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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Opens: 25/06/2013 Closes: 30/05/2015 Theatre Royal, London
The 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:
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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...
 
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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...
 
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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...
 
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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...
 
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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...
 
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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...
 
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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...
 
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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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