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Carole King Musical Extends as Charlie And The Chocolate Factory Announces Closure

Thursday, 25th Feb 2016

Charlie and the Chocolate factory closure notice

It’s time once again to report on the recent changes to booking periods for some of the capital’s best known shows, this time with the announcement of a high profile closure in the process.

So whilst Beautiful: The Carole King Musical adds new dates at the Aldywch Theatre, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory reveals that January 2017 will mark the end of its run at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, with a US production announced at the same time.

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical does exactly what it says on the tin. It displays a musical telling the story of Carole King’s life in the spotlight, dealing with her ups and downs. Cassidy Janson currently portrays the well known performer whilst other performances are provided by Alan Morrissey, Ian McIntosh and Lorna Want, who play Gerry Goffin, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil respectively (all of these are real life people whose songs provide the musical numbers of the show).

Since it opened at the Aldwych Theatre last February it has proven to be a big success with audiences, ensuring its current extension and also earning it numerous Olivier Awards and nominations. So now audiences have more opportunities to see it as it takes bookings to Saturday 18th February 2017.

Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, meanwhile, has been in the capital much longer, with its year ahead not only proving to be its fourth but also its last as it announces its end date in January of 2017.

Based on the Roald Dahl book of the same name, the Sam Mendes-directed musical has been entertaining audiences at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and sees Jonathan Slinger take on the iconic role of Willy Wonka, with Barry James as Grandpa Joe.

In addition to the West End closure, their press release also reveals that a Broadway production is set to appear in New York this year, whilst audiences nationwide here in the UK will also get to see the show on a national tour.

For now, however, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory continues at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and is booking to Saturday 7th January 2017.

Chris Packer
Chris Packer Chris Packer has been writing about the West End for many years and wishes this knowledge would help him win some pub quizzes. When he’s not writing about the newest shows he’s probably watching films or anticipating the latest releases.