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Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

Catherine Street WC2B 5JF

Charlie And The Chocolate Factory - The Musical

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Show Details

Preview 18th May 13
Opens 25th Jun 13
Booking to 3rd Dec 16

Show Times

Mon - Sat 7.30 pm
Matinée Weds & Sat
2.30 pm
Length of show - 2hr 30min

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A classic viewing of all the Theatreland play houses by night. The authentic commentary, by Ben Shafik - a player himself - gives an authentic feel to the West End's theatres - and is backed by real music.
Next version will be more upbeat as, suggested, to celebrate Britannia's unbeatable heritage.
(Over 6000 viewings and all good reviews to date).
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I took these pictures to show off London theatres as they are seen -most often - by theatre goers, at night.

Thanks to Ben Shafik for his lighthearted and informative commentary and Fionn O'Lochlainn for the original music.

Watch out for the new version with current liveries and the names of the theatres as they appear.




How virtue wins out over greed -

The underlying message in this story is a powerful allegory about the triumph of virtue over shockingly ugly behaviour portrayed in brattish, selfish children and their parents.  In this story, the adults don't get away with blaming the little ones in their care.

Now Greed is a repulsive trait in any being. It goes so far from being a virtue that it is indeed a sin - top of the 7 'deadlies'. Dahl  had a lot to say about the nasty ways people had of being greedy and the sticky end they come to. These prime childrens' roles are beautifully performed by the children who can be themselves any  way they want.

You gotta wonder - did Dahl foresee Gloop as the current fate of bankers falling into their rivers of ones and zeros?

It appears that Virtue, per se, attracts little good press while the absence of virtue gets a great deal more attention. Charlie and his enthusiastic grand pop quietly continued to be respectful and observant. They were more fun to have around than all the rest.

So virtue was already on its way to the front. The times Dahl was writing about were solidly of the opinion that 'self control' was the one and only way to resist temptation. We see every day that this is false. For where temptation lies there lurk the evil ones.

As clear as it is that Self control is at the centre of all plans, one only has to look at Wonka's performance to see who 'self' really is.

Charlie and the chocolate factory Is a story of a reversal of the growing world trend of repulsive, nearly dead bodies grabbing everything they can all for themselves. Such small effort as these creatures make is all directed towards the foul practice of pretending to be human.

The story

A magnate, Wildly Wonka, with his very own secret factory which makes especially delicious yummy chocolate confectionary, sets up production in a small town where Charlie lives.

He announces the  issue of his five gold tickets which are tucked randomly behind the wrappers of his wonderful chocolate bars. The winners and their families gathered at the factory on the appointed day, for their prize tour, proceed to fall prey to their knawing greed. Charlie – devoid of greed – does very well indeed for himself and the others around him.

It's becoming increasingly clear that happy communities thrive. And that the 7 deadly sins are just that. Deadly.

When you go to this show be sure to take the whole family. It will always be a point of reference between members of the family. Knowing that it is an allegory on the great mystery of greed itself.


Rohal Dahl was a thinker. The giant peach and the chocolate factory are forever in the English vernacular. As are Alice, Christopher Robin, Sherlock Holmes, Orwell, Just William, Tinkerbell And Dorothy are a salient part of our culture. They join Star Trek, Stargate among others which are all heavy influencers in how we are learning to think things through.

If you should book ahead a little you can ponder the great question from incidents in your life and take some of your thoughts to the performance.


  • Jonathan Slinger - Willy Wonka
  • Barry James - Grandpa Joe
  • Ross Dawes - Mr Salt
  • Josefina Gabrielle - Mrs Teavee
  • Jasna Ivir - Mrs Gloop
  • Paul J Medford - Mr Beauregarde
  • Lara Denning - Mrs Bucket
  • Roni Page - Grandma Josephine
  • Myra Sands - Grandma Georgina
  • Kraig Thornber - Grandpa George

  • Director - Sam Mendes
  • Lighting - Paul Pyant
  • Design - Mark Thompson
  • Choreography - Peter Darling
  • Costume - Mark Thompson
  • Sound - Paul Arditti
  • Book - David Greig
  • New songs - Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman
  • Orchestrations - Doug Besterman
  • Misic director - Nicholas Skilbeck
  • Video Designer - Jon Driscoll
  • Producer - Kevin McCormick
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