Stagey Selects: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – The Musical

Anna Fiorentini 7 Jul 2021

Stagey Selects: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – The Musical

Welcome to our new series of blogs called Stagey Selects. We will take a deep dive into our favourite musicals and shows from the stage, looking at the history of the show as well as some fun trivia. This week is all about Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – The Musical.

The musical is based on the iconic book by Roald Dahl. It follows a small boy named Charlie, who wins a golden ticket to the weird and wonderful Wonka Chocolate Factory. It’s a chance of a lifetime for Charlie and his Grandpa but beyond the factory gates, the five lucky winners discover that not everything is as sweet as it seems.

The production opened on May 22, 2013 at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. It concluded its run after three and a half years in the West End. A reworked version of the show then opened on Broadway in spring 2017.

Here is some exciting theatre trivia for the show:

After the success of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Matilda: the Musical, producers wanted to replicate this critical acclaim in a new show.

The West End Musical was directed by Academy-Award Winning Sam Mendes, who also directed the James Bond films Skyfall and Spectre.

The original score was composed and written by the same duo who did the iconic Hairspray score. 

The Musical received 7 Olivier Award nominations in 2014, including Best New Musical. It won the awards for Best Costume Design and Best Lighting Design. 

In the West End version of the show, the child characters were played by children. For the Broadway production, the characters of Augustus Gloop, Violet Beauregarde, Veruca Salt and Mike Teavee were played by adult actors.

When looking at the poster artwork for the show, you’ll see the imagery of a factory. But if you turn it on its side, you’ll see the profile of Willy Wonka.

The only song from the original film to be used in the West End Musical is ‘Pure Imagination’.

The show boasted incredible special effects including a Glass Elevator that flew over the audience.


Here’s hoping the doors to the Wonka Chocolate Factory will open on the West End again soon!


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