First Two Previews of West End's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Canceled
14 May 2013
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN
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."
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.