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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical to open in London

  • A new musical based on Roald Dahl's novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is to open in London’s West End next year.

    Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes will direct the show, which is set to premiere on June 23.

    Dahl's 1964 book tells the story of a poor young boy who wins the chance to explore a magical candy factory.

    It is not yet known who will play eccentric factory owner Willy Wonka, previously portrayed on film by Gene Wilder in 1971 and Johnny Depp in 2005.

    Mark Shaiman and Scott Wittman, the award-winning team behind the musical Hairspray and US TV series Smash, will pen the songs.

    Scottish playwright David Greig will serve as scriptwriter while Peter Darling, who recently won an Olivier for his work on Matilda the Musical, will provide the choreography.