Sam Mendes and the team for Skyfall won big at Jameson's Empire awards at the weekend and now Mendes is moving on to the challenging role of directing a new musical on the West End based on a novel by beloved author Roald Dahl. Sure a musical version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has been done before on film but will Mendes be able to transfer a new musical from a new book and lyrics successfully to the stage?
Will it be the golden ticket to the West End? If the teaser trailers anything to go by... well... I'm not quite sure! It looks magical enough... right?
Check out the teaser trailer and press release below!
The official video trailer has been released today for the world premiere stage production of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which stars Olivier and Tony Award®-winning actor Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka and is directed by Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes.
The producers of the show – Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Neal Street Productions and Kevin McCormick - also announced that an extra performance would be added to the start of the run, so the show will now have its first preview on Friday 17thMay 2013.
The first images of rehearsals have also been made public, showing Sam Mendes working with Douglas Hodge and other members of the company.
Tickets for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are on sale for performances from 17thMay 2013 until the end of the current booking period on Saturday 30thNovember 2013.
The new trailer can be viewed at www.charlieandthechocolatefactory.com.
Alongside Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka, 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, Roni Page as Grandma Josephine and Myra Sands as Grandma Georgina.
Other cast will include Joe Allen, David Birch, Alex Louize Bird, Michelle Bishop, Matthew Clark, Alex Clatworthy, Jennifer Davison, Ross Dawes, Nia Fisher, Kate Graham, Derek Hagen, Clare Halse, Mark Iles, Daniel Ioannou, Kieran Jae, Mireia Mambo Bokele, Jane McMurtrie, Natalie Moore-Williams, Sherrie Pennington, Damien Poole, Antony Reed, Paul Saunders, Jack Shalloo and Jay Webb.
When Charlie wins a golden ticket to the weird and wonderful Wonka Chocolate Factory, it’s the chance of a lifetime to feast on the sweets he’s always dreamed of. But beyond the gates astonishment awaits, as down the sugary corridors, and amongst the incredible edible delights, the five lucky winners discover not everything is as sweet as it seems.
ROALD DAHL’s deliciously dark tale of young Charlie Bucket and the mysterious confectioner Willy Wonka comes to life in a brand new West End musical directed by Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes.
Featuring ingenious stagecraft, the wonder of the original story that has captivated the world for almost 50 years is brought to life with music by Marc Shaiman, and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman (Grammy® winners for Hairspray; Smash), a book by award-winning playwright and adaptor David Greig (Midsummer; Creditors; Tintin In Tibet), set and costume designs by Mark Thompson (Mamma Mia!; One Man, Two Guvnors) and choreography by Peter Darling (Billy Elliot; Matilda).
Douglas Hodge is a four time Olivier-nominated actor/director, who has worked at the National Theatre, the RSC, Shakespeare’s Globe and the Royal Court Theatre. On Broadway, he recently starred at the American Airlines Theatre in the title role of Cyrano de Bergerac, for the Roundabout Theatre Company. He won the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for his Broadway debut in La Cage Aux Folles, having already won the Olivier Award for the same performance in London. For ten years he worked closely with Harold Pinter, and he was Associate Director at the Donmar from 2007 to 2009. He has released two albums of his own compositions 'Cowley Road Songs' and 'Nightbus', and won the Stiles and Drewe 2012 Best New Song Award for ‘Powercut’. Alongside numerous television credits, his feature films include Vanity Fair, Robin Hood, the soon to be released Serena, and Diana – in which he plays Paul Burrell, butler to Diana, Princess of Wales.
This world premiere musical is produced by Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Neal Street Productions and Kevin McCormick.
Further information is available from the website: www.CharlieandtheChocolateFactory.com