Charlie And The Chocolate FactoryDuration 2h30

Drury Lane, Theatre Royal, Catherine Street, London, United Kingdom, WC2B 5JF

Roald Dahl’s deliciously dark tale of young Charlie Bucket and the mysterious confectioner Willy Wonka, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory is brought to the stage in a brand new West End family musical directed by Oscar winner Sam Mendes.

When Charlie wins a golden ticket to the weird and wonderful Wonka Chocolate Factory, it’s the chance of a lifetime to feast on the sweets he’s always dreamed of. But beyond the gates astonishment awaits, as down the sugary corridors and amongst the incredible edible delights, the five lucky winners discover not everything is as sweet as it seems.

Jonathan Slinger follows in the footsteps of Douglas Hodge and Alex Jennings to lead the cast of this marshmallow-tastic musical, playing the enigmatic, reclusive chocolateer.

Featuring ingenious stagecraft, the much loved story is brought to life by the musical team of Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman who worked together on Grammy winners for Hairspray and hit TV show Smash, and playwright and adaptor David Greig, whose previous productions include The Bacchae and Tintin In Tibet. The show’s choreography comes from two-time Olivier Award winner Peter Darling (Billy Elliot The Musical; Matilda The Musical).

A chocolate garden, an army of squirrels and the curiously peculiar Oompa-Loompas must be believed to be seen in this spectacular new musical that is choc-full of fantastical treats.

Cast & Creatives

Jonathan Slinger, Barry James, Clive Carter, Jasna Ivir, Paul J Medford, Josefina Gabrielle, Billy Boyle, Roni Page, Myra Sands, Joe Allen, David Birch, Michelle Bishop, Kirsty Malpass, Ross Dawes, Nia Fisher, Kate Graham, Derek Hagen, Clare Halse, Mark Iles, Daniel Ioannou, Kieran Jae, Mireia Mambo Bokele, Natalie Moore-Williams, Sherrie Pennington, Damien Poole, Antony Reed, Paul Saunders, Richard Dempsey, Alex Louize Bird, Simon Campbell, Matthew Clark, Jennifer Davison, Jane McMurtrie, Jay Webb
Based on the Roald Dahl story
Sam Mendes
Music by
Marc Shaiman
Lyrics by
Scott Wittman, Marc Shaiman
Book by
David Greig
Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Neal Street Productions and Kevin McCormick
Peter Darling
Mark Thompson
Set Designer
Mark Thompson

Drury Lane, Theatre Royal

Catherine Street, London, United Kingdom, WC2B 5JF
0844 858 8877 (Calls cost 6p per min plus your telephone company's network access charge)
Official site
Nearest tube
Covent Garden (250m)
Nearest bus
1, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 26, 29, 59, 68, 76, 77A, 91, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 243, 341, 521, RVI (terminus outside theatre)
Nearest train
Charing Cross (625m)

50% off parking when you park at Q-Park Chinatown. Single yellow lines on Russell Street.  Taxi rank at Covent Garden Piazza end of Russell Street.

This venue accepts Theatre Tokens

Access information

How to book
Tel: 0844 412 4648 (Calls cost 6p per min plus your telephone company's network access charge) / Minicom: 020 7494 5475
Discounts available for all disabled people and their companions.
Limited mobility
All of row K and C1, C29, D1 & D33 in the Stalls have the most leg room.
Access description
6 steps up to front entrance through swing doors into main foyer and Box Office. Box Office counter to right. 20 steps down then 17 up to Stalls with handrails on both sides, 39 to Dress Circle with a handrail on the right, 61 to Upper Circle with a handrail on both sides. Top stair of each group is highlighted.
Hearing impaired
Infra-red system with 10 headsets. Best reception in centre Stalls and centre Circle. Headsets available from duty manager in main foyer. Induction loop at Box Office.
Guide dogs policy
Guide dogs not allowed into the auditorium but theatre staff can look after them in an office.
Entrance to theatre through signposted door on Russell Street which leads into the left of the Stalls. The door has a bell on the outside. 4 spaces for wheelchairs users, L1 and 35 and K1 and 35, companions can sit in the same row. Transfer seating to aisle seats, wheelchairs can be stored in the Stalls store room (maximum of 2 scooter transferees).
No steps to men’s from Stalls. Further toilets at Stalls and Grand Circle.
Disabled toilets
Adapted toilet to the left inside Russell Street entrance, beside the Stalls.
6 licensed bars. Stalls bar 17 steps down from the Stalls - some seating, fairly large. Further bars at Dress Circle, Upper Circle and Balcony.
This venue accepts Theatre Tokens