West End Review: Charlie & the Chocolate Factory – Last chance to see it before it leaves London!
- Published on Friday, 16 September 2016 14:59
- Last Updated on 16 September 2016
- Monica Costa
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This week on Roald Dahl’s Day I took my ten year old son and a friend to see the West End musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for the third time. With so much to do in London I rarely go and see the same show twice and certainly never three times. But this one is everybody’s absolute favourite and we did want to see it one more time before it leaves London early next year.
It’s not just the incredible special effects that WOWed us once again, but also the music and the storytelling. The stage version reminded me more of the Johnny Depp’s movie interpretation of Roald Dahl’s classic story then the 70s film with Gene Wilder. The musical however is so spectacular and manages to bring to life all those characters we love from the book in a way that no other film or show has ever done before.
The use of modern technology really impressed us all as it’s been done in a way that does not distract you from the story. It was a risky approach by director Sam Mendes because it is very difficult to please so many audiences when telling a classic story that everyone imagines in his particular way. So the balance of technology used for special effects and live music is just perfect in this show and enhances the story and its colourful characters.
The trailer on You Tube does not give justice to the beauty of the vibrant backdrops and the choreography of the show. It has to be seen in the theatre. But here is a mild taster of what it is:
Sam Mendes is best known for directing American Beauty (1999) – which earned him the Academy and Golden Globe Award for Best Director, the crime film Road to Perdition (2002), and the James Bond movie Skyfall (2012). But he is also known for dark re-inventions of the stage musicals Cabaret (1994), Oliver! (1994), Company (1996), and Gypsy (2003).
For school children it is the perfect stage musical especially after they have read Roald Dahl’s novel. Once the kids know the characters well, they appreciate the show even more as they are not focused on the story ending and they can enjoy the way the story is brought to life in an original way.
Venue: Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London, WC2B 5JF
The Box Office number is 0844 858 8877.
Nine year old Amelie star Rating: 10/10
Watch her vlog and read Amelie’s handwritten review of this amazing musical!
Can you imagine your grandparents sleeping all tight together feet against feet as in Roald Dahl’s Chocolate Factory musical, being swallowed by the creepy stage?
Have you ever fantasised floating in a transparent elevator and being carried all over the audience without seeing any trace of rope to lead them around? Would you ever expect Augustus Gloop, the funny and chocolate – greedy friend, to be sucked, suspended and squeezed into a giantormous tube?
Well, dear friends, you won’t believe it but all this happens in this gobsmacking, hilarious and sensational show.
The official trailer
If you are a big fan of the book, check out this article:
Last but not least watching the show made us want to eat lots of chocolate.
Luckily lots of Wonka branded bars were at hand – we loved the Millionaires’ shortbread type in particular!
Go and watch the show live, it’s totally worth it!
You can find discounted theatre tickets from our special offers page here:
Images Credits: Helen Maybanks, David Jensen
Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums