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Alex Jennings in Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

Tuesday, 18th Feb 2014  

The Popular West End Actor Replacing Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka in Sam Mendes’ Production

It’s been a while since Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was in the news, with booking extensions the only time it has made headlines in recent months, but now a major casting change is to take place and it will see Douglas Hodge step down from his role as Willy Wonka. As such someone else will step into the iconic role and it has been announced as West End and screen regular Alex Jennings.

Charlie And The Chocolate Factory is based on Roald Dahl’s book of the same name and is directed for the stage by theatre and film director Sam Mendes, well known for directing the recent James Bond movie Skyfall. It follows the eponymous Charlie as he discovers a golden ticket in his chocolate bar, which grants him – along with others – a tour of Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory. Along the way he sees an array of bizarre contraptions and workers known as Oompa Loompas.

Musical numbers include The Amazing Tale Of Mr Willy Wonka, The Double Bubble Duchess, Auf Wiedersehen Augustus Gloop and Pure Imagination, among others.

Alex Jennings has appeared in a wealth of stage shows over the years, allowing him to become one of the country’s most renowned actors. He earned Laurence Olivier Awards for My Fair Lady at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in 2003, Peer Gynt for the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1996 and Too Clever By Half at the Old Vic Theatre in 1988. Beyond these roles he has appeared in numerous productions for the National Theatre, including The Habit Of Art at the Lyttelton Theatre in 2009, and has made his way to the screen in movies like The Queen (as Prince Charles) and television series like Silk and Whitechapel.

Charlie And The Chocolate Factory opened at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane last year and has proven to be highly popular for the West End. Douglas Hodge currently remains in teh role of Willy Wonka but he steps down in May, with Jennings performing in the part for the first time on Monday 19th May 2014. The production is currently booking to Saturday 30th May 2015.

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