As the new cast is announced today for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, it coincides with the Olivier Awards Nominations of which the SAM MENDES’ PRODUCTION is NOMINATED FOR SEVEN OLIVIER AWARDS!
Barry James, Josefina Gabrielle, Richard Dempsey and Kirsty Malpass will join the previously announced Alex Jennings (Willy Wonka) in the cast of the record-breaking West End production of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
At today’s Olivier Awards nomination announcement, it was revealed that Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is nominated for seven awards, in the following categories
MasterCard Best New Musical
Best Actor in a Musical (Douglas Hodge)
Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical (Nigel Planer)
Best Theatre Choreographer (Peter Darling)
XL Video Award for Best Set Design (Mark Thompson)
Best Costume Design (Mark Thompson)
White Light Award for Best Lighting Design (Paul Pyant)
New cast member Josefina Gabrielle was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical, for her performance in Merrily We Roll Along.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Royal Opera House on Sunday 13 April 2014.
In the new cast announced today, Barry James will play the role of Grandpa Joe. Josefina Gabrielle will play Mrs Teavee. Richard Dempsey and Kirsty Malpass will play Charlie’s parents Mr and Mrs Bucket.
Clive Carter (Mr Salt), Jasna Ivir (Mrs Gloop), Paul J Medford (Mr Beauregarde), Billy Boyle (Grandpa George), Roni Page (Grandma Josephine) and Myra Sands (Grandma Georgina) will all remain in the cast.
New ensemble members include: Dan Cooke, Divine Cresswell, Connor Dowling, Gemma Fuller, Robert Jones, Matthew Rowland, Rebecca Seale, Gregory Sims, Paulo Teixeira and Laura Tyrer.
The new cast members will have their first performance on Monday 19 May 2014.
Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has quickly become one of the West End’s most popular and successful stage musicals. It has broken West End box office records at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, where it has been seen by over half a million people since it opened in June 2013. It is currently taking bookings until 30 May 2015.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is directed by 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, a book by award-winning playwright and adaptor David Greig, set and costume designs by Mark Thompson and choreography by Peter Darling.
The Official Cast Recording album is available on Sony Records, on CD and download.
This world premiere musical is produced by Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Neal Street Productions and Langley Park Productions.
CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
Directed by Sam Mendes
Book by David Greig
Music by Marc Shaiman
Lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman
Set and costume design by Mark Thompson
Choreography by Peter Darling
New cast from 19th May 2014
Willy Wonka *Alex Jennings
Grandpa Joe *Barry James
Mr Salt Clive Carter
Mrs Teavee *Josefina Gabrielle
Mrs Gloop Jasna Ivir
Mr Beauregarde Paul J Medford
Grandpa George Billy Boyle
Mr Bucket *Richard Dempsey
Mrs Bucket *Kirsty Malpass
Grandma Josephine Roni Page
Grandma Georgina Myra Sands
Ensemble includes: Joe Allen, Alex Louize Bird, Simon Campbell, *Dan Cooke, *Divine Cresswell, Ross Dawes, *Connor Dowling, *Gemma Fuller, Nia Fisher, Kate Graham, Derek Hagen, Mark Iles, *Robert Jones, Natalie Moore-Williams, Ben Oliver, Antony Reed, *Matthew Rowland, *Rebecca Seale, *Gregory Sims, *Paulo Teixeira, Robert Tregoning and *Laura Tyrer.
*indicates new cast member
Further casting to be announced.
Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Evenings: Monday to Saturday 7.30pm
Matinees: Wednesday and Saturday 2.30pm