West End's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Closing

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A U.K. tour and Broadway planned next.
A scene from the West End world premiere of Roald Dahl&#39;s <i>Charlie and the Chocolate Factory</i>, which starred Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka.
A scene from the West End world premiere of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which starred Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka. Helen Maybanks

Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has announced that it will shutter at the West End's Theatre Royal Drury Lane January 7, 2017. The producers have also announced that a Broadway production will open in New York in the 2016-2017 season and tickets for a U.K. tour will go on sale next year.

The show, which has a book by David Greig and score by Marc Shaiman (music, lyrics) and Scott Wittman (lyrics) and is directed by Sam Mendes, has been seen by over 1.8 million people since it opened in June 2013.It is now the third longest running musical to have played at Drury Lane over the last 50 years, behind the original Miss Saigon and 42nd Street.

It has been reported that director Jack O'Brien and choreographer Joshua Bergasse will take over creative duties for the production's Broadway arrival. No official announcement has been made.

The cast is currently led by Jonathan Slinger as Willy Wonka, with Barry James as Grandpa Joe, Ross Dawes as Mr Salt, Josefina Gabrielle as Mrs Teavee, Jasna Ivir as Mrs Gloop, Paul J Medford as Mr Beauregarde, Claire Carrie as Grandma Josephine, Lara Denning as Mrs Bucket, Myra Sands as Grandma Georgina and Kraig Thornber as Grandpa George.

The company is being newly joined by Chris Grahamson as Mr Bucket, alongside new ensemble members Alexander Bartles, Lisa Bridge, Melanie Brown, Helen Colby, Ashley Cooper, Alastair Crosswell, Katrina Dix, Ryan Gover, Rebecca Hodge, Peter Houston, Thomas Inge, Mikey Jay-Heath, Joanne McShane, Ben Redfern, Ainsley Hall Ricketts and Johnathan Tweedie. Remaining in the ensemble are: Andy Brady, Georgia Carling, Andrew Carthy, Sam Lathwood, Lucinda Lawrence, Steven Serlin, Robert Tregoning, Tara Verloop and Michelle White.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is produced by Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Neal Street Productions and Langley Park Productions.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 858 8877 or visit CharlieandtheChocolateFactory.com.

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