Jonathan Slinger in Charlie And The Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Stage and Screen Actor Taking on the Roald Dahl Adaptation in the West End from May 2015
Sam Mendes’ production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory continues to draw in the crowds at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, with audiences keen to catch up with the iconic characters created by Roald Dahl in the classic book of the same name.
It has now been announced that the show will get a refresh from May when a new actor takes on the significant role of Willy Wonka. The part is currently played by Alex Jennings and he is set to continue until the summer when Jonathan Slinger takes over, following in the footsteps of well known names like Douglas Hodge (the originator of the role in the West End), Johnny Depp (in the relatively recent big screen version) and Gene Wilder (in the classic film Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory).
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory follows the titular character as he attempts to find a golden ticket in one of Willy Wonka’s chocolate bars, which ultimately grants him a special tour of the eccentric man’s mysterious chocolate factory. Whilst there he meets Oompa Loompas and witnesses a range of wacky contraptions.
Jonathan Slinger has appeared in various roles in and around the capital over the years, from Richard III for the Royal Shakespeare Company to Urinetown the Musical at the Apollo Theatre, and as a result will offer a familiar face to those picking up theatre tickets and heading to the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. For those unfamiliar with his stage work they might also recognise him from his appearances on television in the likes of The Bill, Paradox and Doctors, plus the film A Knight’s Tale.
The production is well known for being directed by Sam Mendes, himself best known for his big screen work that includes American Beauty and Jarhead, plus the James Bond films Skyfall and (the upcoming) Spectre.
Audiences can catch Jonathan Slinger as Willy Wonka in Charlie And The Chocolate Factory from Monday 4th May 2015. The production is currently booking at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane until Saturday 4th June 2016.