The first two previews of the new West End musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory — due to begin performances at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane May 17 — have been canceled.
Those performances (May 17-18) will be replaced by an additional preview May 22, which will now become the show's first public preview, and another extra performance to be scheduled during a forthcoming holiday period, to be announced.
According to a press statement, "Unforeseen problems in the delivery of a piece of stage engineering by a contractor have caused delays to the schedule." Ryan Petersen, a spokesman for the production, commented, "The whole production team is frustrated by this unforeseen delay in what has otherwise been a very smooth and exciting rehearsal period."
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