As Charlie And The Chocolate Factory gets set to celebrate its 1,000th performance tonight, the hit West End musical has extended its run at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane until 3 December 2016.
Alongside 1,000 performances, the show’s momentous milestone marks 1,000 golden tickets won by Charlie, 1,000 falls into the chocolate waterfall for Augustus Gloop and 1,000 blueberry pie-related Violet Beauregarde transformations.
The show’s extension gives theatre fans an additional six months to see even more of this sugar-coated mayhem, not to mention dancing squirrels and those all-important Oompa-Loompas.
Sam Mendes’ take on Roald Dahl’s much-loved tale opened at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in June 2013, when Official London Theatre’s Charlotte Marshall described it as a show “packed with inventive surprises and magical wonders [that] will take you on an irresistible adventure”.
Featuring a book by David Greig with music and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory has been seen by more than 1.6 million theatregoers during its West End residency and has seen an acclaimed trio – including current Willy Wonka Jonathan Slinger – take on the role of the tale’s mysterious confectioner.
The winner of two Olivier Awards, the choc-tastic treat combines ingenious stagecraft and jaw-dropping designs to tell Dahl’s deliciously dark story of a young boy whose life is changed forever when he’s invited into Wonka’s top secret chocolate factory.
Tickets for the new booking period are already on sale and can be booked through us here.