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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory heads to the West End

20th June 2012

A new stage adaptation of Roald Dahl's beloved tale Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is heading to the West End, with Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes behind the production.

Following the extraordinary success of Tim Minchin's Matilda: The Musical, which scooped a record-breaking seven gongs at the 2012 Olivier Awards, the decision has been made to adapt what is arguably Dahl's best known work.

The script for the stage version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is being written by Scottish playwright David Greig, with the choreography provided by Peter Darling, who picked up an Olivier Award for his work on Matilda: The Musical.

The songs will be created by Tony Award winners Mark Shaiman and Scott Wittman, who were behind the blockbuster musical Hairspray, and are expected to take inspiration from the two successful film adaptations of Dahl's book – 1971's Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and Tim Burton's 2005 version, which shared the same title as the novel.

Mendes will direct the musical, which is set to premiere on June 23rd 2013 at the London Palladium, though the director has yet to announce who has been cast as Willy Wonka - a character portrayed memorably by Gene Wilder and Johnny Depp in the films.

Tickets for the production will go on sale in October, with Mendes set to divert his attention to the adaptation after putting the finishing touches to the latest James Bond film, Skyfall.

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