taking bookings at Theatre Royal Drury Lane until 4 June 2016.