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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

London theatre to present Charlie and the Chocolate Factory production

14th January 2013

A London theatre will host a new £10 million production of the famous Charlie and the Chocolate Factory tale.

The new stage version of the Roald Dahl book is being directed by San Mendes and will be performed at London's Drury Lane Theatre.

Visitors staying in central London hotels will be able to see the much-anticipated show when it opens for previews on May 18th, while general performances start in June.

The songs for the musical show delete have been written by Mark Shaiman and Scott Wittman - the duo behind the Tony Award-winning musical Hairspray and the popular US television series Smash.

Peter Darling will be overseeing the choreography in the show that change to comma which is set to be a hit with families and musical fans.

The main role of Willy Wonka will be played by Olivier Award winner Douglas Hodge and he recently explained that he was looking forward to a new challenge in bringing the eccentric character to life.

Part of the thrill for me is that it's brand new," explained Hodge to the Daily Telegraph.

"No one's ever heard the songs before. Shows like Guys and Dolls are brilliant, but you're doing stuff that's already been done. So to have something that's a clean slate is great."

Hodge won an Olivier Award in 2009 for his role in La Cage Aux Follies and starred in the BBC's Middlemarch series.

The Theatre Royal Drury Lane is close to Covent Garden London Underground station, which is on the Piccadilly Line.

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