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Booking Period

Show Opened

22nd May 2013

Running Time

2 hours 30 minutes

Age Restrictions

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is recommended for a general audience. The show is suitable for children aged 6 and over. All persons entering the theatre, regardless of age, must have a ticket. Babes-in-arms will not be admitted. All children must be old enough to occupy their own seats.

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What's it all about?

Nominated for Best New Musical at the 2014 Olivier Awards

You're in for a real treat. It's been one of the nation's favourite books for half a century, and now Roald Dahl's deliciously dark tale of young Charlie Bucket and the mysterious confectioner Mr Willy Wonka has come to life in a brand new West End musical directed by Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes.

A chocolate garden, an army of squirrels and the curiously peculiar Oompa-Loompas must be believed to be seen in this spectacular new musical that's choc-full of fantastical treats to dazzle your senses.

What's the story?

Mr. Willy Wonka, the eccentric owner of the greatest chocolate factory in the world, has decided to open the doors of the factory to five lucky children and their parents for one day only.

To determine who will be given this chance of a lifetime, Wonka hides five golden tickets under the wrappers of his famous chocolate bars. The search for the tickets is fast and furious. Dirt-poor but decent, young Charlie Bucket lives in a tiny house with his mum, dad and grandparents. Against all odds, he finds the final golden ticket. 

With ticket clasped tightly in hand, Charlie and his Grandpa Joe head out on a spectacular adventure that takes them into Wonka's incredible chocolate factory and beyond their wildest imaginings.

Who's in it?

Jonathan Slinger, as Willy Wonka, continues his celebrated performance, as do the principal cast members: Barry James as Grandpa Joe, Ross Dawes as Mr Salt, Josefina Gabrielle as Mrs Teavee, Jasna Ivir as Mrs Gloop, Paul J Medford as Mr Beauregarde, Claire Carrie as Grandma Josephine, Lara Denning as Mrs Bucket, Myra Sands as Grandma Georgina and Kraig Thornber as Grandpa George. Chris Grahamson joins the cast as Mr Bucket. 

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is directed by 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, a book by award-winning playwright and adaptor David Greig, set and costume designs by Mark Thompson (Mamma Mia!;One Man, Two Guvnors) and choreography is by Peter Darling (Billy ElliotMatilda).

Joining the ensemble are Alexander Bartles, Lisa Bridge,Melanie Brown, Helen Colby, Ashley Cooper, Alastair Crosswell, Katrina Dix,Ryan Gover, Rebecca Hodge,Peter Houston, Thomas Inge, Mikey Jay-Heath, Joanne McShane, Ben Redfern, Ainsley Hall Ricketts, Johnathan Tweedie.

Who is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory suitable for?

Generations of children have grown up loving Roald Dahl's timeless story. And even if you haven't read the book, there's a good chance you'll be familiar with either Mel Stuart's or Tim Burton's big-screen versions.

Regardless of how you've enjoyed it previously, this lavish new rendition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory gets you requainted with all your favourite characters and episodes from Dahl's masterwork at the same time as making them seem new, fresh and fantastic.

Grown-ups and children alike will be wide-eyed with wonderment, but please be advised that the show includes some slighty scary scenes that make it unsuitable for children under 7 years.

Why book with us? is your online box office for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory tickets, and your one-stop theatre ticket shop for the best seats in the West End. Count on us to provide great service and great discount deals on theatre tickets for all of the plays, comedies and musicals on the London stage. We hope your trip to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane is a memorable one, and we look forward to welcoming you to Theatreland.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory reviews - staff

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is an exciting and delightful production, full of fantastic surprises and magic moments. The extraordinary set and wonderful costumes really add to make an overall spectacular production! 


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will appeal to all ages, with the well-known story of Charlie Bucket told with outstanding sets, an excellent cast, comical script and a well written score. The show, performed in one of London’s biggest theatres, is enjoyable from start to finish. A must see for everyone!


A magical musical that is great for any age.


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Is anything more spine-tingling than hearing the audience murmur drop to a hush and seeing the house lights go down? Can anything beat the thrill of watching the actors emerge from the wings, ready to give the performance of a lifetime?

At we love these moments more than anything, and we want you to enjoy your live theatre experience just as much.

To get you in the mood for your visit to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, we’ve prepared this gorgeous gallery of images from the show for your perusal and pleasure. It’s a pre-show peek at the West End cast and key elements of the production that’s sure to up your anticipation for the real thing.

These images are from the current production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. It’s the story of little Charlie Bucket, who is one of five lucky children find golden tickets which give them access to a magical tour of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.

Director Sam Mendes began his campaign to bring Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to the stage 25 years ago but only obtained stage rights to the show in 2007. Based on Roald Dahl’s 1964 novel, the production has created a particular buzz for its spectacular special effects.

Whether you’ve already booked your seats for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory through us or you’re still making up your mind, we hope this gallery gives you a feeling for the essence of the show. We know where we’d like to be next time the curtain goes up at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Perhaps we’ll see you there.

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The smell of the greasepaint and the roar of the crowd is what theatre’s all about. It may be a cliché but we bet it’s true for you too. There’s nothing like being there. That said, we know that a trip to the theatre can be a big commitment in terms of preparation and travel.

Check out our video sampler of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, currently playing at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in the West End. It can’t give you the in-the-moment, large-as-life buzz of the real deal. But it’s the best way to get a taste of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory before you book your seat.

Based on Roald Dahl’s novel, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory tells the famous tale of young Charlie Bucket who finds a golden ticket that gives him access to Willy Wonka’s magical Chocolate Factory along with four other kids.

Directed by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes, the show has attracted particular attention for its inventive sets and awe-inspiring special effects. The production stars Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka, who has said his portrayal of the enigmatic sweetmaker was influenced by a host of inspirations including David Bowie, French writer Proust and Radiohead’s Thom Yorke.

We hope you enjoy this peek at the current London production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. For further information and to book a seat, click on the relevant section above or at the sides of this page.

Did You Know?

Roald Dahl is among the most famous and best-loved chldren's authors of all time - the many stories he wrote for adults notwithstanding. 

Like many writers whose strangest ideas may strike readers as so odd that they must have been inspired by very peculiar dreams, Dahl in fact took inspiration for his stories from quite everyday things, 'strangeing them up' later on the page.

Such was the case with his 1964 novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which was based on his real-life experience of chocolate companies when he was at school. 

In the 1920s, when Dahl was growing up, it was common practise for the Cadbury chocolate company to send chocolate samples to schoolchildren in exchange for opinions about the products. 

Cadbury and Rowntree's were then the two biggest chocolate makers in England, and regularly sent undercover spies into each other's factories in pursuit of trade secrets. As a result both companies became protective to the point of paranoia about their chocolate manufacturing processes. 

Recalling in adulthood this unlikely-seeming degree of secrecy and the huge chocolate-making machines in the Cadbury and Rowntrees factories, Dahl took to his typewriter and breathed life into the remarkable Willy Wonka.

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