Charlie and the Chocolate Factory West End Musical Review

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory West End Musical Review

This is ROALD DAHL's deliciously dark tale of Charlie Bucket and the mysterious confectioner Willy Wonka now told in a fabulous West End musical.

When Charlie wins a golden ticket to the weird and wonderful Wonka Chocolate Factory, it's the chance of a lifetime to feast on the sweets he's always dreamed of. But beyond the gates astonishment awaits, as down the sugary corridors and amongst the incredible edible delights, the five lucky winners discover not everything is as sweet as it seems.

Walking into Theatre Royal’s foyer for the showing of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was like stepping into a colorful sweet shop, rows of Wonka bars and giant lollies everywhere!

I found my way to my seat which was in the Royal Circle 2 rows from the front, a perfect seat as a lot of the show is based quite high up and settled down for the show to begin. Within 10 minutes of the show starting I realised I had a smile on my face which actually stayed there all the way through the show and even on my way back to my apartment on the tube!

The show is just like the original film that we all know and love, the special effects and scenery were amazing, I am in awe of how the crew managed to capture this and portray it to the stage.

The sweet garden with the chocolate waterfall looked so colorful and inviting it’s no wonder Augustus Gloop was tempted!

The cast did a fantastic job and the kids played their parts brilliantly, I particularly loved Veruca Salt and her grimace and then of course there was the main man, the dark and mysterious Willy Wonka who was totally captivating.

I was surprised to see that the Oompa Loompas were adults and not children but again these parts were brilliantly played with fantastic costumes and sets giving the appearance of small people, very cleverly done and must be seen to be believed!

The finale of the show was of course the Wonkavator which not only took off upwards but went out over the audience as well and watch out for the twist and magical ending, I’m not saying any more!

This is a fantastic show full of fun, laughter, audience participation and even a couple of tears, a great one for the whole family although I do feel that a child wouldn’t appreciate the huge amount of work that must have gone into designing and creating the set and special effects.

Like the everlasting gobstopper I really didn’t want the show to end and when it did I wanted to see it all again!  


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