The hit musical based on Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book will also be heading on a UK tour after it finishes its run in the West End. 

Directed by Sam Mendes, the news comes as the musical enters its fourth and final year in the West End, with tickets available  to buy until Saturday the 7th January 2017.

A Broadway production of the show will open in New York during the 2016-2017 season and tickets for a UK tour will also go on sale next year – with full details yet to be confirmed.

Since opening in the West End in June 2013, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has been seen by 1.8 million people and is in the top three longest running productions to run at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in the last 50 years (along with Miss Saigon and 42nd Street).

But before it leaves the West End, the musical will be taking part in the celebrations of the centenary of the birth of Roald Dahl taking place nationwide in 2016.

The cast currently includes: Jonathan Slinger as Willy Wonka, Barry James as Grandpa Joe, Ross Dawes as Mr Salt, Josefina Gabrielle as Mrs Teavee, Jasna Ivir as Mrs Gloop, Paul J Medford as Mr Beauregarde, Claire Carrie as Grandma Josephine, Lara Denning as Mrs Bucket, Myra Sands as Grandma Georgina,Kraig Thornber as Grandpa George and Chris Grahamson joining the cast as Mr Bucket.

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.

As well as being directed by Sam Mendes, Roald Dahl’s book was brought to life with music by Marc Shaiman, and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman, a book by award-winning playwright and adaptor David Greig, set and costume designs by Mark Thompson and choreography by Peter Darling.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is booking at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane until the 7th January 2017. To book tickets visit: Ticketmaster.co.uk, Discount Theatre.com, Last Minute.com, Theatre Tickets Direct.co.uk, Love Theatre.com, Theatre People.comUK Tickets.co.uk and Red Letter Days

 

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