Douglas Hodge to play Willy Wonka in Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

Douglas Hodge to play Willy Wonka in Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

Updated On: May 1, 2018
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    Tony and Olivier Award winner Douglas Hodge (La Cage aux Folles) will star as Willy Wonka in director Sam Mendes’ musical adaptation of CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, according to the Daily Mail.

    The musical will play the West End’s Theatre Royal, Drury Lane beginning May 18, 2013, (previously the Palladium but now the future home of A Chorus Line) with an official opening to follow in June. CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY will feature a book by David Greig and music and lyrics by Tony winners Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. No further casting has been announced.

    Hodge earned a Tony Award and Olivier Award for his starring role as Albin in the revival of La Cage aux Folles. His many other stage credits include Guys and Dolls, Betrayal, Three Sisters and Inadmissible Evidence. He recently directed The Torch Song Trilogy at London's Menier Chocolate Factory.

    Based on Roald Dahl’s 1964 children’s book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory follows the adventures of young Charlie Bucket as he and four other children are invited into the strange and eccentric world of Willy Wonka and his chocolate factory. The book was first adapted to the big screen in 1971 under the title Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, and starring Gene Wilder. In 2005, Tim Burton directed a remake using the novel's original title, with Johnny Depp playing Wonka.

    CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY tickets are now on sale for groups by calling 020 7907 7038. Ticket bookings for individuals will be available online from Monday 15 October 2012.