Roald Dahl’s 1964 book tells of a young boy from a poor family who wins the chance to explore a magical sweet factory after discovering a golden ticket inside one of Willy Wonka’s chocolate bars.
The part of the factory’s eccentric owner, Willy Wonka, previously played on film by Gene Wilder in 1971 and Johnny Depp in 2005 will be British actor Douglas Hodge (La Cage aux Folles).
Nigel Planer will play the role of Grandpa Joe. Most well known as Neil from the Young Ones, Planer is a West End veteran who previously starred in We Will Rock You.
Sam Mendes will be directing, who is probably best known for directing American Beauty and Skyfall, the 23rd James Bond movie to be released later this year. But for the stage he is equally accomplished having directed productions as diverse as Uncle Vanya, Twelfth Night, Cabaret, Oliver! and Gypsy.
The first night of previews is Friday, 17 May 2013