Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at Theatre Royal Drury Lane tickets
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at Theatre Royal Drury Lane tickets

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Overview

Hollywood Director, Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall), directed for the stage once again as he brought to life Willy Wonka’s marvellous chocolate factory for a live audience in an all singing, all dancing production.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is the inspiring tale of Charlie Bucket, a young boy living on the breadline who dreams of delicious Wonka bars and visiting the famous factory in which they are made. All of Charlie’s hopes and dreams look set to come true when Willy Wonka decides to open up his sweet house of wonders to the public. That is if he is able to find one of his illusive golden tickets, hidden within 5 chocolate bars across the world. Will Charlie be one of the lucky few and get to experience a life of luxury and indulgence for the first time in his life? Or, more importantly, will his dreams live up to expectations when he is finally able to fulfil them?

Including the much loved song “Pure Imagination,” from the film of the same name, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory also contained an otherwise entirely original score by Tony Award winners Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman. Stand out musical numbers include “It Must Be Believed to Be Seen,” and “The Double Bubble Duchess” which had audiences foot tapping in their seats.

Recommended for

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is fun for all of the family and will inspire the sweet obsessed child in all of us! Please note that the Theatre Royal Drury Lane does not allow children under the age of 5 in the theatre.

Age Recommendations: Recommended for children 7+

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Opened: 22 May 2013
Press night: 25 Jun 2013
Booking from: 06 Jan 2017
Booking until: 07 Jan 2017

Location and map

Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Catherine Street
London, WC2B 5JF

311 Reviews Add review

It seemed as though the creators of the show saw Matilda and thought they could recreate its magic with another Dahl favourite - n... More

lauraesme 4' 11", 24 reviews, 0 helpful votes

It seemed as though the creators of the show saw Matilda and thought they could recreate its magic with another Dahl favourite - not how it works I'm afraid. Charlie was a good show, and Ewan Rutherford was especially talented as the eponymous character, but it just can't live up to Matilda - which is undoubtedly what it will be compared to for as long as the two run together. The scenic design was okay, costume design was flawless, some songs were catchy, others slow. Charlie works well as a book and as films due to the large amounts of different sweets and machines and inventions that the characters can interact with - this cannot translate well enough to a stage show without audience members feeling a little uninvolved, and the story doesn't have enough plot to move it along well. It's either too rushed, or too slow, no middle ground. However, I am considering returning for the final performance in January, despite not necessarily wanting to go back aside from that.

lauraesme 4' 11", 24 reviews, 0 helpful votes

This show suffers from the fact that it is preceded by 2 big film adaptations of the already famous book. The show therefore feels... More

gdeacon95 6'1, 64 reviews, 7 helpful votes

This show suffers from the fact that it is preceded by 2 big film adaptations of the already famous book. The show therefore feels it has little to offer to the story in terms of originality, so you don't exactly leave the theatre feeling you've just witnessed something new and exciting. That being said, what it does offer is a stunning set with brilliant music by Marc Shaiman (Hairspray), and a top notch bunch of actors with some great choreography (I'm thinking the oompa-loompas). The show is enjoyable and a fun time out - well worth watching whilst it lasts.

gdeacon95 6'1, 64 reviews, 7 helpful votes

If I could give the show 3.5 stars, I would. The performances are good, with a fantastic Wonka and Charlie bringing buckets of cha... More

willalexstewart 6"2, 11 reviews, 0 helpful votes

If I could give the show 3.5 stars, I would. The performances are good, with a fantastic Wonka and Charlie bringing buckets of charisma. However, the only truly breathtaking performance came from Augustus Gloop who was the funniest child actor I've ever seen. I'm a big fan of the old Gene Wilder flick, so I was a little miffed not to hear 'I've Got A Golden Ticket' or 'Cheer Up Charlie'. However their replacements were OK-ish and we hear 'Pure Imagination' at the end; kudos to the writers for including it. The set is spectacular and the magic is very convincing, with the exception of the flying glass elevator which you can figure out if you are at all familiar with window cleaning methods on tall buildings. Overall, see if you can; it's pretty sweet.

willalexstewart 6"2, 11 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I enjoyed the show. You cannot compare it to Matilda as it's a fun show its it's own right. We caught it on closing night... bril... More

katrobson79 5ft 5, 28 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I enjoyed the show. You cannot compare it to Matilda as it's a fun show its it's own right. We caught it on closing night... brilliant eglffects brilliant dancing acting etc. The first half is quiet less entertaining but it's good. Second hand willy wonky comes up by the composer section climbs over the stage and walks by the first row of the audience. The umpa lump as walked down the aisles too. Willy wonky is a fun actor. Umpa lump as performed brilliantly. Negatives... people are so selfish and rude. A family behind us talked none stop translating it from English to whatever.... not quietly so I and another member asked him to ssh.. he didn't. So for the majority of the quieter scenes we missed it. Then at the stage door... my daughter was pulled shoved stamped on etc and she's 10 and disabled. She wanted to walk to the stage door and ppl are so horrible they should be ashamed of themselves

katrobson79 5ft 5, 28 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a good production for all ages and is an excellent portrayal of the story. The set and costum... More

dhaliwala 5"3, 104 reviews, 10 helpful votes

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a good production for all ages and is an excellent portrayal of the story. The set and costumes are very well designed, particularly those for the Oompa Loompas. There is also good use of special effects in the show. This is one to watch, especially if like me, you enjoyed the book and the films as a kid.

dhaliwala 5"3, 104 reviews, 10 helpful votes

I really didn't like this show at all. I thought that set and technology wise the show was incredible. There seemed to be a huge e... More

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 3 helpful votes

I really didn't like this show at all. I thought that set and technology wise the show was incredible. There seemed to be a huge emphasis on getting the show to look spectacular - which it really did. Unfortunately I think this meant the rest of the production seemed to lack something. I really didn't enjoy the music it just irritated me and the character of Mike TV was just dreadful. I think the actors did well - especially as the show I saw had some technical issues with Augustus Gloop getting stuck in the shoot and Oompa Loopas getting held mid way in the air. So maybe the disruption in the show and having to wait 10 mins for it restart didn't help but the situation was handled well. The show just wasn't for me!

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 3 helpful votes

Sadly I collapsed in London during the day and was unable to attend. We're desperate to all come back this summer. My 6 year old a... More

sarahcardwell 1 review, 0 helpful votes

Sadly I collapsed in London during the day and was unable to attend. We're desperate to all come back this summer. My 6 year old and husbands first ever theatre visit, arrived late but watched in the bar. They were mesmerised and said it was the best thing they have ever seen. My daughter cried and laughed and hasn't stopped telling me all about it. She couldn't believe the dancing, the effects, the atmosphere. She said she was sad I missed it and wants to use her birthday money to take me. We will be back as all 4 of us to watch it.

sarahcardwell 1 review, 0 helpful votes

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a good production for all ages and is an excellent portrayal of the story. The set and costum... More

dhaliwala 5"3, 104 reviews, 10 helpful votes

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a good production for all ages and is an excellent portrayal of the story. The set and costumes are very well designed, particularly those for the Oompa Loompas. There is also good use of special effects in the show.

dhaliwala 5"3, 104 reviews, 10 helpful votes

The show was great, deal together somewhat be special effects and detracted from a little by shouty child actors (not Charlie who ... More

barnabywheller 1 review, 0 helpful votes

The show was great, deal together somewhat be special effects and detracted from a little by shouty child actors (not Charlie who was good but some of the others took their character faults a bit too far). Overall worth seeing (but not sure it's worth the money to see it here, especially as in the "cheap Seats" you lose most of the thrill of the theatre atmosphere that is where a lot of the value comes from. Come on, open the stair case that must have been there with these seats were installed so people do not have to go in and out through nothing more than a fire escape.

barnabywheller 1 review, 0 helpful votes