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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory invites applications for GOLDEN TICKET work placements

Charlie and The Chocolate FactoryApplications are now open for five ‘Golden Ticket’ week-long, paid work experience placements on Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, which will provide five people with a unique insight into the working world of theatre. What’s more, at the end of the week, the most promising candidate will be rewarded with a life-changing three-month paid placement as production intern, working alongside some of the most experienced people in the business.

The ‘Golden Ticket’ placements are part of Warner Bros. Creative Talent, a brand new programme of investment in skills and training for the creative industries.

Candidates should apply through the Time Warner Careers website:

The deadline for applications is 16th February.

Application process
Short-listed candidates will be invited to attend an assessment centre at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, home of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, on 7th March, where 5 candidates will be selected.  The chosen 5 candidates will each win a week’s paid work experience shadowing the team backstage at Charlie and Chocolate Factory. The most promising individual, with a proven passion for theatre, will be offered a 3 month paid internship gaining in depth experience backstage at the production.

Relevant dates:
Applications open: Monday 27th January
Applications close: Sunday 16th February
Assessment day: Friday 7th March
Week-long of placements: Mon 17th – Friday 21st March
Three month placement:  7th April – 28th June

Warner Bros. Creative Talent
Announced in 2013 at the inauguration of Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden by Their Royal Highnesses The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Warner Bros. Creative Talent is part of Warner Bros.’ long-term commitment to the UK’s creative industries, which has seen significant, recent investment in Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden; in TV production company, Shed Media; in leading video games companies Rocksteady Studios and TT Games; in Soho post-production house, De Lane Lea; in the West End musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; and in the award-winning visitor attraction, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter.

Warner Bros. Creative Talent builds upon Warner Bros.’ recent investments in education and training, which has seen the company become the single largest contributor to Creative Skillset’s Skills Investment Fund (SIF), investing over a £1million over the last nine years and hosting a range of educational classes reaching around 25,000 school children every year at its hugely popular Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter visitor attraction. The classes, inspired by the iconic Harry Potter movie series, introduce young people to the skills involved in the movie production process.

Moreover, for the last five years, Warner Bros. has also been the principal partner of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). The support provided since 2008 has enabled the Academy to develop a film, TV and radio division, helping to further its reputation as a centre of excellence for both stage and screen acting. Alongside scholarships, the continuing partnership will aim to equip future RADA students with the skills required for the latest generation of games and films. Working with Warner Bros.’ Rocksteady Studios, RADA students will develop key motion-capture and voice-over skills.

Each year, Warner Bros. runs a successful intern programme for over 40 students who spend a paid year with the company during their sandwich degree courses. To complement this established internship programme, twenty Year 10 students (aged 15-16) from schools local to the company’s central London HQ will be offered short-term work experience opportunities with Warner Bros.


  • Neil Cheesman

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