Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Sets West End Record for Highest Weekly Gross; Booking Extends Through May 2015
27 Jan 2014
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, currently running at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, has announced that it has set the West End record for the highest weekly gross sales, with takings of £1,080,260 during the week commencing Dec. 30.
It broke its own previous record of £1,062,606 that it had established during the week commencing Oct. 28, 2013.
It has also been announced that booking is being extended through May 30, 2015, with tickets on sale from Feb. 7.
The production opened June 25, 2013. Directed by Sam Mendes, it stars Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka, with Nigel Planer as Grandpa Joe, Clive Carter as Mr. Salt, Jasna Ivir as Mrs Gloop, Paul J. Medford as Mr. Beauregarde, Iris Roberts as Mrs. Teavee, Billy Boyle as Grandpa George, Alex Clatworthy as Mrs. Bucket, Roni Page as Grandma Josephine, Myra Sands as Grandma Georgina and Jack Shalloo as Mr. Bucket.
It has music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman, a book by David Greig, set and costume designs by Mark Thompson and choreography by Peter Darling. It is produced by Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Neal Street Productions and Langley Park Productions.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.