Come with me and you’ll be in a world of pure imagination! Charlie and the Chocolate Factory takes its audience on a delightful journey celebrating the humble hero, with an infectious enthusiasm, Charlie Bucket and his adventures when he wins a golden ticket to visit Willy Wonka in his chocolate factory.
When: Until Feb 2020
Where: Her Majesty’s Theatre, 219 Exhibition Street MELBOURNE
Cost: From $59.90. Book now.
My Charlie and I loved every minute of this production. There were laughs, gasps and heartwarming moments throughout. The performances by all the cast were just fabulous – they all honestly looked like they were having so much fun.
Roald Dahl’s story is ridiculous and fantastical – and while this production isn’t a carbon copy of the book, it definitely captures the absurd and fantastic perfectly. It’s also different to the film – the score is filled with original music written for the stage production, and the character of Charlie (while still living in squalid and grim circumstances) is filled with a little more spunk and personality.
The stage uses fairly simple props – but those familiar with the storyline can easily let their imagination take them on the journey; the use of simple effects was perfect.
I should add in a disclaimer – the night we attended we were incredibly fortunate as it happened to also be the night Charlie’s cricket mate Edgar was playing the role of Charlie Bucket. He was brilliant – bravo Edgar! (There are five boys who share the role of Charlie.)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a long production… including the interval it is 2.5hours. Younger children may find the rather dramatic demise of Veruka Salt alarming (don’t worry she does come on to bow at the end of the show) and there are a few cheap shots taken at the expense of Russians, Americans and Germans. Our seats were downstairs and we ran out of time, but upstairs are some fun interactive things to do – if you arrive a little early be sure to check if you’re a “good nut”!
We thought this show was loads of fun, if you get the opportunity to go then don’t miss out… you will be swept away on a fantastical adventure.