Charlie And The Chocolate Factory opening night

Last year, director Sam Mendes captivated cinema-goers with his 50th anniversary Bond movie, Skyfall.

Now, the Oscar winner is wowing West End theatre-goers with his stage version of Roald Dahl’s much-loved Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, superbly adapted by David Greig.

The mindblowingly and breathtakingly brilliant show opened last night at London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane and features fantastic performances from all the cast including Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka, Nigel Planer as Grandpa Joe, Tia Noakes as Veruca Salt, and Jack Costello as Charlie Bucket.


Dahl’s deliciously dark tale follows Charlie Bucket, one of 5 lucky winners of a golden ticket to the weird and wonderful Wonka Chocolate Factory where, as Charlie and his fellow winners find out, not everything is as sweet as it seems.

Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman have done a top-notch job with the show’s songs, while Mark Thompson’s set and costume design is a true visual feast.

We caught up with some of the guests attending opening night including Roald Dahl’s daughter Ophelia, Sherlock’s Andrew Scott, and Arrow star Colton Haynes. Check out the videos below to see what they had to say…

Ophelia Dahl tells us how excited she is about the opening night of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, why Sam Mendes is such a great director for this show, her memories of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory from her childhood, why she loves Grandpa Joe, and why Roald Dahl’s story is so timeless and universal:

Andrew Scott chats about seeing his friend Douglas Hodge on stage as Willy Wonka, identifying with Veruca Salt, not returning to TV’s Sherlock as Moriarty or as Moriarty’s brother for season 3, his upcoming films Locke with Tom Hardy and The Stag, Quentin Blake’s drawings in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and whether he’d like to be the 12th Doctor!

Colton Haynes, star of TV series Arrow, chats about why he’s excited about the opening night of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, what we can expect from season 2 of Arrow, why he’s so excited about joining the series full-time, what Roy will go through to better understand Oliver, Roy’s relationship with Thea, on-screen heartbreak, new DC Comic characters in season 2, and why he learned about DC Comics from his brother:

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