Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Opens: 25/06/2013 Closes: 30/05/2015 Theatre Royal, LondonThe most successful British director in the universe after his Bond coup, Sam Mendes is back in the humble West End with a new musical version of Roald Dahl's absurd kids' favourite. Music comes courtesy of the Grammy award-winning composers of Hairspray, with choreography by Billy Elliot's Peter Darling. Hopefully it won't be a garish dud, à la Tim Burton. For more information visit: http://www.charlieandthechocolatefactory.com/ Buy: http://catcf.seetickets.com/tour/charlie-and-the-chocolate-factory Watch:
The Independent“Leaves you wanting more...” The glorious finale with Charlie now kitted out as a mini-Wonka who mirrors his mentor's zazzy, off-centre motions makes you wish there were more of it...
Financial Times“Visual ravishment and a warm glow...” Greig’s adaptation, and Sam Mendes’ production, do well at matching the Dahlian blend of wonder, darkness and cheek...
Time Out“The hottest property in the West End right now...” It's a bumper box of a family entertainment, with a golden wrapper and plenty of whipple-scrumptious surprises...
Evening Standard“A tremendously inventive show...” The industrious Oompa-Loompas are among its candy-coated pleasures, and the wizardry with which they’re brought to life is typical of a production that delights in its own cleverness...
Guardian“A welter of special effects...” The success of Sam Mendes's production lies in its reminder that, for all the razzle-dazzle of Mark Thompson's sets and costumes, Dahl's story is essentially a moral fable...
The Stage“there is a phenomenal amount of business going on...” Right from the animated opener and our first meeting with Charlie and his family - refusing to be disheartened by living in a shack and facing endless cabbage soup for tea - we are immediately engaged...
Whatsonstage.com“A real sense of invention and improvisation...” The staging by Mendes and choreographer Peter Darling has a sort of vibrant conservatism to it that seems absolutely right for the material, and not least among the available marvels are Paul Pyant's lighting and Paul Arditti's sound design...
The Telegraph“ Rarely touches the heart or stimulates the imagination..” But the production has two good things going for it. Douglas Hodge is a splendidly charismatic and disconcerting Willy Wonka, brilliantly combining jokes with a twitchy hint of the psycho, and the child performers are superb...
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