Producers also revealed that Charlie and the Chocolate Factory broke the West End theatre record for the highest reported weekly gross sales for a second time, taking a total of £1,080,260.00 in the week commencing 30 December 2013. The show set the previous record of £1,062,606.00 in the week commencing 28 October 2013.
Featuring ingenious stagecraft, the wonder of the original story that has captivated the world for almost 50 years is brought to life in Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory which opened at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 25 June 2013.
Olivier and Tony Award-winning actor Douglas Hodge plays Willy Wonka, directed by Sam Mendes. With music by Marc Shaiman, and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman, a book by award-winning playwright and adaptor David Greig, set and costume designs by Mark Thompson and choreography by Peter Darling. Alongside Douglas Hodge, the cast includes Nigel Planer as Grandpa Joe, Clive Carter as Mr Salt, Jasna Ivir as Mrs Gloop, Paul J Medford as Mr Beauregarde, Iris Roberts as Mrs Teavee, Billy Boyle as Grandpa George, Alex Clatworthy as Mrs Bucket, Roni Page as Grandma Josephine, Myra Sands as Grandma Georgina and Jack Shalloo as Mr Bucket.