Thursday, 27 June 2013

It's all about chocolate .. part 2

So after my fabulous afternoon tea at One Aldwych it was time for me to grab my Golden Ticket and head round the corner to Drury Lane. Here, staged in the newly furbished Theatre Royal is the much loved Roahl Dahl's Charlie & the Chocolate factory. This musical has not been without its problems in preview, but with a ticket for the pre-opening night I had high hopes that all the technical hitches were fixed... I am happy to say they were!
Directed by Sam Mendes, and with a stellar cast including Nigel Planer as Grandpa Joe and Douglas Hodge as the wonderous  Willy Wonka it is a spectacle. With a whole new musical arrangement, don't go expecting a remake of the film with Gene Wilder. What many people forget is that Dahl's books are quite dark ... this is evident in the 1st act which concentrates on Charlie's life at home with his grandparents & parents.. The sets are fabulous and the grandparents dancing in their bed which splits into 4 beds adds some much needed humour in the 1st half. The winners of the  golden tickets are introduced via a large TV screen. Charlie (played by Jack Costello who is a joy) finds the last golden ticket which leads us to met Willy Wonka.

The 2nd act is filled with colour, imagery and fun which is introduced in spades as we meet the Oompa Loompas!... The set designs are fabulous with some clever effects .. Dancing squirrels, shrinking children, chocolate rivers and bursting blueberries.. It's a feast on the senses and a visionary spectacle... Until you are left with one child.. Charlie. As he steps in the glass elevator with Mr Wonka to the strains of Pure Imagination .....Here is a showreel  which includes clips of tap dancing Oompa Loompas and the magical glass elevator.
I loved this show... ignore the negative reviews, this will be huge. The first act is slow & a little dark and there are a couple of songs that don't really add anything to the show BUT this is overshadowed by the 2nd act which is truly fabulous, innovative, and will appeal to the child in all of us.
If you get your hands on a Golden Ticket grab it with both hands and don't swap it for all the chocolate in the world.. A yummy treat for all

1 comment:

Archies Mum said...

You lucky thing, sounds like it was definitely worth watching, and am loving the theme of the afternoon tea that has been created.

Thursday, 27 June 2013

It's all about chocolate .. part 2

So after my fabulous afternoon tea at One Aldwych it was time for me to grab my Golden Ticket and head round the corner to Drury Lane. Here, staged in the newly furbished Theatre Royal is the much loved Roahl Dahl's Charlie & the Chocolate factory. This musical has not been without its problems in preview, but with a ticket for the pre-opening night I had high hopes that all the technical hitches were fixed... I am happy to say they were!
Directed by Sam Mendes, and with a stellar cast including Nigel Planer as Grandpa Joe and Douglas Hodge as the wonderous  Willy Wonka it is a spectacle. With a whole new musical arrangement, don't go expecting a remake of the film with Gene Wilder. What many people forget is that Dahl's books are quite dark ... this is evident in the 1st act which concentrates on Charlie's life at home with his grandparents & parents.. The sets are fabulous and the grandparents dancing in their bed which splits into 4 beds adds some much needed humour in the 1st half. The winners of the  golden tickets are introduced via a large TV screen. Charlie (played by Jack Costello who is a joy) finds the last golden ticket which leads us to met Willy Wonka.

The 2nd act is filled with colour, imagery and fun which is introduced in spades as we meet the Oompa Loompas!... The set designs are fabulous with some clever effects .. Dancing squirrels, shrinking children, chocolate rivers and bursting blueberries.. It's a feast on the senses and a visionary spectacle... Until you are left with one child.. Charlie. As he steps in the glass elevator with Mr Wonka to the strains of Pure Imagination .....Here is a showreel  which includes clips of tap dancing Oompa Loompas and the magical glass elevator.
I loved this show... ignore the negative reviews, this will be huge. The first act is slow & a little dark and there are a couple of songs that don't really add anything to the show BUT this is overshadowed by the 2nd act which is truly fabulous, innovative, and will appeal to the child in all of us.
If you get your hands on a Golden Ticket grab it with both hands and don't swap it for all the chocolate in the world.. A yummy treat for all

1 comment:

Archies Mum said...

You lucky thing, sounds like it was definitely worth watching, and am loving the theme of the afternoon tea that has been created.