Charlie And The Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Shrek The Musical Closes in February to Make Way for the Sam Mendes-Directed Production in May 2013
It has been announced this week that “Shrek the Musical” will be closing its doors at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in February and in its place “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” will appear from May. This is different from the previously-reported news that the latter show would be appearing at the London Palladium.
Sam Mendes is still set to direct the production, however, whilst Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman have penned new songs for David Greig’s book.
“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” is the famous story of the mysterious Willy Wonka, who runs a Chocolate Factory and hides behind its closed doors. That is until he announces an open day for one day and by invitation only; all the visitors have to do is land one of his golden tickets hidden inside his chocolate bars. When Charlie Bucket finds one, he and his Grandpa Joe venture the factory and witness all of its sweets, contraptions and the Oompa-Loompas.
The story has been famously adapted from Roald Dahl’s novel following two occasions in which it was taken to the big screen, one in the form of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” with Gene Wilder and the other being “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” with Johnny Depp.
This does mean, however, that we will have to say goodbye to “Shrek the Musical”, which transferred to the Theatre Royal Drury Lane last year after a successful run on Broadway. It had replaced another high profile production in “Oliver!” so it goes to show that the venue is going to continue its tradition of hosting much-talked-about musicals.
“Shrek the Musical” follows the eponymous green ogre as he sets out on a journey to save his home. However, in this world occupied by characters and locations from classic fairy tales he accidentally saves a beautiful princess and causes plenty of trouble for himself and his new sidekick Donkey.
It continues at the venue until 24th February 2013. Meanwhile, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” is at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane from 18th May 2013, with theatre tickets set to go on sale later in the year.