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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, directed by Sam Mendes and starring Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka, will be one of two West End Roald Dahl adaptations when it opens at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in June 2013.

Tickets have gone on sale for the new musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which is due to open on 25th June 2013 at the West End’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

Directed by Sam Mendes, who recently completed work on the new Bond film Skyfall, the production will replace Shrek The Musical, with which it shares the Neal Street production company.

The musical will star Olivier and Tony Award-winning actor Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka. Hodge won an Olivier for his performance in La Cage aux Folles in 2009 and is currently on Broadway in a production of Cyrano de Bergerac.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory tells the story of the mysterious confectioner, Wonka, who is opening his magical Chocolate Factory for one day, and the humble boy Charlie Bucket who wins one of the golden tickets allowing entry.

The musical has a book by David Greig and new songs from Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, whose credits include the Tony Award-winning Hairspray.

Featuring ingenious puppetry and special effects to bring a chocolate garden, an army of squirrels and Wonka’s gang of Oompa-Loompas to life, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will be the second Roald Dahl adaptation playing in London, with the RSC’s multi award-winning Matilda the Musical continuing at the Cambridge Theatre.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will open on 25th June 2013 (with previews from 18th May) at the Theatre Royal, Drury lane, and is currently booking until the end of November 2013. Special rates are available for groups of 12 people or more. For further information, see this month’s listings.