Aspiring technicians get golden ticket

Published March 12, 2015

A quintet of wannabe theatre technicians will vie for the chance to work as a paid production intern on acclaimed West End musical hit Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.

Amelia Butcher, Emily Bagshaw, Nicola Tapsell, Rachel Hopper and Rebecca Lewis will each spend a week working with the production’s backstage team, learning the ropes in the lighting, sound, automation, wardrobe, wigs, make-up and stage management departments.

After their week’s work experience, one of the lucky five will get the chance to join the award-winning production for an eight-week paid internship programme.

Speaking about the internship programme, Josh Berger CBE, President and Managing Director of Warner Bros. UK and Ireland, co-producers of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, said: “This is an incredible opportunity to work backstage on one of the largest productions in the West End. Last year’s lucky recipients are already taking their first steps into the industry and we are confident that these five talented people will be just as successful.”

To get this far in the process, the five technicians-in-waiting had to submit an application to Warner Bros. and beat fellow applicants at an assessment centre held at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, the home of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.

Based on Roald Dahl’s famously popular children’s novel, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory tells the story of Charlie Bucket, the recipient of one of five golden tickets hidden inside Willy Wonka’s impressively inventive candies. The ticket gives young Charlie the chance to peek inside Wonka’s mysterious factory and discover just how his world-renowned sweets are made; yet there are far more tricks lurking inside than there are treats.

Since opening at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in 2013, the production has been seen by more than 1.25 million people. It is currently booking until 4 June 2016. You can book tickets through us here.