Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – The Musical

November 15, 2016

Back in June 2013 Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – The Musical was released in the West End. From the moment I heard about the show I knew it was something that I had to go and watch. Now in the fourth and final year, I knew that time was running out for me to head to London to see production for myself.

With Roo celebrating her 10th birthday at the beginning of the month, it seemed the perfect time to enjoy the show with a big trip to London. With Tigger also celebrating his 6th birthday, it was a double celebration, plus it meant that I was finally getting to see the musical.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – The Musical

Located at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane the show is housed in a spectacular building that has been delighting West End visitors for over a century. Owned by Andrew Lloyd Webber the theatre has housed many amazing productions including Oliver! Lord of the Rings and Shrek!.

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As I booked the tickets for the three of us along with Magic Nanny and Charlie I was aware that Tigger was at the lower end of the age advisory limit. With the show’s producers recommending that the show is suitable for ages 6 and up. With Tigger loving the two Charlie and the Chocolate Factory films I hoped that he would also love the musical.

As we took our seats in the amazing beauty of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, we waited with excitement for the curtain to go up. The lights dimmed, the curtain rose and I was caught between catching the look on the children’s faces and the amazing production that was unfolding in front of me.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory - The Musical

ROALD DAHL‘s deliciously dark tale of young Charlie Bucket and the mysterious confectioner Willy Wonka comes to life in this Olivier® Award-winning West End musical directed by Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes.

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.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Boo Roo and Tigger Too’s thoughts…

I hardly know how to express what we thought of the show, it was spectacular! From the moment it started until the moment the final curtain came down. The stagecraft, the music, the choreography, the set design, the costumes – everything was simply perfect. Having read and enjoyed the book many, many times as a child I was aware that the films depicted it differently. However, the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – The Musical production was a happy medium between the book and films that we all know and love. 

Whilst I knew that Roo and Charlie would enjoy the production, I had my reservations about Tigger being just 6 years old. I need not have concerned myself, he was enthralled in the production. As the tall gentleman in front of moved from side to side, as did Tigger, as he didn’t want to miss a second of the show. Laughing and giggling along as the storyline unfolded, marvelling at the sparkle cannons cascading purple glitter over the audience.

I’ve been lucky enough to see a couple of West End shows and I have to say that this has to be my favourite one. The whole production was outstanding. With my favourite part being when they enter the Great Glass Elevator and Willy Wonka sings ‘Pure Imagination’… Come with me, and you’ll be in a world of pure imagination – amazing!

Catch it before it goes

If you have the opportunity to see it before it leaves the Theatre Royal Drury Lane then please do. You won’t be disappointed!

Tickets are available via the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – The Musical site or by calling the box office on 0844 858 8877

Disclosure: We received complimentary tickets for the show FOC for the purpose of review

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  • Jayne November 15, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    Oh wow, this looks brilliant! My 6 year old little boy absolutely loves Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, as do I 🙂
    Glad you had a fab time x

  • five little doves November 15, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    We watched this back in April and we absolutely LOVED It!!!! I would go again ten times over, it’s amazing!

  • Lyndsey O'Halloran November 15, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    It looks like a really magical show. I’d love to go.

  • clairejustine November 16, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    Oh wow, by the looks of these pictures I can imagine it being great. I would love to go and see this. It was a favourite film of mine growing up 🙂

  • Rachel George, Ordinary Hopes November 16, 2016 at 11:39 pm

    I would love to see this! Theatre is just the best experience but is really difficult with my little boy dipped to his need for hoists in a toilet. I am jealous that you have seen it!

  • jolene November 17, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    i have a little 7-year-old friend who went to this and just loved it… i was a but jealous when she was telling me about it.. looks amazballs

  • Natasha Mairs November 17, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    My kids really love Charlie and the chocolate factory, both the old version and the new version of the film. They would love to see the musical of it

  • Jordanne November 17, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    This sounds amazing! And what a wonderful celebration. I would love to see this as I was obsessed with the movie when I was younger. Sounds amazing.

    Jordanne ||

  • Anna Fraser November 18, 2016 at 11:42 am

    Oh my goodness, I really want to take my family to see this. I had no idea it was coming to the end of its run … I must hurry up and book!
    Great post, I found it particularly interesting as my youngest is 5, so it was useful to read your thoughts. Thank you, Anna x

  • Nell (the Pigeon Pair and Me) December 2, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    This sounds like such an incredible performance. We really need to see it before it closes! This review would be perfect for my #CulturedKids linky, live on the blog today. I’d be absolutely delighted if you wanted to join in! xx

  • Nell (the Pigeon Pair and Me) December 4, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    Thanks ever so much for joining in with #CulturedKids, Sarah! Lovely to have you. The code for the badge is on the linky post – just let me know if you have any problems adding it (a text link-up’s fine, too). I’m just scheduling my shares of this post now….xxx

    • Boo December 4, 2016 at 9:34 pm

      Thank you, I’ve just added the badge

  • Louise Fairweather December 13, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    Oh I am so glad you enjoyed it, I have heard such mixed reviews about the show it actually put me off booking tickets. #culturedkids

  • Sarah Christie January 6, 2017 at 10:23 am

    I saw it on Monday as one f my best friends sons plays Mike Teevee it was incredible so much better than I ever imagined the set was amazing such a wonderful show. There is nothing better than seeing a show is there?

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