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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical: Willy Wonka images released

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The first images of Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka have been released.

The Diana actor plays the eccentric factory owner in Sam Mendes's stage production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka

© Helen Maybanks

Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka



The musical opens at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London on June 25, having started previews on May 22.

Nigel Planer co-stars as Grandpa Joe, with Clive Carter as Mr Salt, Jasna Ivir as Mrs Gloop and Paul J Medford as Mr Beauregarde.

Also in the cast are Iris Roberts as Mrs Teavee and Myra Sands as Grandma Georgina.

Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka

© Helen Maybanks

Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka

© Helen Maybanks



David Greig wrote the musical, with Mendes saying that he was a "conscious choice" due to the "great simplicity in his writing voice" and "great innocence".

He also praised songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman for their "wit, wordplay and sense of irony" in writing the lyrics to the show's tracks.

Watch a teaser trailer for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory below:

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