The Verdict: Critics Review Sam Mendes' Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, With Marc Shaiman-Scott Wittman Score

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25 Jun 2013

Douglas Hodge
Douglas Hodge
Photo by Helen Maybanks

The world-premiere musical version of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, featuring a score by Tony Award winners Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, officially opened June 25 at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.

Directed by Tony, Olivier and Academy Award winner Sam Mendes (Cabaret, "American Beauty"), it has a book by David Greig (Damascus, Outlying Islands), with music and lyrics by Shaiman and lyrics by Wittman – the Tony Award-winning songwriters of Hairspray and "Smash." It has choreography by Tony and Olivier winner Peter Darling (Matilda, Billy Elliot).



The cast is led by Tony and Olivier winner Douglas Hodge (La Cage aux Folles, Cyrano de Bergerac) as Willy Wonka.

The critics have filed their reviews, and Playbill.com has collected them for our readers. Click through to read them all. Playbill.com will continue to update our list as the reviews come in.

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