Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane



Embark on a magical journey through Roald Dahl's classic tale, with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the musical on stage at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

After finding golden tickets hidden beneath the wrappers of their favourite chocolate bars, five lucky children and their parents win the chance to enter the greatest chocolate factory in the world and meet its eccentric owner Willy Wonka. Among them is young Charlie Bucket, a poor but virtuous boy and the story’s unsuspecting hero. The golden ticket sends Charlie and his grandpa Joe on an amazing adventure, into a world of sugary delights and pure imagination.

Enter the chocolate garden, meet the Oompa-Loompas and see the glass lift fly through the starry night in this award-winning musical directed by Sam Mendes and brought to life with clever stagecraft and incredible sets.

Don’t miss this spectacular production as it enters its fourth and final year in London’s West End, and celebrates 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl in 2016.

Check out our top 10 London musicals for more dazzling productions on the West End stage.

Sam Mendes

Venue Details & Map

Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Catherine Street
0871 7331000
Public transport:
Tube: Covent Garden or Holborn

Yelp Reviews

3.5 out of 5 based on 21 reviews

Top 5 reviews of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory: The Musical at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane

5.0 out of 5 2 October 2016
by Symone S.

This was my first west end show and i thought it was really good! It didnt portray the story exactly like the original film which was good as it made it unique.. each scene looked really good and realistic so a big pat of the back to the stage props team.. the actors and actresses where also good and sang beautifully! The only down side was where i was sitting. I was sitting in the balcony...more

4.0 out of 5 22 April 2016
by George C.

Don't get confused that this play is only for children. I had seen the movie in the past but I didn't like it - so I didn't had so big expectations from the theatrical play. But, I really enjoyed that. The lighting and set design is just amazing. Having seen many musicals/plays in West End, I would definitely say that this theatrical version of the movie has so many special effects, costumes,...more

4.0 out of 5 31 March 2016
by Mandy S.

One again I'm struggling between 3 or 4 stars. Granted this is not the top musical in London and there are certainly many out there that are incredible but the props and costumes are dazzling fun and colorful.

I understand other reviews dating the first part is a bit dragged but overall it was a nice night out but bottom line- I'd only recommend if you have seen the other top musicals in...more

2.0 out of 5 22 January 2016
by Yuen P L.

The world of Willy Wonka is supposed to be beyond imagination, exceed expectation and delight at every turn; sadly this musical did none of these things. That is not to say that it is unwatchable but I was admittedly disappointed as I had expected much more. To be frank the brief performance the cast had put on at the Children in Need television broadcast was more spell-binding than the actual...more

5.0 out of 5 17 August 2015
by Samantha A.

I have seen many musicals in the past, including Mary Poppins and Wicked in NYC, The Phantom of the Opera in Chicago, and The Lion King in St. Louis. This is now by far my favorite musical! One disclosure should be favorite Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movie is the new one with Johnny Depp.

We came to London on a last minute trip and weren't able to get great seats for...more

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