Saturday, 28 March 2015

Cast Changes For Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

Lara Denning is to swap one Roald Dahl tale for another as she makes the short move across Covent Garden from the Cambridge Theatre where she currently stars in the much loved RSC production of Matilda The Musical as Miss Honey to the Theatre Royal Drury Lane where she will now play the role of Mrs Bucket in the smash hit family stage show Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.

Other new members of the cast joining the production are Jonathan Slinger who will now take over the role of the mysterious and wonderful Willy Wonka, and Kraig Thornber and Mark Oxtoby who will now play Grandpa Joe and Jerry respectively.  Other changes in the show include original cast members Ross Dawes and Derek Hagen who are to swap their current roles as Jerry and Mr Teavee to take on the parts of Mr Salt and Mr Bucket

The West End stage production of the classic Roald Dahl story about Charlie Bucket who wins the lifechanging opportunity to enter Willy Wonka's mysterious, secretive and wonderful chocolate factory first opened in London at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 25th June 2013.  The show was written by David Greig, with music and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman and the challenging role of director was taken on by Sam Mendes.

The show transferred well from screen to stage winning two Laurence Olivier Awards in 2014 for Best Costume Design and Best Lighting Design, and received mixed to positive reviews from West End critics as the production and quality of the performances were generally praised, the musical score received some negative critique as it differed from the much loved and well known songs from the original movie. 

The new members of the cast will get their first outing at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in the show on May 4th. 

Charlie And The Chocolate Factory tickets are currently available to book until June 4th 2016 giving West End audiences at least another year of chocolate coated fun!

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