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Alex Jennings the new Willy Wonka in Charlie and The Chocolate Factory

Alex JenningsAlex Jennings will take over from Douglas Hodge to play Willy Wonka in the record-breaking West End production of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryJennings’ first performance will be on Monday 19th May 2014

Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has fast become one of the West End’s most popular and successful stage musicals. The show has broken 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, and currently booking until 30th May 2015.

Alex Jennings is the only performer to have won an Olivier Award in the Drama, Musical and Comedy categories, winning Best Actor for Peer Gynt (1996), Best Actor in a Musical for My Fair Lady (2003), and Best Comedy Performance for Too Clever By Half (1988). He is an Associate at the National Theatre and the RSC and has had a wide and wide-ranging career on stage, screen and radio. In 2008, he made his operatic debut in Bernstein’s Candide.

Alex Jennings’s credits at the National Theatre include Untold Stories (West End), The Habit of Art, Stuff Happens, The Winter’s Tale and The Relapse. He is an Associate Actor at the RSC, where his credits include Hamlet, Peer Gynt and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Other theatre includes The Liar, The Wild Duck, The Importance of Being Earnest, and The Country Wife. His screen career includes The Queen, Smiley’s People, Hancock and Joan and Cranford.

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
Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Running Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Age Restrictions: Recommended for ages 7+ (Under 5’s will not be admitted)

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