Charlie and The Chocolate Factory comes to Leeds Playhouse

Roald Dahl’s hit book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is being transformed into a family-friendly musical, premiering at Leeds Playhouse from 18th November 2022 – 28th January 2023.

Adapted from Dahl’s novel by David Greig, with music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Shaiman and Scott Wittman, this dazzling reinvention of the successful West End and Broadway musical will transport the show to mouth-watering new heights for audiences in Leeds.

For fans of the film, you won’t be disappointed as the scrumptious tale will feature all the best songs from the iconic 1970s film version!

James Brining, a simply fantastic director who’s directed some of Leeds Playhouse’s most spectacular Christmas shows, will take the helm on this one too. He says: “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is such a special story, loved by generations of children and their parents over almost 60 years. It’s fantastic to have the opportunity to revisit the successful West End and Broadway versions and create a new production for audiences here in Leeds. With memorable characters, well-loved songs and the iconic Willy Wonka at its heart, this is a golden opportunity to create an entertaining and uplifting show for the whole family.”

For those who don’t already know the story inside out, the show will follow young golden ticket winner Charlie Bucket and wild confectionary wizard Willy Wonka. When Charlie wins a golden ticket to the weird and wonderful Wonka Chocolate Factory, it’s a chance of a lifetime to feast on the sweets they have always dreamed of. But astonishment waits beyond the gates, where the enigmatic Willy Wonka guides the five lucky winners through the sugary corridors to the incredible and edible delights within, where they ultimately discover not everything is as sweet as it seems.

Treat yourself to a festive family adventure more satisfying than a Whipple-Scrumptious Fudge Mallow Delight. I’d recommend you grab your (golden) ticket now before it’s too late – Leeds Playhouse’s festive shows always sell loads of tickets in advance because they’re so brilliant!

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