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Charlie to close Chocolate Factory in 2017

Published 23 February 2016

Charlie And The Chocolate Factory is to end its run at the West End’s iconic Theatre Royal Drury Lane in 2017, having become the third longest-running show at the historic venue. The show is currently booking to 7 January.

The news comes as the show, which has already been seen by more than 1.8 million people in London, enters its fourth successful year.

The musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s hugely popular children’s story opened at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in June 2013. The following year it collected the Olivier Awards for Best Lighting Design and Best Costume Design for its realisation of the drab world of Charlie Bucket and the fantastical factory of master confectioner Willy Wonka.

Directed by Skyfall’s Sam Mendes, the production brings to the stage the tale of a young boy with little luxury in his life who finds himself one of five children with the chance to explore the mysterious sugar-filled lair of the eccentric sweet maker Willy Wonka. But this is a factory tour like no other and a number of secrets lay in store.

The show currently stars Jonathan Slinger as the top hat-sporting confection inventor alongside a cast including Barry James, Josefina Gabrielle, Jasna Ivir, Paul J Medford and Myra Sands.

Though the production’s London adventure is drawing to a close, it’s far from the end of the story. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory will both open on Broadway later this year and embark on a UK tour in 2017.  

You still have a year to catch Charlie And The Chocolate Factory before Willy Wonka closes its doors in 2017. You can book tickets through us here.


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