When Charlie wins a golden ticket to the weird and wonderful Wonka Chocolate Factory, it's the chance of a lifetime to feast on the sweets he's always dreamed of. But beyond the gates astonishment awaits, as down the sugary corridors and amongst the incredible edible delights, the five lucky winners discover not everything is as sweet as it seems.
Audiences can currently see Jonathan Slinger in the role of Willy Wonka (as of February 2016).Since the show opened, the part has also been played by Douglas Hodge and Alex Jennings.
Though perhaps best known for film work, Sam Mendes started his career in the theatre, directing shows like The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice in the 1990s.
The musical was written by David Greig, whilst Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman provide the music and lyrics respectively.