The hit musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will be holding a special Gala performance in aid of BBC Children in Need on Thursday 7th November 2013.
The evening will be hosted by BBC Radio 2’s Sir Terry Wogan. A host of BBC Radio 2 DJs and celebrity friends will be in attendance, and as well as enjoying the regular performance of the show, theatre goers will be able to upgrade their tickets to include a very special VIP experience.
We’ve all grown up with Roald Dahl’s story of Charlie Bucket, so to link the musical with Children in Need is the perfect combination. We know how it goes – Charlie finds a golden ticket giving entry 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.
The deliciously dark tale of young Charlie and the mysterious confectioner Willy Wonka comes to life on the stage, under the direction of Academy Award winner Sam Mendes. Featuring ingenious stagecraft, the wonder of the original story that has captivated the world for almost 50 years is brought to life with music by Marc Shaiman, and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman (Grammy winners for Hairspray; Smash).
Olivier and Tony Award-winning actor Douglas Hodge plays Willy Wonka alongside Nigel Planer as Grandpa Joe, Clive Carter as Mr Salt, Jasna Ivir as Mrs Gloop, Paul J Medford as Mr Beauregarde, Iris Roberts as Mrs Teavee and Billy Boyle as Grandpa George.
Tickets for the special Gala performance are on sale now via the BBC Radio 2 website. CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY is at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London. Further information is available at www.charlieandthechocolatefactory.com