Kids are at the centre of Roald Dahl’s Charlie And The Chocolate Factory which is coming to the Capitol Theatre this week.
Sharing the role of Charlie Bucket are four children aged from nine to 13 years old, and Paul Slade Smith reprising his Broadway role of Willy Wonka, the world’s greatest chocolate maker.
Australian theatrical star Tony Sheldon is 90 and a half year old Grandpa Joe and Lucy Maunder from Matilda: The Musical is Mrs Bucket.
We all love Veruca Salt and fans will be thrilled with the casting of Karina Russell and Stephen Anderson as Mr Salt.
“We have found such a gloriously talented bunch of performers to create Charlie And The Chocolate Factory for Australia,” the producers said in a joint statement.
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory is Dahl’s most enduring story and is based on his own childhood experiences when as a schoolboy he and his friends were engaged as ‘taste testers’ for a chocolate company.
Being a musical it offers some of the best loved songs of the era including The Candy Man, I’ve Got A Golden Ticket and Pure Imagination and will feature a new score from the songwriters of Hairspray.
The production is listed among New South Wales’ major events for 2019 and it is expected that more than 76,000 visitor nights will be generated and that it will generate more than $37 million in revenue.
Get your own Golden Ticket to see this great new show.
Jan 5-Apr 14. Capitol Theatre, 13 Campbell St, Haymarket. $59.90-$215+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.charliethemusical.com.au
By John Moyle