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Kraig Thornber in Charlie And The Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Friday, 10th Apr 2015  

Lara Denning and Mark Oxtoby also Added to the Cast List in the West End

One of the most talked-about musicals in the capital finds itself at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in the form of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Not only is it an adaptation of an acclaimed Roald Dahl book (much like Matilda The Musical at the Cambridge Theatre), it is also directed by the well known Sam Mendes, best known in recent years for his work with the James Bond film series (Skyfall and the upcoming Spectre).

But on this occasion it is the cast that brings it into the spotlight as the show announces new faces that will be taking to the stage. From May 2015 Kraig Thorber will be joining the cast as Grandpa George alongside Mark Oxtoby as Jerry and Lara Denning as Mrs Bucket.

Charlie And The Chocolate Factory is Roald Dahl’s classic story of the eponymous young boy who wins a golden tickets, granting him and his grandfather access to Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory. When they are there they are greeted by the eccentric man himself  and around his factory they see many imaginative contraptions, the Oompa Loompas and plenty of chocolate.

The musical will feature Jonathan Slinger as Willy Wonka from May and he follows in the footsteps of various well known names who have brought him to life, from Gene Wilder and Johnny Depp on the big screen to the current star of this production Alex Jennings.

Actor Kraig Thornber has appeared on both the stage and the screen and may be recognisable to those with theatre tickets from the likes of The Rocky Horror Show at the Duke of York’s Theatre, Return To the Forbidden Planet at the Cambridge Theatre and Oh, What A Lovely War at the National Theatre. His screen work, meanwhile, includes the Christopher Nolan film Inception, plus A Thing Called Love and The Bill.

The new cast joins Charlie And The Chocolate Factory on Monday 4th May 2015. The show is currently booking at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane to Saturday 4th June 2016. 

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